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  • Google SEO Myth Busting Video On GoogleBot – Search Engine Roundtable

    23rd May 2019


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    Yesterday Google posted the second video in the SEO Myth busting video series, this one was on GoogleBot. It wasn’t really a myth busting video, like the first, but it was very fun to watch. It covers what Googlebot does, how it acts like a mobile browser, how it crawls, touches on JavaScript sites, how to detect GoogleBot, mobile-first indexing and more.

    Here is the video:

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    That was with Martin Splitt of Google and guest Suz Hinton Cloud Developer Advocate at Microsoft.

    Here is the description from the video:

    • What is – and what is not – Googlebot (crawling, indexing, ranking) (1:02)
    • Does Googlebot behave like a web browser? (3:33)
    • How often does Googlebot crawl, how much does it crawl, and how much can a server bear? (4:03)
    • Crawlers & JavaScript-based websites (9:04)
    • How do you tell that it’s Googlebot visiting your site? (11:12)
    • The difference between mobile-first indexing and mobile friendliness (12:28)
    • Quality indicators for ranking (13:35)

    Documentation mentioned in this episode:

    • What Crawl Budget Means for Googlebot →
    • Google crawlers (user agents) – see which robots Google uses to crawl the web →
    • Implement dynamic rendering →
    • Prepare for mobile-first indexing →

    It was a fun watch but for most of the readers here, you won’t be learning anything new…

    Forum discussion at Twitter.


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