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Search Engine Friendly: Helping Googlebot Crawl Your Blog

I’ve talked about Google, how search engines search your site, and how people use search engines to find your site, so check out Scribbling.net’s “Help the Googlebot Understand Your Website, a step-by-step look at how Google’s spider crawls through your blog or site gathering information and storing it in its database for the world to search and find YOU.

When authoring a web site, keep in mind that the Googlebot is software, which means it has a set of capabilities and limitations and algorithms it uses to index content. There are lots of effective ways to trip up the Googlebot and make it impossible for it to index your content. Alternately, the Googlebot can index your site well, and then people will find it when searching for words it contains.

As a web site author, there are a few simple things you can do to help the Googlebot understand your web site as fully as possible.

It is critically important it is to design and develop your website or blog to be as search engine friendly as possible, so here are more articles that might help you learn more about how search engine optimization works.


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8 Comments

  1. Posted May 24, 2007 at 9:05 pm | Permalink

    This is a great wordpress to share information about your website.
    Thanks

  2. Posted May 24, 2007 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

    So whats else we can do in this worldpress website.

  3. Posted June 25, 2007 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

    The Googlebot Crawl of your blog is so important. This about how many people find the site by a topic keyword in the blog (like I found this one by searching googlebot and blog).

  4. NYC
    Posted July 2, 2008 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    If the googlebot can not navigate through your site in a concise manner then you will not place high in terms of rank through google. Google bots also look for proper grammar and word association so be mindful.

    Thanks for a great blog

  5. Posted August 19, 2008 at 5:11 am | Permalink

    how to make it faster?

  6. Posted August 19, 2008 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    @ Janamasthmi:

    You are going to have to be more specific with your question. How to make what faster? XML sitemaps? Google’s bots? Getting indexed by Google? Page Rank updates?

  7. Posted May 30, 2009 at 10:39 pm | Permalink

    How to show the last time the Googlebot visited your wordpress site

    First add a table called wp_googlebot with a column called googlebotdate

    then add these 2 functions to your functions.php file:

    function googlebotechoit() {
    global $wpdb;
    $googlebot = $wpdb->get_var( “SELECT googlebotdate FROM wp_googlebot” );
    return sprintf(’Googlebot visited this page ‘.$googlebot);
    }

    function googlebotit() {
    global $wpdb;
    $googledatea = date(’l jS \of F Y h:i:s A’);
    $wpdb->query( “UPDATE wp_googlebot SET googlebotdate = ‘$googledatea’” );
    }

    add this to header.php after the tag

    <?php $useragent = $_SERVER['HTTP_USER_AGENT'];
    if ($useragent = “Googlebot/2.1 (+http://www.googlebot.com/bot.html)”) {
    echo googlebotit();
    }

    and this where you want it to show up

    http://www.kitmobley.com/blogs/how-to-show-the-last-time-the-googlebot-visited-your-wordpress-site/

  8. Posted March 31, 2010 at 4:50 am | Permalink

    hey, thanks for the tips, im new to all this!


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