How To Ask GoogleBot (Google) To Crawl Your Site

Oct 11, 2007 • 7:35 am | comments (37) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

Last week Tamar wrote about How to Stop Googlebot from Crawling Your Site Rapidly, so I thought I write about the opposite. How can you induce GoogleBot into crawling your site.

Although there is no magic shot that guarantees inducement of the crawl you can always increase your chances of that crawl in a few ways.

  • Submit a Sitemap file to Google Webmaster Tools
  • Make sure you have plenty of links pointing to your site from pages that are already in the Google index
  • Build out a real sitemap for users
  • Make sure you have a search engine friendly site
  • Increase the crawl rate at Google Webmaster Tools to "Faster"

I am sure there are many other ways to help induce a crawl, but here are just a few good ways to do it.

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10/11/2007 12:32 pm

re Increase the crawl rate at Google Webmaster Tools to "Faster" As far as i can see this option is hardly ever available.


10/11/2007 01:09 pm

Any information regarding Googlebot crawl rate speed = faster would be of great help. I am new to web design, having started a New Media company I aim to add value by generating SEO friendly website design, researching the concept of a symantec web and contirbuting, where possible, to the development of structured on-line information

Ben Pfeiffer

10/11/2007 03:33 pm

The option to set crawl rate to "faster" is available more often if you have old domain or sites which haven't been updated or doesn't contain any substantial content. You then launch a new site on this domain and sometimes you get a "faster" option but not always. It does work well if this option is available, it will usually hit your site for 3-4 months and then taper to a normal level.


10/11/2007 08:42 pm

As mentioned in the "faster" setting for crawl rate is only available when it is determined that the Googlebot would be ready to crawl the site faster anyway. For sites that are not being crawled yet, this setting will likely not be available. Also, as mentioned, the setting will return to normal after 90 days. Keep in mind that "normal" could be faster or slower than before (it depends on many factors).


02/26/2009 05:59 am

I turned my site to faster crawling but it is not indexing newer pages. For example, my last page added was on Feb. 11th..And it was added almost instantly. Since then it has not indexed any new pages..

Rob Abdul

02/26/2009 02:05 pm

Raptorak, just a thought, Do you have a sitemap.xml? If so have you tried to set the priority of your new page to 1. Does your last page added have a link form your homepage or the highest ranked page on your site? Google in February has been very slow in indexing content. Yahoo Slurp is much faster at the moment.


10/15/2009 03:23 pm

it is quite useful information.i have set my site's crawl rate to faster. And i think its much better than normal because googlebot is indexing my pages faster than before. Its nice and thanks to webmasterteam.

No Name

12/16/2009 05:26 am

Great information. But in google webmaster I still dont have the special setting for the crawl rate?

David Francis

05/30/2010 09:08 pm

I have set my crawl rate to much faster for and have not seen a significant index, and it has been a couple of weeks now. Does anyone know how soon they would see any differences? The rate returns to normal after 3 months.

HP Bryce

06/05/2010 12:52 pm

It has been over a month since Google has crawled my site and I am set to fast on webmaster tools. They just tell me to wait. makes me want to scream. Over one month and counting is too long for a new site IMHO.


06/23/2010 11:53 am

My site for peeps who want to register a cc, also gets slow crawl rates. I found that making sure all of your links are not broken cause this can affect how Google crawls your site.


07/21/2010 04:01 pm

Another quick question. How do you know when last Google-bot crawled your site?


08/05/2010 11:56 am

I've been getting Googlebot visits everday to my blog because I add content everyday but I just finally added a sitemap to my blog for the first time. How do I know if the sitemap is working correctly? Thanks for this post.


09/03/2010 11:50 am

@Brads (Posted by Brads at July 21, 2010 12:01) Webmaster tool can show that info under crawler access. But, you can do a little tweak to it if you want to instantly know when googlebot or any other major search engine bot crawled you. How to do that? Check this,

Jake W.

10/30/2010 05:52 pm

My website is not getting crawled as often as I wish but I'm working on it. Thanks!

David Pye

11/28/2010 06:26 pm

Thanks for the advise but my site does seem to be getting crawled still


03/08/2011 09:35 am

i am also having a few issues with my website

Malay Kothari

03/12/2011 01:16 pm

i am trying to do the same for my site


05/26/2011 08:12 am

does this googlebot service cost something?


05/28/2011 01:48 am

Wow, the whole articel was based on how to increase crawl rate, but all you did is list the one's everyone knows then say "I am sure there are many other ways to help induce a crawl, but here are just a few good ways to do it" Which basically means you don't know what they are and you're providing nothing more than ABC content.

06/23/2011 07:17 am

update your site with good contents and google surely crawl your website with in a day . Lots of Pakistani   Focusing on this Thing and myself haven't got any crawl problem yet but make sure your contents is unique not copy paste.


06/29/2011 06:37 pm

Thank you for the tip, I am currently promoting 3 products launches through 3 of my blogspot webpages. I recently made an update on the content but Google has not crawled it yet and I would like it to get crawled soon. I enhanced the on page optimization on it so it very important. Below are my 3 webpages: Feedback would be helpful...Thanks List Eruption Bonus Review Commission Vigilante Bonus    Google Siphon Bonus

waqas umar

07/22/2011 12:23 pm

thankyou , its helping, hope to get some way from here:)

Dial Kbb

10/29/2011 03:23 pm

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11/04/2011 05:25 pm

Thank you I hope I now can have bot crawl over my site.


11/28/2011 12:41 pm

i want to make google crawling  for  my website


12/20/2011 04:16 am

I messed up! Changed my title page by mistake. I am now patiently waiting for google to crawl my site:

Alex Harrild

01/05/2012 10:10 pm

me too!! just launching and now waiting for my next google crawl!! please soon!!

Klsdf Ol

01/25/2012 07:41 am

I have set my crawl rate to much faster for  and have not seen a significant index :(

Dilhan Maduranga

02/10/2012 04:51 am

I too wanted to index my site . I used web master tools, site was indexed "Fetch as google-bot" is really helpful. Then I found out using seotoolscentral that the site to be more optimized. I changed as the tips on the site. ' That was some days ago, but still  is not reindexed. Isn't there a meta tag or anything to say the crawler to come and check my site frequently? 


03/01/2012 06:40 am

Google did not crawl my site in 6 month... Please help

Princes S

03/14/2012 08:25 pm

Google did't crawl my site..


12/02/2012 01:53 am

Crawling is very important. We know. But how to get our site crawled is a question. This post covers some good points describing the method. :)


06/26/2013 07:22 pm

Hey friends, I have submitted my website: and it works well


03/01/2014 07:42 pm

google is not indexing my site posts. my site is 07months old. only two or three posts are going to index. what can i do.

Van Duc Son Ha

03/20/2014 03:20 am

I've used the feature "Fetch as Google" but it is always in error. . The notification is Unreachable page. Any advice?


07/07/2014 12:01 am

I have an issue Google is not indexing my web page last night i tried to fetch is as Google bot in webmaster then the page started to show in the search with the keywords i have used all was going very well but suddenly it disappeared but when i enter the whole link in Google search it shows up but not with the keywords. Note: 1. I use to have a page with the almost same link but i wanted to change so i stopped its indexing in sitemap that i have submitted. 2. I accidentally over tried fetch is as Google bot in webmaster :( but I accidentally did that it was confusing :S Any help to fix the issue or suggestions will be appreciated.

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