Google's Set Crawl Rate Feature Works at Domain or Sub Domain Only

Oct 25, 2007 • 8:15 am | comments (2) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization
 

A Google Groups thread has a fairly simple but educational FAQ on how the "Set Crawl Rate" feature works in Google Webmaster Tools.

In short, you can only set the crawl rate for a site on the domain or subdomain level. If you have folders and want to control the crawl rate for items within the folder, you are out of luck.

Googler, Susan Moskwa, said:

The crawl rate tool is only available for sites at the domain or subdomain level; since your site is in a subfolder (/lcsworks), the tool is unavailable for that particular site. If you can verify freewebs.com or a subdomain of freewebs.com, you'll be able to set the crawl rate for one of those sites.

What is the Google Crawl Rate feature? You can learn more about it over here and here. Here is a snap shot of the page, that you can get to by clicking on "tools" and then clicking on "Set crawl rate."

Google Crawl Rate

Forum discussion at Google Groups.

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Comments:

Gail Nobles

10/27/2007 11:38 am

I don't know a lot about crawl rates and stuff. I'm learning a lot of new things about how pages are crawled and subdomains. I was shocked to see my subdomain url (www.freewebs.com/littlebennyandfriends) in the search engines. I didn't think Google would allow it. I think subdomains are alright.

diane

10/29/2009 02:49 am

what should a crawl rate be set to for a big site, should you leave the crawl rate the way it is or should you adjust it

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