How to Stop Googlebot from Crawling Your Site Rapidly

Sep 27, 2007 • 8:57 am | comments (3) by | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

A DigitalPoint Forums member is concerned about the heavy crawling performed by the Googlebot. He claims that Google is crawling 3GB of data from his site a month and wants to reduce this as it's a bit excessive in his opinion.

This is possible and can be done through the Google Webmaster Central Tools. . Click on the Tools button on the left hand navigation and then choose "Crawl Rate." You'll get a screen like this:

Google Webmaster Tools: Change Your Crawl Rate

If you want to reduce the crawl delay, you can do so here. Google advises you that if you want to use a slower rate, it will be valid for 90 days. If, after that time, Google determines that it is crawling your site too slowly, it will present the webmaster with a recommendation about crawling the site at a faster rate (or the webmaster can continue having the site crawled at the slower rate).

Forum discussion continues at DigitalPoint Forums.

This post was written on September 25th and was scheduled for publication on September 27.

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