Hosted On A CDN? You May Get A Special GoogleBot Crawl Rate

Oct 5, 2011 • 8:42 am | comments (8) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

Google Cloud SEOGary Illyes from Google responded to a question in the Google Webmaster Help forums about hosting your content on a CDN, content delivery network.

The question was why did Google assign a special crawl rate to his site.

Gary from Google said, Google may assign content hosted on a CDN with a special crawl rate. He specifically said you should most likely never increase the crawl rate manually if you are on a CDN, at best, leave it for Google to decide. You can lower the crawl rate, but do not increase it.

Gary from Google explained:

When you're using a CDN, we may assign a special crawl rate for your site so that we can crawl as much as possible without affecting negatively others who're using the same service. It's best to not tackle that setting, especially since we're already accessing your site more than 4000 times a day.

If you want to lower your crawling rate, let me know, but I definitely not recommend increasing it. I'd rather focus on posting unique and compelling content and on user experience.

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Forum discussion at Google Webmaster Help.

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