Google Favicon Crawler Now Uses Googlebot & Googlebot-Image Token

Mar 14, 2022 • 7:31 am | comments (0) by | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

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Google has updated its Google crawler help documentation to specific that the Google Favicon crawler now respects the Googlebot and Googlebot-Image robots rules. Previously, it seemed to just respect its own Google Favicon rules but that was changed or updated a few days ago.

The docs from earlier this year show this:

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The revised document shows this:

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Dave Smart, where I found this from, said on Twitter "FYI: Looks like the favicon crawler from google now respects Googlebot-Image / Googlebot robots.txt rules, (followed it own, Googlebot favicon, before apparently) so perhaps make sure you're not blocking it accidentally now."

Forum discussion at Twitter.

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