Google Doesn't Put GoogleBot On A Leash - Manually That Is

Dec 24, 2014 - 8:17 am 1 by

googlebot blinkingA Google Webmaster Help thread has one webmaster asking why GoogleBot seems to be maxed out at crawling his site at 10 requests per second. The webmaster even documented the behavior over time and plotted it in this graph below.

He wanted to know why is there a cap at 10 requests per second, why not do more if the server can handle it?

Google's John Mueller answered him that there is indeed no cap, it is set automatically and GoogleBot will crawl as much as it thinks it can, without harming your server. John said thee is "no hard-coded limit of 10 QPS for crawling." He said there is nothing for you to do, with the exception of not limiting GoogleBot yourself from crawling your site.

If you think something is wrong, John said you can always click on the "Report a problem with Googlebot" link within Webmaster Tools to help Google debug the crawl issue.

Here is that chart:

click for full size

Forum discussion at Google Webmaster Help.


Popular Categories

The Pulse of the search community


Search Video Recaps

Google Core Update Flux, AdSense Ad Intent, California Link Tax & More - YouTube
Video Details More Videos Subscribe to Videos

Most Recent Articles

Search Forum Recap

Daily Search Forum Recap: April 24, 2024

Apr 24, 2024 - 4:00 pm
Google Search Engine Optimization

Google: We Won't Change The 301 Redirect Signals For Ranking & SEO

Apr 24, 2024 - 7:51 am

Google Image Search Tests Tablet Like Design Interface

Apr 24, 2024 - 7:41 am
Google Search Engine Optimization

Google: Our Link Best Practices Doc Are Still Good Guidelines

Apr 24, 2024 - 7:31 am
Google Ads

Google Ads Established In Extensions

Apr 24, 2024 - 7:21 am
Bing Search

Bing Tests Lock Icon In New Search Snippet Location

Apr 24, 2024 - 7:11 am
Previous Story: Google At Webwinkel Vakdagen : Join For Free