Googlebot is the bot responsible for crawling and indexing web pages for Google search.
- How does Googlebot see my website?
When a website is loaded, Google initially crawls the static HTML until it has resources. Only then will they discover further content available in this web page’s rendered output.
How does Googlebot see my website?
In order to see your website, Google needs to be able to find it. Googlebot crawls the web and looks for indexed websites. It then uses things like backlinks, sitemaps and page information to crawl a website where it then is able to determine what particular websites are offering, in the most basic explanation of it. Some of the key ways to help Google find your website and make crawling it easier include:
- A website optimised for speed that does not use unnecessary code and is fast
- An XML sitemap that makes all of your pages discoverable
- A well-organised site hierarchy that makes it simple to find all of your pages
- Indexing your site to search console and regularly submitting URLs when updates have been made
Websites used to be designed with the expectation that their content would only live in an admin directory and not on websites.
When a search engine downloads a web document and starts analyzing it, the first thing it does is understand the document type. If the document is a non-HTML file then there is no need to render the document.
If they are allowed, search engines must succeed in downloading the file, which in turn wastes the crawl budget and can make it harder to crawl your website altogether.
Whilst Google has changed the way that it crawls websites, it doesn’t mean that you can just build websites without any care of the backend.