Ultimate Guide for Googlebot and How to Control it

The Ultimate Guide for Googlebot

Everyone in this digital world knows about the Googlebot, but the new blogger or starter will have some sort of doubts. So for them Ultimate guide for Googlebot is useful.

First of all, let’s know:

What is Googlebot?

Googlebot is a “WebCrawler” used by google. It is also well known as spiders, robots. Commonly, it is defined as search bot software.

This google bot crawls trillions of websites and webpage’s consistent. Google makes use of GoogleBot to search and scan the web sites and retrieve information from them.


What Does Googlebot Do?

Googlebot primarily checks the data on the web. Then it moves to the web page. It scans the complete information present in your webpage’s.

Then retrieves the data it has scanned. Thereafter, it follows your pages/posts and checks every link that you have mentioned.

It scans everything including text files, code, alt tag etc. Then it provides the scanned information to Google for indexing your site. This is all about google bot and what does Googlebot do.

But, what is google index?


What is Google Index?

Google index is just like a library which stores every webpage’s in it.

When every Googlebot collects new information from your website and provides to Google index, Simultaneously google index updates the content regarding your blog in it and then the page is indexed.

As I said earlier google index receives the information from the google bot and store the information.

But what does it do after storing?

It ranks your page. That mean it provides a source to discover your website in the search engine. So, if you want to make you site visible, it must be indexed. Hence, Googlebot should crawl it.


How Does Googlebot see a Webpage?

Firstly google bot doesn’t go through the web page as we humans do. Bots only see the individual part of the page like HTML, CSS, JS, image etc.

While checking through a web page, if it finds anything inaccessible then it just ignores them and it doesn’t collect any information from that particular page.

Googlebot can’t even access a page if you have blocked any CSS or JavaScript coding using the robots.txt file.

So if google bot doesn’t gather any information from your web page, then it can’t be indexed.

Hence, you won’t be visible in the google search engine. So make sure whether you have submitted or made a way for google bot to crawl your page.


Common Problem Where Googlebot Can’t Index:

Common Problems of Googlebot
Common Problems of Googlebot


These are some of the common problems where google bot can’t be indexed.

  • When blocked by robots.txt file.
  • Image link and alt link.
  • If modified since HTTP header.
  • If page links are not readable or correct.
  • Overwhelming on flash or other technologies that web crawlers may have
  • An issue with Bad HTML or coding errors.
  • Over complicated dynamic links.

So guys now you are acquainted with google bot. You have learned the benefits of google bot crawling and indexing.

But have you thought to hide your private content or web page information which you don’t want to share?

So definitely, you should have a control over google bot.

Then here it is.


How can you control google bot??

Googlebot is commonly controlled by using the robots.txt file.

Googlebot follows the instruction received from robots.txt. Well, the robots.txt file is a set of instructions provided to google bot whether to scan or access the particular page or the particular content of the page.

By using the robots.txt file, we can control google bot.

Apart from these, there are other measures to control.


We can control google bot by:

  1. Using sitemap.
  2. Making use of google search console.
  3. Placing robot’s instruction in the header.
  4. Providing robot’s instruction in the metadata of the web page.

These are the measures to control google bot.


How to check whether your page is perfectly indexed?

If you want to check whether your web page is indexed or not, then you can follow this tip.

Just type:  Site: Your site name i.e. Site:yourwebsite.com.

Now, by typing these, you are asking Google to show all the indexed web pages.

googlebot indexed pages check
Googlebot indexed pages check


If you are not able to find any webpage’s, it means you are not indexed yet. So be wiser and cautious when you control Googlebot. 

I hope this article has helped you regarding Google and indexing. Thank you for visiting! For any queries comment below or you contact us from our contact us form. Enjoy blogging!!

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