Google explains crawl budget
In 2017, Google’s Gary Illyes explained what crawl budget is, how crawl rate limits work, what crawl demand is and what factors impact a site’s crawl budget.
As Illyes explained, most sites don’t need to worry about crawl budget.
“Prioritizing what to crawl, when, and how much resource the server hosting the site can allocate to crawling is more important for bigger sites, or those that auto-generate pages based on URL parameters,” Illyes said.
More from Illyes:
- Crawl rate limit is designed to help Google not crawl your pages too much and too fast where it hurts your server.
- Crawl demand is how much Google wants to crawl your pages. This is based on how popular your pages are and how stale the content is in the Google index.
- Crawl budget is “taking crawl rate and crawl demand together.” Google defines crawl budget as “the number of URLs Googlebot can and wants to crawl.”
Read all about it in Google explains what “crawl budget” means for webmasters.
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