New Googlebot controls for webmasters

Google has added new features to its tools for webmasters, allowing us to request Google index our site faster and more thoroughly than before. Crank it up!

Control Googlebot crawl rate

Google Webmaster tools crawl rate request

You can now control how frequently Googlebot crawls your site over the next 90 days. Webmasters can ask Googlebot to slow down or speed up for the next 90 days. Your choice may affect your total bandwidth usage but the tradeoff is possibly more frequent visits from Google’s discovery and indexing tools.

Enhanced image search

Google Webmaster tools enhanced image search preference

Webmasters can now opt-in to Google enhanced image search. If you opt-in Google may use tools such as Google Image Labeler to add keywords to associate your images with crowdsourced keywords.

Summary

I’m a big fan of Google Webmaster Tools to maintain a better relationship with what can be my biggest source of referrals. The new tweaks from Google allow Google to learn more about my site and possibly send a few more referrals my way using current and experimental methods. Not everyone uses Google’s Webmaster Tools, so I feel like I have a bit of an edge, however artificial that hope may be.

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  1. Clement on wrote:

    nice post, Niall.
    I wonder why Google or other search engines don’t have the ping-server like solution to handle pages update like they got syndicated for blogs/news.

  2. Antony Shen on wrote:

    A good feature added by Google, but a bit too late?

    Why doesn’t Google understand “Crawl-delay” as popularly used by Yahoo! etc? Instead, each webmaster must have an account with Google just to control the rate.