Google bot-- what is it?

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Google bot-- what is it?

Post  Paddie paw on Sat Aug 29, 2009 5:34 pm

The google bot is not anything to be worried of. Here is the wikipedia definition:

Googlebot is the search bot software used by Google, which collects documents from the web to build a searchable index for the Google search engine.

A Web crawler is a computer program that browses the World Wide Web in a methodical, automated manner. Other terms for Web crawlers are ants, automatic indexers, bots, and worms[1] or Web spider, Web robot, or—especially in the FOAF community—Web scutter[2].

This process is called Web crawling or spidering. Many sites, in particular search engines, use spidering as a means of providing up-to-date data. Web crawlers are mainly used to create a copy of all the visited pages for later processing by a search engine that will index the downloaded pages to provide fast searches. Crawlers can also be used for automating maintenance tasks on a Web site, such as checking links or validating HTML code. Also, crawlers can be used to gather specific types of information from Web pages, such as harvesting e-mail addresses (usually for spam).

A Web crawler is one type of bot, or software agent. In general, it starts with a list of URLs to visit, called the seeds. As the crawler visits these URLs, it identifies all the hyperlinks in the page and adds them to the list of URLs to visit, called the crawl frontier. URLs from the frontier are recursively visited according to a set of policies.


It is only looking for webpages in which it can add to the search engine as links. It doesn't monitor us or anything.
Phew!
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Re: Google bot-- what is it?

Post  Blitz on Mon Aug 31, 2009 6:14 am

phew is right. but wiki is not the most corect sorce for data........HOWEVER! (I like that word i don't know why) I can be some what reliable but i like google defentions more.
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