Last Update - 11 Nov 2020
What is a Googlebot and how does it work?
What is a Googlebot and how does it work? ok, Let me describe to you in detail now. No webpage (blog/website) can be indexed into a search engine until and unless it gets crawled by Google robots.
The web crawler software used by Google, which collects documents from the web to build a searchable index for it is known as a Googlebot.
In today's article we shall learn on what is a Googlebot bot and how does it work?
The word Googlebot reminds me of a cute, smart WALL-E Robot which is on its way to collect all the information from the faraway world and get it indexed later on.
If you are still unaware of the word Googlebot then you must have a look at this article till the end and all your doubts shall be cleared.
What is a Googlebot?
Googlebot is the web crawler software used by Google, which collects documents from the web to build a searchable index for the Google Search engine.
This is a generic name for Google's Web crawler. This name is actually used to refer to two different types of web crawlers:
- Desktop Crawler
- Mobile Crawler
A desktop Crawler simulates the user on a desktop. Whereas, a mobile crawler simulates the user on a mobile phone.
The bot is a type of software, it is also known as a software robot/spider. The bot has been developed with the help of artificial intelligence and Machine learning. The main work of a Googlebot is to collect documents from the web to build a searchable index for the Google Search engine.
Every search engine has its own bots that crawl a blog/website for them. Here we are going to take you through the bots used by the king search engine, Google.
In order to index different types of crawl systems, Google has a no. Of Google bots, which we can also refer to as the Googlebot family.
Every Googlebot works in a different manner. You must have noticed that whenever you type a keyword in Google a no. of Google menus appear.
For Ex. News, Images, Videos, Shopping, Maps, Books etc. Each of these categories work differently.
How does a Googlebot work?
Every search engine has a different search console, which is also known as The Webmaster tool. In the same way Google has the Search console tool.
Whenever you do a search console crawl on any of your Blog's page, post or even the whole of website, the whole Googlebot family forms a group on your Blog.
As we have told you earlier that Google has a number of bots, each of which works differently. Whenever one of these bots visits your blog it reviews the information provided on it.
For example if you request one of your article to get indexed through the Google search console. It reviews the Image, audio, videos, location if present amy besides the text.
In the same manner, according to the work nature of each bot it Copies the data from your blog amd stores it in it's server. When the job a bot is completed on your blog it leaves.
Now, the bot gets the URL of your blog post indexed into the Google search engine. Whenever a user Goes through the Search result of a keyword Of your blog post, Google shows your content according to your ranking into the search result.
Types of Googlebot (Google Bot user agent)?
Google has developed a number of bots or user agent, Who work differently to develop the search result. Below you can see the types of Googlebot's and the work they do.
This bot of Google, works specifically for the desktop version. It crawls the Any webpage in it's desktop version.
This is specific for a Mobile browser. It helps make your website mobile friendly.
Yhe work of an Google AdSense bot is to review the ad services. It shows ads to the user according to their search behaviour.
AdWord.is the ad of Google which along with AdSense shows ad on the blog. The work of an AdWord bot is to monitor the result based on the user's choice who visited the blog.
Whenever you put an image in your into webpage or block post, the Google Image bot crawls it and inserts the same into the Google search result. In this way your image becomes a part of the Google search result.
Basically whenever there is an addition of YouTube videos or video content from some other source into the blog post, the Google video bot Crawls them and shows them in the Google video result as well as in the all results section.
If your website is news related Or it contains or provides information related to news then the Google news bot appears On your website.
Whenever you post a new update the bot quickly appears and crawls the information given on it which later it shows in the search result.
Whenever you post any information on a book or even provide a book related link then this bot appears there and later helps show it into the search result.
How to stop Googlebot from visiting your website
Now we shall learn on how to stop the Googlebot from visiting your website.
Every website contains some private pages. Or you can say that your website has some pages which are under process and you wouldn't want the Googlebot to show into the search result. For this purpose, you'll consider stopping the bot from visiting your website.so that it doesn't get them indexed. Now the question is what will you do to achieve this?