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Google Crawl Spikes After URL Parameter Tool Went Offline?



Google Crawl Spikes After URL Parameter Tool Went Offline?

As you know, last week, on April 26th, Google disabled the URL parameter tool within Google Search Console and stopped respecting any of the rules added to that tool. Some are asking if the recent crawl spikes they saw with Googlebot was related to this change.

Dave Smart posted on Twitter charts showing his crawl activity spiking around this time. Of course, this can easily be unrelated to the URL parameter tool. It is almost impossible to isolate this crawl spike to the URL parameter tool. But Dave did say there were no other changes around this time.

Here are his tweets:

Glenn Gabe jumped in to say it is likely unrelated:

And John Mueller from Google agreed:

Of course, anything is possible. I have heard from some others privately that they saw significant crawl spikes after the URL parameter tool went away – and yes, they used that tool heavily. But again, it is impossible to confirm without having access to Google’s end.

Have you noticed this as well? What do you all think?

Forum discussion at Twitter.



Daily Search Forum Recap: December 9, 2022



Here is a recap of what happened in the search forums today, through the eyes of the Search Engine Roundtable and other search forums on the web.

Google is testing the new topic refinements on desktop search. Google’s John Mueller dislikes HTML sitemaps a lot. Google said if you use a CDN or cloud hosting then set up tests to make sure Googlebot is not being blocked. Google says only update the date of your stories if you make significant changes, this is my 2023 version of this story. Google posted its top searches for 2022, the year in search. And I posted my weekly SEO video recap.

Search Engine Roundtable Stories:

Other Great Search Threads:

Search Engine Land Stories:

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