Updated on: 2022-02-05

Name: Crawl

Referred to as: n/a

Category: On-Page SEO, Technical SEO

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In SEO, crawl is the process when different search engines like Google, Being, etc. send a bot to any live web page or web post and scan or read accordingly. 

Of course, there should be permission issues to crawl any live web page or post which is strictly maintained by the site admin. Basically, an admin maintains it by ensuring proper use of Robots.txt. 

It is important to give permission to any crawler of any pages or sites to index them based on the specific search result of a different search engine.


Our take:

Crawl is one of the most important parts in SEO. It’s significant to index any website, even a single post or a page. 

On the other hand, a web crawler is an automated software program that deeply analysis all the links on a web page, identifying new pages, and continues that process until it has no more found new things like links, pages. 

Web crawlers have different names: spiders,  robots, search engine bots, or simply for short “bots”. For example: Google’s web crawler is called Googlebot.

When different search engines like Google, Bing, etc. send their artificial intelligence bot  to any new or recently updated web page or web post to check accordingly, we call it a crawl process. 

The main objective is to crawl any pages or sites to index them based on showing against any specific search result. There are several checklists to index properly. Though the checklists may vary based on the different search engines, the core checklists remain the same. 

For example, to crawl any web page both Google and Bing’s checklists may vary except the core things.

Extra reading


It is important to give access properly before placing a crawl request.


Don’t start crawling automatically before configuring properly.


You may follow bellows tips before configuring the crawl:

  • Preparing Data for a Crawl
  • Using robots.txt to Control Access to a Content Server
  • Configure your website properly
  • Run a Test Crawl

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