Crawlers, search engines and the sleaze of generative AI companies

The boom of generative AI products over the past few months has prompted many websites to take countermeasures.  The basic concern goes like this: AI products depend on consuming large…

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Google Has Three Categories Of Web Crawlers

Google has updated its Verifying Googlebot and other Google crawlers help document to add a new section describing the three categories or types of crawlers they have. They have their…

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Google Says Blocking Other Crawlers Does Not Impact Google Search

Google’s John Mueller was asked if Google Search would be impacted if you block other crawlers, like Bing or the ChatGPT crawler. John said no, “Google doesn’t care if you…

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