Go ahead and do it.
The update is a shuffle of information that has already been collected by spiders during the previous month, so it doesn't involve google actively looking at your site right now.
Better that that new page is in place when the spider strolls back by.. which could be any day from here on.
I'd do it as soon as possible. My site is already being crawled for next update.
I wouldn't agree with this. One of my sites gets spidered every day and has the "last crawled" date on the SERP. During the last few days I played around a bit with the title tag, and these changes were immediately reflected on the Google index.
Go ahead and add the new content. It won't hurt anything. But you may have missed the July spidering cycle, which started two days ago. These new pages may not show up until the August update.
My thoughts are simple:
Anytime you add new content or update your website for better usability from the surfer's standpoint-Google likes it.
If I could, I would update and add content every moment of every day....but alas...the big three keep calling. (Beer, Fishing, Sleep)
Agree, go ahead and do it. Probably Ms. GoogleBot will be back for at least one more visit before the cycle for the July update is done.
I did it!
I updated my index page, added the link to my new page with information that is valuable to our industry this time of year...
Do you think that I may still be visited by Google's spider...or is it over for the July cycle? (I don't have a way of checking that info on my site at this time). It's a little after midnight on Friday June 30...
oops I meant to say Saturday night or early Sunday morning ...midnight June 30.
loosin' track of time...Linda
On the other side of the coin, I started doing daily updates on my index page after reading from GoogleGuy that "Google loves fresh." I just do little word changes and sometimes switch the order of a sentence or paragraph.
Eventually, GoogleBot started doing daily crawls and added the "fresh" tag to my listing. Now I see Googlebot on the average of 4 to 5 times a week, every week. The fresh tag comes and goes, but the frequent crawls can only be a good thing! :)