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If this is Google, have they turned their technology loose on the web to create SPAM mailing list to sell in a quest for even greater profits?
paranoid or what, but this is what is out there.
Well, there is a 1-to-1 correlation some how between visiting unindexed new pages with the toolbar and GoogleBot showing up. It has happened to too many people to be an accident. Some how they are linked - either directly from gbot putting the url in the spiders inbox, or via referral leaking - but I know for a fact, they are linked.
I didn't believe the whole toolbar indexing thing...GoogleGuy's reassurances to the contrary were convincing, until now. I've had a site in development this past week...no incoming links. 4 pages of a subdomain (definitely no incoming links) were crawled, though none are indexed yet. I don't buy the referral log thing, since these pages didn't have any outgoing links at the time, either.
Google aim to index as much of the web as possible; and would therefore want to use any source of URLs available to them.
If Toolbar reports a URL not previously known to Google they would be mad not to crawl it.
I don't see why people make such a big thing of it. It seems an obvious thing for Google to do.
Why would they deny it then? I agree, its not that big of an issue, I'd just like to know what the reality is, and my experience is leading me to question Google's version of reality.
There are some times when I don't want Google looking at what I'm looking at, though...site development being a good example.
Why would they deny it then?
That's what I don't understand!
A few weeks ago, I created a new forum (message board) on my site.
I do have the Google Toolbar (2.0 beta) on my system, and I also have AdSense ads on every page of my forum.
Here is what I observed repeatedly:
Within two minutes of creating a new discussion thread, a GoogleBot showed up to that exact (and previously non-existent) URL.
This, then, would normally indicate one of the following:
1) The URL was 'leaked' from the toolbar.
2) AdSense was 'inviting' the bot there.
3) Both of the above.
Since GG has unequivocally denied that #1 is the case, it must mean that he's either mistaken (not likely, IMHO) or lying (even less likely, IMHO) or that the answer is #2 (the bot visit is AdSense related).
Unfortunately, I'm currently too lazy to uninstall the toolbar from my browser to test this, but for those who are concerned about the mysterious appearance of Googlebots... perhaps you're also running AdSense ads on those pages?
Just something to think about.
So if I have the toolbar active my browser, go to my new website, then use the search window on the toolbar while I'm there, does that create a referral from the new site?
(since my other attempts of making a new thread were
refused, grumble, censorship, grumble, I will post here.)
65k pages downloaded since 1AM today, an average of 104 pages per minute, 1.7 pages per second. This onslaught is slowing my server from a normally zippy rabbit, to a slow laboring turtle.
My only hope is that this might mean an update to my 3 month old PR and backlink values.
Anyone else seeing this kind of traffic?