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Googlebot slowdown before PR update

Google cuts down on spidering while preparing for PR update?

     
12:05 am on Oct 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I kind of noticed (twice) that googlebot cuts down on visits when preparing for PR update.. It could be just a coincidence, but I observed it twice before, and looks to me like it's about to happen again. Googlebot spiderings have gone down by 70% in the past 3 days. Anyone else noticing it?

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6:06 pm on Oct 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Last update was somewhere around Sept 26th.

"A little early, but thanks anyway." -The Chemical Brothers

6:20 pm on Oct 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Yes, they don't have enough resources to do spidering and PR updating at the same time.
6:28 pm on Oct 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I don't think resources are an issue, The problem is doing calculations on a ever changing index. The more static your data the easier it is to compute PR.
8:01 pm on Oct 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Are you talking about the PR reflected in the toolbar, or a update of backlinks?

I think that these are two separate events.

8:35 pm on Oct 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Yes, I've noticed this twice. The last time last weekend. In my case Googlebot suddenly didn't appear for nearly 24h on several fresh sites (that got crawled daily on any other day).

One can only speculate if this is because of resources or because it does not make much sense to collect new data while there are calculations done with old data.

1:31 am on Oct 15, 2003 (gmt 0)

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So... how does one know the PR update has completed (and pressumably it's not a fixed "end date" but more of a roll-out affair)?

Many thanks...

3:51 am on Oct 15, 2003 (gmt 0)

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keep watching your SERPS for 3 weeks. the end one would be the more stable one.
7:28 am on Oct 16, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Googlebot slowdown lasted about 3 days, yesterday it picked up the tempo again. Anyone noticing any significant changes?

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9:26 am on Oct 16, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Hi everybody!
I have an observation and would like to know if someone else has noticed the same. On some occasions, I saw 'link: ' command showing even less than PR4 backlinks. And on all the occasions, it was when an update (of serps)was in progress. Someone else witnessed such a thing?
3:48 pm on Oct 16, 2003 (gmt 0)

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i noticed a 50% increase in traffic from google, yahoo AOL. The traffic is now constant, so i guess there was a update of some sort.
5:38 pm on Oct 16, 2003 (gmt 0)

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On saturday, I say some really weird behaviour, and assumed an update was taking place. I didn't see any immediate changes but on one keyword I did move up one place on Sunday or Monday. Certainly I haven't seen any radical changes.

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I've only noticed that the fresh updates have slowed down dramatically compared to a month a go. It definately is not the same cycle.
6:29 pm on Oct 16, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Reminds me of the way things used to be...
Maybe the dance schedule is back, once-per-month updates again?
10:20 pm on Oct 16, 2003 (gmt 0)

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2 days ago I saw only my title and description updated on 1 keyword phrase.

The rest of the keywords show the old descriptions, I have not seen any jump in position as of yet so think they are still in an update phase.

12:50 am on Oct 17, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Datacenters look very stable....except for the -sj which for me is unreachable and has been for the day? maybe some tuning/load balancing going on
2:56 am on Oct 17, 2003 (gmt 0)

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-sj has been different for several days now. It's the only datacenter where blue widget is very different from blue widgets.
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Correction: -gv is behabing differently from the other data centers regarding plurals, not -sj.
Sorry.
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Correction: -gv is behabing differently from the other data centers regarding plurals, not -sj.

-gv shows a very old index
-sj offline

6:58 pm on Oct 17, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I've just seen a move in SERPS but no title/description update yet, still i have an increase in position:)
 

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