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Are these the new freshbot IPs?
It has been an awfully deep crawl on a couple days this week. I wonder what the implications of a ton of freshbot visits are. What I mean is that I expect one day that Google will be a 100% fresh index and the monthly dancing will cease. Maybe I'm dreaming but that's my thought.
This new IP address is a great way for Google to catch all those spammers who are cloaking their pages. Now, if Google change IPs every few months, that would improve search results for sure.
I've recorded 64.68.84.* being used before by Googlebot-Image. 64.68.84.* is part of a larger known Google IP block and it's doubtful that a halfway decent cloaker would be caught by it.
Google IP Blocks
126.96.36.199 - 188.8.131.52
184.108.40.206 - 220.127.116.11
18.104.22.168 - - [20/Feb/2003:17:58:33 -0500] "GET /robots.txt HTTP/1.0" 404 204 "-" "Googlebot/2.1 (+http://www.googlebot.com/bot.html)"
22.214.171.124 - - [20/Feb/2003:17:58:38 -0500] "GET / HTTP/1.0" 200 57526 "-" "Googlebot/2.1 (+http://www.googlebot.com/bot.html)"
Client will be happy in about 12-24 hours. Have not seen any new-IP freshbots yet, but looking for them.