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If you changed domains too though, you should get some new back links to the new one and 301 all your old pages to the new domain..
maybe you should get a couple new links anyway... ;)
I doubt that! In my experience Google is sometimes the fastest!
This process is about the law of averages. You got lucky with Slurp and MSN! Other times Google will get there first.
At the end of the day, look at the positive, what used to take months, now takes days, and that is good for everyone :)
Anyone have any idea of how long this may take?
I just did a hosting change (IP & DNS) a couple of days ago & the transition by most of the major spiders, Googlebot especially, was almost instantaneous. They hardly skipped a beat.
Only Lycos spider & almaden.ibm spider are still crawling the old site. I wonder why...
Not sure what you mean by this. I changed to a new hosting service which meant a new IP, and, of course, I updated my dns information with the registrar (and, as always, left the site up at the old host to be safe).
I didn't change the domain name if that's what you mean.
Of course you would have to change DNS, but if you didnt change the domain name then it should'nt matter.
One thing I have noticed with some crawlers from some SE's, is that they seem to use the servers IP to determine when to crawl the sites hosted on it to some degree - I have several sites on a couple of IPs, and google bot often (not always) seems to run at about 1 crawler per IP at a time (not per domain) - as if they use the IP to determine sometimes when to crawl the domains hosted upon it...
This may just be a simple way to avoid overloading servers - but it may also be more involved than that and perhaps there is a crawl list for each IP, moreso then each Domain on the ip.
of course this is just speculating on info from my logs
but it may also be more involved than that and perhaps there is a crawl list for each IP, moreso then each Domain on the ip
This would definitely be a reason if it were truth. I think it would be good to ask GoogleGuy about it - it's not a SEO secret but just a technical matter.
They could remember server IPs in order to reduce DNS traffic in Googlebot crawls. Then it would result in what you observe. But it's strange that it takes so much time anyway. I recently moved a site with changing both hosting and domain, and it took about a week for Google to update the index. The new domain has PR6 backlink and plenty of PR2-4 backlinks, and I used 301 with temporary PR3 backlinks to old domain.