Does Webmaster Tools show the most recent Googlebot crawl date?
6:59 pm on Jul 30, 2008 (gmt 0)
Webmaster Tools shows the most recent Googlebot visit to my site as 10 days ago, yet pages I published 2 days ago are in Google's index. Anyone know why? I'm still trying to figure Google out.
7:49 pm on Jul 30, 2008 (gmt 0)
Webmaster Tools is having some challenges this month - several threads about it. If your new pages are in the index, then you know they've been spidered, no matter what WMT is saying.
7:55 pm on Jul 30, 2008 (gmt 0)
If you're talking about the message when logging in, "Googlebot last successfully accessed your home page" that's for the homepage - not necessarily inner pages which may have been visited sooner.
8:17 pm on Jul 30, 2008 (gmt 0)
WMT has a graph that shows the average pages crawled per day. If you have any amount of pages and PR chances are it shows many pages per day.
9:28 pm on Jul 30, 2008 (gmt 0)
Thanks guys. My activity graphs does show a minimum number of pages crawled per day, so I guess I just assumed the home page would be one of them. It didn't occur to me that the home page might be skipped.
10:54 pm on Jul 30, 2008 (gmt 0)
WMT is about 6 days out of date at the present time on one of my test domains - how do I know? Every page title tag has a timestamp visible on the face of Google so that I know to the nearest second when Google took the page. My visible homepage is 6 days fresher than the WMT message.
Answer to your question is a simple no! WMT data is inaccurate and out of date 100% of the time BUT assimilating trend movements can be useful.
11:18 pm on Jul 30, 2008 (gmt 0)
Interesting. Are you using a component for the time stamp? Does that help with relevance at all?
8:32 pm on Jul 31, 2008 (gmt 0)
I have seen the "Home Page Last Accessed On [Date 10 Days Ago]" message several times, and it has been updated several times since then, but always to a new date that is still ten days ago at the time of the updated message appearing.
9:10 pm on Jul 31, 2008 (gmt 0)
The Google cache of my home page is also 10 days old, so the bot is on my site every day but not on the home page. I've been monitoring the Google cache of some of my pages. It appears that the bot is indexing my new content every day or two, but existing pages every 10 days - which, of course, makes perfect sense and I should have thought of it before.