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Will Google crawl more often if your homepage content changes daily?

     
4:19 pm on Apr 17, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I'm wondering if Google will crawl your page more often if some content on the page changes every day holding constant the number of backlinks etc...

I could easily add some links on the homepage to internal content that change every day. Would this be worthwhile?

Has anyone experimented?

10:15 pm on Apr 17, 2009 (gmt 0)

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How often the content changes is only one of many factors in the crawl frequency algorithm. For some sites it helps attract more frequent crawling. For other sites, changing the content on the home page daily just confuses the ranking algorithm - especially if it's a gratuitous change - and doesn't seem to help anything.

An important question is this - why would a webmaster care about more frequent crawling if the page hasn't been changed anyway? Most sites I see are crawled much more frequently than the pages are updated anyway.

12:43 pm on Apr 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

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that's a good question tedster. I run a network of domains and run frequent seo tests. the greater the crawl frequency, the faster I get results from my tests...

sometimes, I discovered that I goofed so I make a change to repair the damage. Greater crawl frequency gets me back in the game faster.

1:51 pm on Apr 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Another thing to consider is that the ranking algorithms MAY take into account frequent updating.

A fresh site is always good.

10:30 pm on Apr 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I would like to think that I have mastered this one:

On one site I own, Google spiders the index page every 6 minutes. And yes, every 6 minutes Google does find new (and good) content to index.

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wow Kamikaze, that is phenomenal!

I would have guessed that only CNN would get such treatment...

What type of site is yours? I'm guessing it might be something with high user interaction like a social network.

do you have any advice on the subject?

11:17 pm on Apr 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Hi Good karma: It all comes down to good content. My site was a general article site, but I have transformed it into more of a news site.

I have 21 categories and post about 250+ articles a day, which are evenly time delayed... hence more than one every six minutes.

BTW, I accomplished this with relatively low PR (4).

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thank you, kamikaze, that is very motivational!
2:19 pm on Apr 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I would YES