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At what point is a canonical element crawled?

     

BenFox

11:23 am on Oct 17, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Does Google crawl the URL in a canonical element as soon as it loads or does it load the full page (or section of the page) and then crawl urls in canonical element?

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tedster

6:08 pm on Oct 17, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Once googlebot gets a 200 response, it will take the entire document.

Decisions about what URL to crawl next come from an algorithm. Often googlebot goes on a crawl with a "list" or queue of what URLs to request. So it's not like one of the crawlers of old that just follows link after link as they're discovered.

If the listed canonical URL was very recently retrieved, then that URL may not be requested very soon after getting the new canonical link. Or then again, it might be. The crawl team is continually changing things up, from what I can tell.

BenFox

10:24 am on Oct 18, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for that tedster
 

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