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Google manually checking website - every 3-4 days

     
1:33 pm on Nov 24, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Hi guys,

Recently I added a brand new website to my webmaster tools account and have been steadily posting articles for the last 30 days. As the site still gets hardly more than 10 uv a day I am still able to track them. What I found is that Google is manually checking the website every 3 to 4 days.

Is that the normal procedure, do I have smth to worry about.

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1:46 pm on Nov 24, 2011 (gmt 0)

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What makes you think Google is manually checking your site? Are you seeing a specific IP and browser combination? Have you checked the log files from your other sites to see if they have the same activity?
1:50 pm on Nov 24, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Are you sure they manually checking your site, or is it the Google bot visiting your site every 3 or 4 days? Truthfully, i doubt its a manual check, but more likely the bot just crawling your site for new info.
2:36 pm on Nov 24, 2011 (gmt 0)

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@goodro - Yes specific IP traceable to Google and Google Chrome/Linux. Also I can see the pages and how long they were on those..@Rlilly def not the G bot, those are under agents in the tracking plugin.

Today for example I got visited form the central in Birmingham UK. All previous visits so far were form California.
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Interesting if true... Kind of makes sense, as it would very easy for google to put together a list of new websites and assign them to human reviewers that we know they have...better that they find a spam or scraper site now then later when it is ranking for money phrases.

A goal of manually reviewing all websites on the web (regardless of keyword phrases) is consistent with google's bold scope historically (like scanning all books...taking pictures of all roads in the US...etc...)

If true, you're first 'appearance' for google better be a good one. I was personally thinking of launching a project 'not-completely-baked' just to get the first indexed to be as late as possible...but with this in mind I'll probably make sure things are looking a little more complete before I properly introduce myself to WMT...
4:29 pm on Nov 24, 2011 (gmt 0)

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It's not someone using the Page Preview feature is it?
4:38 pm on Nov 24, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Its funny how they will keep visiting it..from diff centrals. What could be so interesting to them.
5:22 pm on Nov 24, 2011 (gmt 0)

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The other thing to consider is it isn't google or anyone from google but a user or scraper spoofing their useragent - it's a common practice to get by spider traps that use useragent identification. I see these a lot - they appear to be googlebot but they come from all over the world from IP ranges not associated with Googlebot.

Did you check the IP to see who owns it?
12:29 am on Nov 25, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I've seen this a number of times over a number of websites that i manage.

1) It may be just Prefetch (?)

Or/and

2)a Google employee simply surfing the web and landing on your pages. Google is a very large corporation spanning multiple countries. Not all Google ip visits have to be search quality related...
1:19 am on Nov 25, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Its funny how they will keep visiting it..from diff centrals. What could be so interesting to them.

Emails around the company with 'this is an example of something we've been talking about'.

Gulp.
4:22 pm on Nov 25, 2011 (gmt 0)

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From their leaked docs and from the people I have spoken with within Google I think most of them use Firefox, not to say it's impossible they use Chrome
12:42 pm on Nov 26, 2011 (gmt 0)

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@crowly I take it your aren't in a niche you would expect techies to be visiting as normal human traffic?
2:57 am on Dec 1, 2011 (gmt 0)

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@smithaa02 106,782 .com domains have been registered during the last 24 hours, I don't think Google is manually monitoring all of them for 3/4 days.. (just google "domains registred per day")
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I just saw this happen in real time on my site. IP was 209.85.224.83, browser was Chrome, OS was Linux. Looked at three pages and then left.
3:18 am on Jan 24, 2012 (gmt 0)

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The exact user-agent I see in my logs from this IP is:

Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64) AppleWebKit/534.51 (KHTML, like Gecko; Google Web Preview) Chrome/12.0.742 Safari/534.51

Note: "Google Web Preview", which indicates to me that it's just the preview feature on Google serps.
9:11 am on Jan 24, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I think you are overestimating the interest google has in your website.