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Summary: I am always spellbound how little time it takes Google to find a new page and have it show up in search results. In my mind, I imagine that Google's . . .

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> I am always spellbound how little time it takes Google to find a new page and have it show up in search results. In my mind, I imagine that Google's bot cluster is crawling all of the Web all of the time. With the development of blogging and their news media interface, I predict they are constantly pinging pages to find changes and new pages.
> Yeah, if only you could rate-limit a bot with the ratio of traffic their search engine brings you? :)
> -- [http://ashawley.com/ AaronHawley] 2009-06-18 17:36 UTC


I am probably responsible for some of the Bloglines.com stuff, as I use that particular feed aggregator.

– Adrian 2009-06-14 19:24 UTC


Ah! :) I switched from Bloglines to Google Reader a few weeks ago and was surprised other people still use it.

AlexSchroeder 2009-06-14 22:26 UTC


Yeah, I am slow with the technology. Google Reader does make some sense, though, since I am already using Gmail and Google Calendar…

– Adrian 2009-06-16 13:19 UTC


This is interesting. Thanks.

I’m surprised how much syndication directs traffic. I actually thought search engines would be the big draw to your site. Although this confirms that if you write a good blog and even if it has the syndication technology – a feed – doesn’t mean the visitors will find you. You can only get traffic if you advertise your blog by adding it to to a collective feed (an aggregator called a “planet”) or by commenting on other blogs.

AaronHawley 2009-06-17 16:24 UTC


Plus it makes me wonder whether 25% of all the hits and more for search engines is worth the price since I’m getting relatively few referrers. One would have to figure out a “conversion rate” for visitors from Google. My guess that I should introduce some sort of rate-limit for bots. What do you think?

AlexSchroeder 2009-06-17 22:24 UTC


I am always spellbound how little time it takes Google to find a new page and have it show up in search results. In my mind, I imagine that Google’s bot cluster is crawling all of the Web all of the time. With the development of blogging and their news media interface, I predict they are constantly pinging pages to find changes and new pages.

Yeah, if only you could rate-limit a bot with the ratio of traffic their search engine brings you? :)

AaronHawley 2009-06-18 17:36 UTC

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