Realtime Search Engine Feedback

16 Jul

A healthy store is one that is visited regularly by Web Spiders. (also known as Web Crawlers)

Use the Marketing > Store Statistics > Web Spider Hits section of your Freewebstore Control Panel to see which Spiders are visiting your store.

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Lets take a look at some of the common Bots that you might expect to see on your graphs.

GoogleBot
GoogleBot

The GoogleBot is the web spider used by Google, which visits and downloads pages from the web to build the searchable index for the Google Search engine.

You may also be visited by the Mobile version of Google’s web spider. (GoogleBot-Mobile)

BingBot

BingBot

The BingBot is the replacement to the old MsnBot and is developed by Microsoft.

BingBot is widely used by many Search engine providers including Bing, and is now also used by Yahoo!. The BingBot visits and downloads pages from the web to build a searchable index for these Search engine providers.

Alexa

Alexa

Alexa is a SEO company owned by Amazon who offer a range of services including health checks and site comparisons.

Alexa also has a site ranking system, showing the top sites on the internet for each country/business category.

Google Chrome

Chrome (Mobile)

Not every web spider is as popular as the ones previously mentioned. So we are not always able to determine their origin.

We classify these hits as “Other”, however we do make the distinction between Mobile and Desktop hits. Which is why you may see spider hits from Chrome Mobile

Yahoo!

Yahoo!

Yahoo! previously used Yahoo! Slurp as their spider of choice. However now they have moved over to using BingBot used by Microsoft for the Bing Search engine provider.

This is why you may notice a lot of spider hits from the BingBot on your store as it is a very popular spider.

Apple Safari

Safari (Mobile)

The same as Chrome, we will make the distinction between Mobile and Desktop spider hits before adding them to the “Other” category.

Which is why you may see spider hits from Safari Mobile.

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