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Thursday, April 20, 2006

AdSense Spider is a Googlebot

I'm noticing a few blog posts recently about Google's AdSense spider. Notable posts include AdSense Spider Cross-Pollinates for Google and Matt Cutts confirms AdSense media bot in natural search index. What's strange is that this bot has visited my firm's site even though we don't use AdSense. These aren't recent visits either. Parsing our raw web server log file from last month:

$ grep Mediapartners-Google |awk '{print $1,$4,$7}' [12/Mar/2006:20:36:53 /tools/keyword_tool.php [23/Mar/2006:20:05:02 /tagman/ [24/Mar/2006:06:27:39 /tagman/tagblog.html [24/Mar/2006:06:27:40 /tagman/tagblog.html [24/Mar/2006:06:27:48 /tagman/FAQ.html [24/Mar/2006:06:27:56 /tagman/flickr-bitty.html

Looking at the IP addresses, these are definitely Googlebots:

$ grep Mediapartners-Google |awk '{print $1}' |sort -u |nslookup |grep ^Name:

So, what's a Google AdSense bot (Media Bot, MediaBot, Mediapartners or whatever it's called) doing crawling a site that doesn't use Google AdSense? Is it crawling from a site that uses AdSense?

Also, I wonder if it'd be worth adding this new Googlebot to my firm's free, open source spider tracking tool.

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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Natural SEO Results

In my last blog post about a Business 2.0 Food Article, I talked about a new page created for Maine Munchies. I'm pleased to report that the natural high energy food page has made it to the top 10 search results for Google, Yahoo and MSN. See this SEO results page for screenshots. It took a little over two weeks for the new page to be listed in Google's natural search results. Tracking Googlebot and search engine hits via web analytics, here's the chronological sequence:
10/Mar/2006:15:36:27 Googlebot/2.1 visit
16/Mar/2006:03:12:44 Googlebot/2.1 visit
18/Mar/2006:07:01:08 Googlebot/2.1 visit
23/Mar/2006:21:17:14 Googlebot/2.1 visit
27/Mar/2006:14:20:10 First hit from Google natural search results

BTW, somehow I find it humorous using terms like organic SEO and natural SEO while discussing results for a client whose products are made with natural and organic ingredients.

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