Submitting Search Pages To Google Makes It Crawling & Indexing Harder


by Barry Schwartz and first appeared on Search Engine Roundtable


Google’s John Mueller said that if you submit all your search pages, i.e. search results, tags, categories (I guess), to Google, it will make “crawling & indexing significantly harder for large sites.” He said this on Twitter the other day, adding “this is where smaller sites can prioritize much better than larger ones can.”

This is part of a set of tweets, so you can see the context of this statement: John @JohnMuReplying to @gfiorelli1 and 3 others

IMO some of these pages are more like category pages, which can be fine (they’re useful for users). Finding the balance between indexing everything (creating a lot of cruft & making crawling impossible) and not indexing everything (hiding things people are searching for) is hard.12Twitter Ads info and privacySee  John ‘s other TweetsChaos SEO@ChaosSEO · Replying to @JohnMu and 4 others

Sometimes though those “category” pages are clearly “made for SEO” doorway pages, but if the website is “big” enough (as in – trusted) it gets a pass. I know it’s hard to figure this out though. John @JohnMu

It doesn’t have anything to do with large enough — if anything, submitting all search pages make crawling & indexing significantly harder for large sites. IMO this is where smaller sites can prioritize much better than larger ones can.2Twitter Ads info and privacySee  John ‘s other Tweets

But yea, SEOs job it to help Google focus in on the content on a site that drives the biggest ROI for the site. Google tries its best, sometimes it gets it wrong, to crawl and index what it thinks it should. But SEOs can help sites get in shape to help Google figure out what to crawl and index.

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