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GoogleGuy Says







PostPosted: July 16, 2003 11:30 AM 

Importance: Medium

A member posted a message about this article, which depicts a webmaster's experience of a GoogleBot trying to access a mail sign-in page that did not exist on the site. The operator of the forums replied explaining that this was likely caused by someone using the Google Toolbar attempting to access the page, then the Toolbar captured the URL for futuring spidering. GoogleGuy replies that the Toolbar wouldn't cause this, implying that the Toolbar does not capture URLs for spidering purposes. The operator of the forums replies saying that it is common knowledge that the Toolbar does this, pointing to an old thread on this issue. The thread from over one year ago includes both an experimental proof that the Toolbar does this, as well as a denial by GoogleGuy. This could be an intersting thread...
GoogleGuy Says: [Link to quote]
No, the toolbar wouldn't cause this. Either someone submitted that url and we tried to crawl it, or possibly someone linked to that url. I'll ask someone to check it out to see if they can find out which it is. When you crawl 3B+ pages, you end up trying to crawl a few pages that don't exist because of bad links/submissions on the web. No need to delve into conspiracy theories (hacked Google, Google getting into spam email, etc.). :)


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