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New Googlebot?

Discussion in 'Google' started by digitalpoint, Sep 15, 2004.

  1. hulkster

    hulkster Peon

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    #21
    Boy ... I feel left out ... Googlebot has come by www.komar.org 2,006 times so far this week ... but not sign of the new Bot yet. I have very little Javascript (besides Adsense), but I doubt that makes much difference.

    The compression is a classic computer tradeoff - more CPU for less bandwidth - as Shawn points out, which is "cheaper" for you. I looked at this a long time ago, but may need to reconsider it - it is a good thing that the spiders are accepting of it.
    SEMrush
    BTW, if you are running the Live HTTP Headers extension to Firefox you can see the browser/server negotiation and what is being run. Interestingly enough, while it looks like forums.digitalpoint.com is providing gzip'ed encoding, it does not appear that www.digitalpoint.com does (?)
     
    hulkster, Sep 17, 2004 IP
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  2. digitalpoint

    digitalpoint Overlord of no one Staff

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    #22
    I only do the PHP based stuff on www.digitalpoint.com (keyword tracker, keyword suggestion tool for example) because those are the high-traffic (and large) files.
     
    digitalpoint, Sep 17, 2004 IP
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    #23
    I have read (more like skimmed) several articles on the pros and cons of using Gzip compression. Mostly technical trade-off stuff, but they are all over a year old -- and as you know one day in the computer world can make it obsolete.

    I think it will be pretty much mainstream to use it now. Server cpu speed has greatly increased, along with memory allocations. If you are on a good server, turn it on.

    The biggest advantage I see in using Gzip compression is not only your bandwidth, but the bandwidth of all the inline servers that your data is passing thru. Not to mention the end-users who may still be on dial-up (regardless of their cpu/memory usage).
     
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  4. gooner

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    #24
    Macromedia developed a Search Engine SDK a few years back.

    Google's built their own version (reported on searchenginewatch Feb 2003) that seems to have improved on it.
     
    gooner, Sep 24, 2004 IP
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    #25
    Hello SEbasic.
    An excellent overview of mod_gzip is at:
    http://www.websiteoptimization.com/speed/tweak/compress/
     
    quadcity, Sep 27, 2004 IP
  6. SEbasic

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    #26
    Thanks for the info QuadCity ;)
     
    SEbasic, Sep 27, 2004 IP
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    #27
    SE - I know you are an avid CSS fiend. I thought of that and this thread when I came across this article on Gzipping your CSS. I am wondering why you would want to just compress CSS and nothing else, but it is still an interesting read.
     
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    #28
    Thanks for that Ron...

    Your right though - I'm not really sure why you would want to do that to a CSS file...

    Using it saves me a lot of bandwidth anyway ;)

    I have been looking into this whole compression thing quite a lot recently (And been considering giving it a go as well, since the bandwidth for my blog suddenly jumped quite dramatically over the past couple of weeks)...

    I think that it is one of those things that I will give a go, I'm just not sure where or when yet...

    Have to say, I'm not keen on renaming my stylesheet to .php though...

    Interesting read nonetheless - bookmarked, and no doubt will be used in the future too :)

    Thanks for the link.
     
    SEbasic, Sep 27, 2004 IP
  9. eitemiller

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    #29
    Ya think maybe we haven't seen an updated PR (display on toolbar) because G is/was working on the new bot? Maybe PR will go back to a monthly update? Just a thought...
     
    eitemiller, Sep 27, 2004 IP