How to authenticate Googlebot

Who should read it: Whoever is interested in getting traffic from Search Engine esp Google.

Google Bot is a welcome visitor to all the websites and in recent time I have covered few topics on Google Bot. Here is the list:

  1. Google Bot went Unhappy
  2. Google Bot Mystery
  3. Google Bot and cache

Thanks to Matt cutts for helping me continue with the series. As I have explained earlier that you can fake Google bot by changing the user agents. Firefox extensions are allowing you do this easily, try http://chrispederick.com/work/useragentswitcher/.

Matt and his team says,

Telling webmasters to use DNS to verify on a case-by-case basis seems like the best way to go. I think the recommended technique would be to do a reverse DNS lookup, verify that the name is in the googlebot.com domain, and then do a corresponding forward DNS->IP lookup using that googlebot.com name; eg:

> host 66.249.66.1
1.66.249.66.in-addr.arpa domain name pointer crawl-66-249-66-1.googlebot.com.

> host crawl-66-249-66-1.googlebot.com
crawl-66-249-66-1.googlebot.com has address 66.249.66.1

I don’t think just doing a reverse DNS lookup is sufficient, because a spoofer could set up reverse DNS to point to crawl-a-b-c-d.googlebot.com.

Read more at http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2006/09/how-to-verify-googlebot.html

One Reply to “How to authenticate Googlebot”

  1. If one add Googlebot/2.1 (+http://www.googlebot.com/bot.html) as an agent to user agent switcher it acts as google bot. You sometimes get access to many hidden files too :).

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