Google has been playing some crazy games over the past couple of weeks and this morning Webmaster Tools delivered another surprise. Crawl rates have gone through the roof. Here are some sample screenshots:
So far I haven’t seen a commensurate change in traffic and this is definitely not happening to some link-poor sites that I monitor, but all in all it seems like this could be a good thing.
Update: It looks like this may have been a reporting glitch on Webmaster Tools part as I no longer see the dramatic spikes in these graphs. That said the crawl rate is still on the rise for these sites.