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.

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  • Dean  May 5, 2010 at 11:48 am

    Same thing happened for us. We had 3 medium crawl spikes in then the significant one yesterday. I hope this resurrects the lost long tail searches

  • Andrew Shotland  May 5, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    I am thinking next Sunday/Monday will tell the tale.

  • Dean  May 5, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    Time will tell. It’s really hard to make predictions these days…

  • Sebastian  May 6, 2010 at 3:09 am

    Same here on Google Germany. Was wondering if there could be some coherence with some massive trust links i’ve gathered… but if this is a widespread new phenomenon, than… hmmm…

  • Mike  May 7, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    This morning Google showed that it crawled twice the number of pages than one of my small sites actually has. I thought that was a little bit odd.

  •  May 24, 2010 at 12:24 am

    Let’s just hope that this happens more frequently.

  • Stephen Degelbeck  March 20, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Hey! Quick question that’s entirely off topic. Do you know how to make your site mobile friendly? My web site looks weird when viewing from my iphone. I’m trying to find a template or plugin that might be able to correct this issue. If you have any suggestions, please share. Cheers!