Is there crawl-delay on SiteGround servers?
We do not apply any default crawl delay directive on our servers.
You can decide what crawl-delay, if any, should be applied to your site(s) by editing your robots.txt file. Crawl-delay can be set by adding a line in this file with the following syntax:
It instructs some search engine bots (like Yandex, Yahoo!, Bing, etc.) about the minimal interval of time in seconds you allow between their requests. In the example above the instruction is that the same bot should keep an interval of 1 second between each page visit it makes. The aim of this line is to prevent your site being crawled too aggressively, as this may cause problematic peaks in your account resource usage or may take unnecessary amount of resources.
Please note, that Google bot does not take into consideration the crawl delay directive. The crawl rate of Googlebot can only be changed in Google Webmaster Tools. If you’d like to adjust it, here’s an instruction on how to change Googlebot’s crawl rate.
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