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Google: Sending Automated Queries Are Against Terms of Service

Google: Automated Queries Against Terms Of Service
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Everyone likes a friendly reminder here and there, just so we’re all up to date with the speed of things. Gary Illyes tweeted a friendly reminder to all of us SEO folks that sending automated queries to search engines are generally against their terms of service.

Things got heated up on Twitter, Gary Illyes recommends that if you need to check a single URL, it’s worthwhile checking yourself (don’t be lazy!), if you need to check more, you can use sitemaps in search console. I know, I know, we all know that sitemaps don’t report on the URL’s that aren’t indexed, we need to do that work ourselves.

Here are the Tweet(s) from Gary himself:

 

If Gary’s worth isn’t enough, it even states on the Google webmaster blog that they do not allow the sending of automated queries without express permission, you can read more about the subject here.

Here are Google’s terms of service and their webmaster guidelines. I wouldn’t recommend automating queries if you’re looking to stay on the safe side of Google.

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