What’s a Googlebot?

Think of Googlebot(sometimes referred as ‘Spider’) as a robotic visitor that likes to visit all sites that it can find. It visits a page and then recursively visits every other link that is not blocked by robots.txt or does not have a rel=”nofollow” meta tag.

Here is an always up to date article about the googlebot on Google webmasters support page

A lazy website may be a faster website

What is lazy loading?

With lazy loading you could delay a particular elements loading until a time that it’s actually required. In case it’s never required like if the user does not scroll to that part of the page, wouldn’t it be ideal to not load that element at all?

The main goal here is utilizing this to make the webpage faster overall.

How does lazy loading technically work?

Lazy loading is just a concept and can be accomplished by multiple techniques. For images, the most common way it is done is by using an img with a dummy src attribute.

Does lazy loading affect SEO?

TLDR; Yes! Google bot won’t cache those objects. Won’t be indexed.

Google can’t cache lazy loaded items

Google’s bot cannot view items that are lazy loaded. Lazy loaded items are usually triggered by a scroll action. Therefore when Google’s spider crawls your page, they see the placeholder image and not the actual image.

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