Google’s John Mueller said on Twitter that your web pages do not get better rankings if they are crawled more often by Google. A webmaster wanted to know if Google changed crawling behavior if pages delivered a “304 not modified” HTTP status code instead of a “200 OK” HTTP status code.
John Mueller said one year ago that a 304 HTTP status code means that Google’s crawler doesn’t have to request the full page:
No, it just doesn’t need to request the full page at that moment, I don’t think that would change future requests.
— 🍌 John 🍌 (@JohnMu) March 29, 2018
He added yesterday that Google crawls websites that do not change often less, and that more crawling does not mean better rankings:
If we assume that a page doesn’t change frequently, we might crawl it less, but that’s fine (more crawling doesn’t mean better ranking). Overall, a 304 is more a sign that we can crawl a site more (since the bandwidth & open request are released).
— 🍌 John 🍌 (@JohnMu) July 10, 2019
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