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The WordPress SEO Crawl Budget Problem and How to Fix It

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Are you trying to fix the WordPress SEO crawl budget problem?

SEO crawl budget is the number of times search engines will crawl pages on your website. A lower crawl budget can delay your pages from getting indexed on time. This can hurt your SEO rankings and lower your overall traffic.

In this article, we will explain the WordPress SEO crawl budget problem and how to fix it quickly.

Fixing SEO crawl budget issues in WordPress

Because this is a huge topic, we have broken it down into easy-to-understand sections. Here are the different items we will cover in this article:

How Does Search Crawling Work?

Search engines like Google use sophisticated bots (computer programs) to visit websites across the internet.

These bots look for changes on your WordPress website and compare them to the main search index.

If they discover new content, they add it to the search index. If they find content already in the index but has changed, they update the index with fresh content.

How search crawling works

Search bots then follow all the links on a page and then repeat the process for those pages.

The way bots move from one link to other links on a page is similar to how real spiders crawl along their webs.

That’s why the term crawling is used to describe this activity, and you may sometimes see the bots referred to as search engine spiders.

For better SEO, you need to ensure that search engines can crawl your website easily.

Tip: See our complete WordPress SEO guide for beginners to learn more about SEO.

What Is SEO Crawl Budget?

SEO crawl budget is the number of times search engines like Google will crawl pages on your website.

Google bots crawl billions of pages each day. They try to calculate how many pages they will crawl on each website domain to use resources efficiently.

This number is automatically determined by the crawling algorithms based on multiple factors.

It fluctuates daily, so there is no fixed number for how many pages the Google bot will crawl on your website or WordPress blog.

Generally, larger websites with more content have a higher crawl budget, and smaller websites have a lower budget.

Other factors also influence the crawl budget, like the popularity of a URL, freshness, update frequency, and more.

However, you may lose your crawl budget on unwanted pages for several reasons.

For instance, if your website isn’t properly optimized, then search engines will spend your crawl budget on less significant parts of your website than important content.

Similarly, you may be accidentally blocking search engines from crawling your website. If this happens, your website may not be using the crawl budget at all.

What Causes WordPress SEO Crawl Budget Issues?

The way WordPress generates URLs and duplicate content can cause crawl budget issues.

For instance, WordPress automatically generates RSS feeds for different areas of your website.

There are RSS feeds for the main blog, categories and tags, comments on each individual post and page, and even custom post types that have separate RSS feed URLs.

Links to these RSS feeds are added to your website’s HTML source code, making them discoverable by search engines.

Now, search engines are smart enough to recognize and ignore duplicate content. However, they would still crawl them and spend your SEO crawl budget.

Besides that, search engines would crawl less important items more than needed. This includes archive pages, taxonomies, author archives, PDF files, and more.

WordPress plugins or other third-party tools can also add query parameters to your WordPress URLs.

Google’s spiders may consider these query parameters to be a different page and crawl them.

For instance, UTM parameters are used for Google Analytics tracking, and a page with or without these query parameters would still look the same.


This wastes your SEO crawl budget on less important items and becomes an issue.

How Do You Calculate Your SEO Crawl Budget?

The SEO crawl budget is not a set number of pages.

It fluctuates a lot, and there is no reliable way of predicting how many pages Google will crawl on your website on any given day.

However, you can get a pretty decent idea based on recent crawl activity to see how Google crawls your website.

If you haven’t done so, you must first add your website to Google Search Console. It is a free tool provided by Google to help website owners find out how their website is doing in Google Search.

Go to your Search Console dashboard. Switch to the ‘Settings’ menu from the left column and click ‘Open Report’ next to ‘Crawl stats.’

Open crawl stats report in Google Search Console

The Crawl stats report will show an overview of crawl requests on your website during the last few weeks.

You can hover your mouse over the chart to see how many pages were requested daily.

Crawl stats overview

This gives you an idea of what the average crawl rate was on your site during this period.

Below, you can see a breakdown of crawl activity by response code, file types, purpose, and Google bot type.

Crawl break down

From here, you can see how much the crawl budget is spent on errors, syndication (RSS feeds), JavaScript, CSS, Images, and more.

This gives you a snapshot of items you can optimize to utilize the SEO crawl budget more efficiently.

For example, if you have a lot of 404 errors being crawled, you can use a redirection plugin to ensure those crawlers land on helpful content.

(Later in the article, we show you how to redirect crawl errors step-by-step.)

Why You Should Care About SEO Crawl Budget?

Search engines must crawl your website efficiently to index your content on time and properly.

However, if your SEO crawl budget is wasted, your important and newer content may not get crawled on time.

It may take weeks for the search engines to notice updates to your older articles or discover new content.

You will miss out on getting traffic from search engines, your SEO rankings may not improve, and you will lose money on sales or ad revenue.

How to Easily Optimize SEO Crawl Budget in WordPress

The easiest and safest way to optimize your SEO crawl budget in WordPress is by using All in One SEO for WordPress.

It is the best WordPress SEO plugin with a built-in SEO crawl optimization tool.

First, install and activate the All in One SEO for WordPress plugin. For more details, see our step-by-step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Note: There is also a free version of All in One SEO, which also includes a crawl clean-up feature. We recommend using the PRO plan of the paid plugin because it will also give you access to the Redirection Manager tool to fix 404 errors on your website.

Upon activation, the plugin will show you a setup wizard. Simply follow the on-screen instructions to set up the plugin.

All in One SEO wizard

Afterward, you can go to the All in One SEO » Search Appearance page.

Then, switch to the Advanced tab.

Search Appearance - Advanced

Scroll down to the bottom of the page, and you’ll see the ‘Crawl Cleanup’ option there.

Click the toggle to enable the ‘Crawl Cleanup’ feature.

Crawl cleanup

The first option you will see in the crawl cleanup is to remove the query arguments.

Below, you can provide a list of query arguments you want to allow. Advanced users can use Regex regular expressions here.

Next, you’ll see options for WordPress RSS feeds. All in One SEO will show you all kinds of RSS feeds generated by WordPress, and you can disable the less important RSS feeds.

Disable RSS feeds

For instance, if you have a single-author blog, you can Disable the Author Feeds.

Once you have disabled all the unwanted RSS feeds, don’t forget to click on the ‘Save Changes’ button to store your settings.

How to Set Up Redirects for Error Pages

All in One SEO will automatically set up redirects for feeds you have disabled. For instance, a tag RSS feed will redirect users to the tag archive page.

Next, switch to your Google Search Console dashboard and open the crawl stats report.

From here, you can see the pages that resulted in errors.

Find error pages

Now, depending on the status code, you can set up redirects for those pages.

For instance, you can redirect 404 errors to a similar page. You can also check other pages with errors and set up redirects for them.

All in One SEO makes setting up redirects on your WordPress website very easy. Simply go to the All in One SEO » Redirects page and add the old URL under the ‘Source URL’ and the new URL under the ‘Target URL’ field.

Redirects manager

Click on the ‘Add Redirect’ button to save your settings. Then, you can just repeat the process to set up more redirects as needed. For more details and alternate methods, see our guide on how to set up redirects in WordPress.

We hope this article helped you learn about the WordPress SEO crawl budget problem and how to fix it. You may also want to see these expert tips on using Google Search Console to grow traffic or see practical examples of how to improve the organic click-through rate in WordPress.

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  2. Mrteesurez says

    This is really new to me as I didn’t know what’s called SEO crawl budget. After reading this guide I now realized the reasons some of the changes I made sometime take time to reflect on Google search. Every bloggers need to know this, learn it and know how to best use his SEO crawl budget.
    This is an educative article, I have learnt new concept here, thanks

  3. Jiří Vaněk says

    I have a custom 404 page set up and here, in addition to apologizing to readers, I also have links to interesting content on the site that might interest them. Can this option also help?

  4. Moinuddin Waheed says

    This is completely new concept to and I have come to know about crawl budget and its importance.
    since crawl budget is given by Google itself and index web pages on its basis, what is the criteria for large and small websites and what are factors contributing to crawl budget?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      For the moment that is not publicly shared information which is why we recommend taking a look at the Crawl report to get an idea of what you have for your site.



    how can i tell google to not crawl /feed/ links? most of our post is indexed. but same or more number of postlinks/feed/ is crawling by google. in gsc these links becomes duplicate link.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      You would want to noindex your feed to prevent Google from crawling it, if you have a SEO plugin on your site, those would normally have settings to quickly noindex your feed.


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