During a hangout, one SEO professional was concerned about their crawl rate. It had dipped in Google Search Console dramatically by over 90 percent.
They believed it was because of their response time.
So, they took many actions to improve that response time which was around 400 milliseconds to 500 milliseconds.
The crawl rates, however, have not yet been restored and it’s happening much more slowly than initially anticipated.
The SEO pro mentioned that John had previously told them if they fix their response time quickly, then the crawl rate should be restored within several days.
John asked them when the server response time was improved.
The SEO pro said that it was improved several days ago, but they are still not experiencing the improvements they would expect in Google Search Console.
John answered that he believes it just takes a bit longer for it to improve. Their systems are very responsive in slowing down so they can ensure that they don’t break anything, but are much slower in terms of ramping up again.
He expects that, since it’s only been a few days, that they should give things a week or longer to improve.
John also offered an alternative: to submit a request to the Googlebot team in Google Search Console to look at the site. They will examine the site for improvement and could manually restore it.
However, the team does not respond to messages, so this could take awhile to see on the front end of things.
Sometimes it’s faster than their automatic systems, however. It’s a nice feature where you can report malfunctions and other issues where Googlebot may not be catching up with the crawling quite yet.
This happens at approximately the 20:16 mark in the video.