Search Engine Land is reporting that Google has now become the first major search engine that is crawling forms on "high quality" web sites and filling out the forms to get back information. According to Google's official announcement on the Webmaster Central Blog,
In the past few months we have been exploring some HTML forms to try to discover new web pages and URLs that we otherwise couldn't find and index for users who search on Google. Specifically, when we encounter a
You can still control this on your site by using a robots.txt or robots meta instruction so that Googlebot will be unable to access your forms. As Search Engine Lands points out,
The move is potentially good for searchers, in that it will open up material often referred to being part of the "deep web" or "invisible web" as it was hidden behind forms.
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