20 December 2007 6 Comments

Google’s answer to automated requests and queries

Google 403 forbiddenAs you all might know, Google Search doesn’t like (or even allows) automated requests and queries. If you run a script or program that handles too much requests too fast, Google will stop serving results. You might also know that when doing SEO (Search Engine Optimization) for a website, it sometimes is necessary to check the results of your efforts. In other words: sending automated requests to Google sometimes is needed.


Google doesn’t offer an API (booh!), so finding out how a website ranks for a certain keyword implies requesting the complete result pages (SERP‘s) and filtering out the information you need. And that’s against the Google Terms Of Service:

You agree not to access (or attempt to access) any of the Services by any means other than through the interface that is provided by Google, unless you have been specifically allowed to do so in a separate agreement with Google. You specifically agree not to access (or attempt to access) any of the Services through any automated means (including use of scripts or web crawlers) and shall ensure that you comply with the instructions set out in any robots.txt file present on the Services.

If you do send too much request too fast, Google will stop serving you and you will get a 403 Forbidden error page:

We’re sorry…

… but your query looks similar to automated requests from a computer virus or spyware application. To protect our users, we can’t process your request right now.

We’ll restore your access as quickly as possible, so try again soon. In the meantime, if you suspect that your computer or network has been infected, you might want to run a virus checker or spyware remover to make sure that your computer is free of viruses and other spurious software.

We apologize for the inconvenience, and hope we’ll see you again on Google.

Google 403 forbidden error page for sending too much requests and queries

If you type in the characters, you can continue searching Google.

Just give us an API guys, it would make your and our life a lot easier…

Please ?

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    6 Responses to “Google’s answer to automated requests and queries”

    1. sakib 21 December 2009 at 20:41 #

      ok guys listen this is really weird when i search on google it says 302 moved and under that it says the document has moved here i click here then it takes me to a page that says We’re sorry…

      … but your computer or network may be sending automated queries. To protect our users, we can’t process your request right now. I type in the capcha and then it redirects me back to google what do i do to fix this i really dont think i have any automated queries

    2. patricia sweeney 22 December 2009 at 17:49 #

      I cannot serch google i get the were are sorry what do I do?

    3. X 25 April 2010 at 22:43 #

      What’s ridiculous is that Google is letting some computers on our network do searches and others, not…one computer can search all day for Google IMAGES but not Google WEB…and it all started hours after I posted something about Google on Twitter, how Germany is after Google for collecting private WiFi and MAC info while trolling for StreetView data. Fuck Google. Bing is our new search provider default for all browsers.

    4. nitech 2 June 2010 at 9:19 #

      I get this even when just typing in lots of queries manually. This must mean that the message is triggered by a count of searches within a certain time frame. I am using an allinanchor: command.

    5. Jake Rhodes 15 July 2010 at 0:24 #

      I’ve just started using SEOQuake and I’m having this problem. Don’t think I’ll be using it again.


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