Understanding Crawler Access in Referral Factory 🐛

By granting crawler access, you enable search engines to index and display your campaigns in their search results.

What is Crawler Access?

"Crawler access" refers to granting permission to web crawlers or search engine bots to scan and index your referral programs. These bots analyze the content and structure of websites to determine their relevance and visibility in search engine results.

By allowing crawler access, you give search engines the ability to discover and display your referral programs when users search for relevant keywords or phrases related to your campaign. This can drive organic traffic to your campaigns, potentially resulting in more referrals and increased brand exposure.

How to Enable Crawler Access

Enabling crawler access for your referral programs in Referral Factory is a straightforward process. Follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your Referral Factory account.
  2. Navigate to the specific referral campaign you want to grant crawler access to.
  3. Go to the "Settings" tab.
  4. Scroll to "Manage Crawler Access To Your Campaign"
  5. Ensure the toggle or checkbox is set to "Allow" to grant crawler access.
  6. Save your settings.

Once you've enabled crawler access, search engines will begin crawling and indexing your referral program, making it more visible to potential participants searching for related topics.

Implications of Blocking Campaigns from Google Search Engines

While granting crawler access can enhance the discoverability of your referral programs, you may also consider blocking campaigns from appearing in Google search engines for various reasons. However, it's essential to be aware of the implications this decision may have:

  1. Reduced organic visibility: Blocking campaigns from search engines restricts their ability to appear in organic search results. This can result in missed opportunities to attract potential participants who might have discovered your campaign through search engines.

  2. Limited reach and exposure: Without search engine visibility, your referral programs rely solely on direct promotion through your own channels, such as social media or email. This can limit your campaign's reach and exposure, as it depends on existing audiences or active participants to generate referrals.

  3. Decreased brand awareness: Search engines act as powerful discovery tools for users actively seeking information or solutions. By blocking campaigns from appearing in search engine results, you miss out on potential brand exposure and awareness that can be generated through organic search traffic.

  4. Reduced SEO benefits: Allowing crawler access can contribute to your overall search engine optimization (SEO) efforts. When search engines index your campaigns, they consider various factors like content relevance, keywords, and backlinks, potentially boosting your campaign's visibility and ranking in search results.


Understanding and managing crawler access for your referral programs in Referral Factory can significantly impact their visibility and success. Granting search engine bots access enables your campaigns to appear in organic search results, driving more traffic and potential referrals. Conversely, blocking campaigns from search engines limits their discoverability, reducing reach and brand exposure. Consider the implications carefully and make an informed decision based on your campaign goals and strategy.