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What is the purpose of robots.txt? Is it to prevent bots from crawling pages? And if so, does that mean that I can still access the page through my browser?

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closed as not a real question by John Conde Nov 10 '12 at 1:14

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Yes, you can still access the page through your browser. robots.txt is a suggestion to search engines about pages or directories you would like them not to crawl. Most major search engines such as Google honor these requests, but there is nothing that physically forces them to or guarantees that they or any other search engine will.

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+1 good answer. – alfasin Nov 9 '12 at 23:29

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