Robots.txt is text file used by Website owners to give instructions about their site to web robots. Basically it tells robots which parts of the site are open and which parts are closed. This is called The Robots Exclusion Protocol.

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Googlebot robots.txt access error on HTTPS when redirected from HTTP

This might be a stupid question, but I never came across this issue before and were not able to find any definite answers to this on the web: Our client migrated to HTTPS a few months ago, using ...
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How to design different web application environments with respect to SEO and server load?

Let's say I have a nice and valuable domain (somedomain.com) and I would like to develop a web application for this domain. I will host this web application on the cloud which I use currently for ...
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How can I stop Google from indexing embedded iframes?

I have iframe widgets of external sources embedded on my website. For some reason Google seems to be indexing the URLs of the iframes and showing 404 errors for such URLs in the Crawl Section of ...
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Configuring the document root on a cookieless domain

I am configuring a cookieless domain for all my static content, I see a lot of articles and how-to's use the same document root for as their main domain. Why? This seems like a disadvantage to me, ...
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Canonical link or block in robots.txt for duplicate content across domains?

I've built a WordPress multisite for a dealership which has different franchises, ie Honda and BMW. Each franchise has its own website which have a used section, with identical content on them all for ...
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Rules for robots.txt file to exclude a whole subdomain from google's search results [duplicate]

In my website's root folder i already have a robots.txt file with some rules for the domain name www.example.com. My website is multilingual so i have setup with drupal de.example.com, fr.example.com ...
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How to prevent Google from indexing my image directory? [duplicate]

I don't want Google search engines to index and crawl my image directories. How can be possible? Some people tell me that I can edit my robots.txt file, but where is it and what code to be entered?
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Should I have a separate sitemap for mobile pages and include that in my robots.txt?

I am working on site that has 20 mobile-friendly pages which are located under a /mobile directory. Should I have a separate sitemap for these mobile pages and include both this and the desktop ...
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Only allow Google and Bing bots to crawl a site

I am using following robots.txt file for a site: Target is to allow googlebot and bingbot to access the site except the page /bedven/bedrijf/* and block all other bots from crawling the site. ...
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Robots: block /lang/page from the index but keep /page

My URL structure looks a bit like this: /group1/ /group2/ /group3/ Group3 (and it's subpages) are also available in another language at the following URLs. A lang prefix was added to this URL: ...
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Baiduspider is crawling my site even when forbidden by robots.txt, how do I prevent it? [duplicate]

My site has heavy traffic because some bot. I checked access_log, some bot Baiduspider go to my site 10-20 times per minute. I do not need Chinese traffic. I have searched and read ...
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Stop Google from crawling my site (already blocked with robots.txt)

Annoyed of YouTube's music deletion in Germany, I started my own "YouTube clone" just for private use. It automatically downloads my subscriptions and some videos with special keywords or from special ...
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Does repetition of same rules for each major crawler bot makes sense in robots.txt?

SEO is a bit of arcane topic and sometimes I encounter strange practics which seemingly aren't backed up by any advice but still persists. Now I mean something like this: User-agent: Googlebot ...
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Bing is not crawling and indexing my mobile subdomain

BACKGROUND I have a mobile site located at a sub-domain of m.hydro-cleansing.com. The site is working fine and can be accessed. I am using a search API provided by Bing that should perform a site ...
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How can Iframes be optimized for search engines?

If my site has an Iframe. What is the best way to optimize this for search engines? We want to keep the Iframe. I have read that blocking Iframes in robot.txt is a good way to go, but this seems ...
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surprising visitors on my wordpress site? [closed]

Hi I have a blog in wordpress where I plan to put some c programming tutorials never got time to finish it actually. but still site is live. Yesterday I received an email from my hosting that I might ...
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Can we use regex in robots.txt file to block URLs?

I have a few dynamic generated URLs. Can I use regex to block these URLs in a robots.txt file?
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Robots.txt exclude certain urls and include others

I have a robots text file which needs to mass exclude certain urls, currently setup as so Disallow: /somestring Disallow: /*/somestring However, some of my URLs generated by users are coming back ...
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Semalt ignores robots.txt, does their own form actually do what they promise?

Semalt is blatantly ignoring robots.txt and the best way to block them as a webmaster seems to be blocking Semalt referral traffic through e.g. .htaccess. I just found out that they're also have a ...
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How much time for robots.txt to remove my website from google

I created a robots.txt file in my root but the website is still indexed by Google. How much time for robots.txt to remove my website from Google?
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I don't want my site to be analyzed on WooRank or builtwith.com

I don't want my site to be analyzed on WooRank or builtwith.com. Is there any way I can do that by editing the robots.txt file or any other possible way?
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Why is Disallow: /search in Blogger's robots.txt?

Can anyone tell me what does this mean in Blogger's "robots.txt" file? Do I need to edit anything in it? Should I remove /search from the Disallow: line? User-agent: Mediapartners-Google Disallow: ...
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Should we modify our Joomla robots.txt after Google's announcement on crawling of CSS and JavaScript?

Have come across an announcement from Google: http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.in/2014/10/updating-our-technical-webmaster.html It states: For optimal rendering and indexing, our new ...
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Robots.txt - CSS allow or disallow

Are CSS and templates allowed in robots.txt? Should it cause any problems? In Joomla, CSS and templates are disallowed in the robots.txt. Please help me find a solution to whether or not put ...
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Allow users to access my beta subdomain but pass link juice to the main site

My site can be accessed by either http://example.com or http://beta.example.com. The sub domain beta is the same site but a different version and I want users to be able to use the beta but any links ...
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Will banning bots make a site harder to find on search engines?

I'm running Apache 2 and a large part of our page views come from bots. Most of those are legitimate ones such as Google and Bing. I want to parse the logs and get accurate statistics as to how many ...
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How to properly (dis)allow the archive.org bot? Did things change, if so when?

I have a website that I mostly don't want to be indexed by search engines, but I do want to preserve it for eternity on archive.org. So my robots.txt starts with this: User-agent: * Disallow: / ...
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Robots.txt vs. Noindex Tags

According to matt cutts, even though we block the page using Robots.txt , it is better using noindex tag. ( Source : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBdEwpRQRD0) If it is blocked by Robots.txt, how ...
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Site's pages hasn't been indexed for more than 10 days, why? [duplicate]

I checked out and robots.txt doesn't block the pages that I've been reviewing. The cached versions of the pages I reviewed in Google are made 10 days ago or more. What could be the cause that a site ...
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Can I place a robots.txt file inside a subdomain and it only affect that subdomain and not the root domain?

Can I place a robots.txt file inside a subdomain and it only affect that subdomain and not the root domain? For example: I have example.com and mysubdomain.example.com. mysite.com already has a ...
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How to Keep “Good” Bots That Ignore Robots & Nofollow From Getting Into Honeypots?

We have a self generating honeypot that is designed to fill crawlers with junk data (among other things). Its protected with the right "treaties" and headers so 99% of good bots stay away. Today ...
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explicitly whitelist every page using robots.txt

I need to allow only specific pages at some site. Let's say: / /page1 /page2 ... Now I don't get how to whitelist the root page at robots.txt Disallow: / # block everything Allow: /page1 ...
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Comment Out Link Shows in Webmaster

I had "Privacy Policy" link on my old website. When I launched my new website, I put the link in footer but disallowed that to robots.txt by adding this code: <?php /*?><div ...
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Google is ignoring my robots.txt

Here is content of my robots.txt file: User-agent: * Disallow: /images/ Disallow: /upload/ Disallow: /admin/ As you can see, I explicitly disallowed all robots to index the folders images, upload ...
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Google Bot spending way too much following old 301 redirects

We changed our URL structure a couple of years ago but we still have a lot of backlinks pointing to old URLs. This causes Google bot to keep crawling old paths again and again and spending a lot of ...
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Should I use 'robots.txt' or 'sitemap.xml' to get dynamically created files indexed in search engines?

I've structure my video site like this: / (root) index.html -/videos -/video-id1 (dynamically generated subdirectory when user uploads a video) /index.html (dynamically generated file ...
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Is wildcard in Robots.txt in middle of string recognized?

I need some string for robots.txt like: disallow: /article/*/ but I don't know if this is a proper way to do this or not?! I need, for example, the following URLs to be followed: ...
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should you let search result page to be indexed

I have a pages of a catalogs, which contains a list of keywords of all products inside that catalogs, and I want to create a link from those keywords to a search page. For example, if the page ...
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Should I disallow(robots.txt) archive/author pages with links already available on the front page?

I am working on a simple Wordpress blog where when an article is published, it appears on ALL these pages: Homepage - Headline(clickable) + 3-line summary Parent category page - Headline(clickable) ...
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Recovering from an incorrectly deployed robots.txt?

We accidentally deployed a robots.txt from our development site that disallowed all crawling. This has caused traffic to dip dramatically, and google results to report: A description for this ...
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What is the empirical way to tell that Google has removed a URL from the index?

After merging two sites, one with ~40 URLs and one with ~700 URLs (due to a forum) the result was that overall traffic decreased by ~50%. I want to get the traffic back, as it was organic and a ...
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Will adding X-Robots-Tag:noindex remove an already indexed page from searchresults

I have a site that has already been indexed by google and shows in the search results. After it had already been indexed I added the X-Robots-Tag:noindex header to all responses. Is that enough for ...
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How do I get google to prefer one branch/directory of my site over another?

I write a software library that maintains "latest" and "beta" branches: gojs.net/latest gojs.net/beta Ideally all of this content would be available via Google search, so I'm reluctant to disallow ...
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How to handle URL parameter for mobile site

I have a phpBB forum with a skin for mobile users. Some javascript detects your device/resolution and sends you to the mobile skin or not. The URL's remain the same, it's based on a cookie. People ...
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How to add favicon to robots.txt

How can I disallow this URL: http://www.example.com/assets/ico/favicon.png? Would these lines in my robots.txt work? User-agent: * Disallow: /blah/assets* Disallow: /blah/assets/ico/
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What should I do when the maximum sitemap size limit is reached according to Google Webmaster Tools?

We have an existing sitemap with the URL: http://example.com/sitemap/sitemap.xml It was submitted to Google Webmaster Tools a long time ago and almost all the pages were indexed, but recently we ...
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How to disallow robots from the first 185 pages?

I have a website that whereby the first 185 pages are sample profiles for demonstration purpose: http://example.com/profile/1 ... http://example.com/profile/185 I want to block these pages from ...
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My site's robots.txt was blocking everyone for a year. What to do now that I fixed that?

My site's robots.txt was blocking everyone for a year (The "Discourage search engines from indexing this site" option was checked in WordPress). I guess Google will re-try to crawl it in the upcoming ...
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Robots.txt destroyed my ranking?

I had to do a massive URL change stuff (Categories and Products) on my e-commerce site while keeping 301 redirect of old URLs to new ones. I did change category URLs (appr: 800 URLs) to new and ...
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Google is not crawling and indexing my site after updating my robots.txt file

I have an issue with Google not being able to properly crawl my site. I have read other questions where people have had the same issue. I've tried to follow their solution of using this in my ...