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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Will duplicate international (i18n) content hinder SEO rankings?

Google clearly states that duplicate content within a single, or multiple, domains is not advised. This is understood, but I am not sure of any exceptions for sites with region-specific content that ...
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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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Should I use “Disallow”, “NoFollow”, or “NoIndex” for paginated listing pages?

I own a web site which has mainly two types of pages: Content pages: they are pretty much static, and link to the previous and next content page (chronologically). The structure is that of a double ...
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Google Webmaster Tools complains about missing robots.txt

Nine days ago, I got a message Google Webmaster Tools: Over the last 24 hours, Googlebot encountered 1 errors while attempting to access your robots.txt. Well, but I don't have a robots.txt on ...
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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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Does the Instant Preview in Google Webmaster Tools take robots.txt in account?

Is that the way to go if I want to visually see what the googlebot sees? I'm trying to check a folder which I have just blocked in my robots.txt. If I fetch the folder as googlebot, it fetches ok, ...
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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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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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Need to Stop Bots from Killing my Webserver

I am having EXTREME bot problems on the some of my websites within my hosting account. The bots utilize over 98% of my CPU resources and 99% of my bandwidth for my entire hosting account. These bots ...
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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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Block search engines from the main domain while allowing add-on domains to rank well

I have a shared hosting account with a main domain and many add-on domains. I don't actually use the main domain, it just has a landing page. Can I tell bots not to index the main domain WITHOUT ...
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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 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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Is it a problem for Google if robots.txt blocks URLs in the sitemap?

I had submitted my site's URL to Google Webmaster Tools. I am using OpenCart. I also have robots.txt file which is accessible to Googlebot. Now issue I am facing: Googlebot is blocked from accessing ...
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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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Will the already indexed URLs be removed if I use a robots.txt for my site?

Many URLs from my site have been added to Google's index, but a lot of them are outdated and they will never result in a 404 error and take the user to my site's homepage. I have submitted a new ...
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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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Does Google ignore robots.txt [duplicate]

I know that here www.w3.org/TR/html4/appendix/notes.html#h-B.4.1.1 it says spiders always check the robots.txt before going to page. However I have recently been told that Google crawls every single ...
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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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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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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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Why do Google search results include pages disallowed in robots.txt?

I have some pages on my site that I want to keep search engines away from, so I disallowed them in my robots.txt file like this: User-Agent: * Disallow: /email Yet I recently noticed that Google ...
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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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robots.txt blocking specific files also block unnecessary URLs

I am using Magento for one of my site. In Magento there is a file mage (no extension file name is mage only) to block this file I write robots.txt as # Files User-agent: * Disallow: /mage But this ...
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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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nofollow doesn't stop crawling?

In my website, most of the pages has a linkedin sharing button written in this way: <li> <a id="share_linkedin" ...
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Files I should have on every website

I would like to have a list of files that should exist on every website. The idea is to please most browsers and bots and get down with the number of 404 messages in the logs. So far I have the ...
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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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Is it OK to block my javascript files in robots.txt?

Is it OK to block my javascript files in robots.txt, or can it hurt my website SEO-wise?
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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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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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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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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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Prevent azure subdomain indexation

Let me explain my situation, I have an azure website (with azurewebsites.net sub domain), and a custom domain.com, built with asp.net MVC Both are being indexed by Google, but I've noticed the custom ...
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Strange robots.txt - how and why did it get there?

I recently created a very simple, pure HTML website which I have hosted with "hostmonster". Hostmonster had very good reviews on some comparison website and in general so far they appear to be ...
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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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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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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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Can I invoke Google to check my robots.txt?

I read the answers in this question, but they still leave my question open: Does Google cache robots.txt? I didn't find a way in the Google Webmaster Tools to invoke a re-download of my robots.txt. ...