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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URLs with parameters & canonical tags. Block them via robots.txt vs GSC URL parameters?

I have some URLs with parameters, the parameters aren't of the filtering kind, they don't create millions of duplicates. The parameters are simple being used for tracking purpose, content doesn't ...
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Robots.txt for multiple domains with same website

I have the following three domains: example1.com (Disallow) example2.com (Disallow) example3.com (allow) All domain points to same folder which is public_html. How to disallow search ...
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How to stop certain urls from being indexed

When I type site:example.com(using my domain obviously), I get several link errors showing up in the listing. Typically, they are of the form: /some/fixed/path/admin/unblockUser/11 I am thinking of ...
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redirecting bots and crawlers to another but not human via htaccess

I would to apply this diagram via htaccess I tried a lots of codes but I failed every time so I need to redirecting bots and crawlers especially from facebook via htaccess regards
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80% of Website Traffic coming from Just one Town in USA - Strange?

For the last month, 80% of my total traffic was coming from just one Town in the USA. Here are the attributes: It is one of the richest towns in California in USA which defies logic since I run a ...
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Google webmaster tool Severe health issues are found in your property

I'm getting this message in GWT : Severe health issues are found in your property , Some important page is blocked by robots.txt. My robots.txt User-agent: * Disallow: /wp-admin/ Sitemap: ...
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Robots.txt problem in subdirectory website (locale) and “/” character

We have two sites mainsite.com and mainsite.com/de where /de shows the german site. We rely on 1 robots.txt file. It contains all the disallow links for mainsite.com that we set-up and copied it to ...
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Crawl Error on Disallowed Content

I've got a rule in my robots.txt file: # Crawlers Setup User-agent: * # Directories Disallow: /my_directory/ Yet I am getting entries in my Crawl Errors section of Google Webmaster Tools for this ...
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Why is Google saying that the User-Agent line is invalid?

I have the following robots.txt file: User-agent: * Sitemap: https://m.mysite.com.au/sitemap.xml and when I use the Webmaster Tools to validate it I get it showing that the user agent line is ...
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What are proper process to disallow a site from google crawl

I have done google and get the two solution for disallow whole a site from google crawl. 1: User-agent: * Disallow: 2: User-agent: * Disallow: / Now can anyone tell me which proper ...
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Restrict all robots except Googlebot and Yandexbot

I want to allow Googlebot access all my pages with crawl delay. Yandexbot access only index.html. Bingbot access /tools pages. All other bots will not be accessed my pages. Is this robots.txt ...
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How to prevent search engine bots from crawling specific pages?

My website crashes my server when a certain page is crawled. I've tried implementing a robots.txt file to disallow that page and to implement a crawl delay, but web crawlers are ignoring it. Is it ...
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Hiding links via AJAX on pages disallowed for indexation for SEO. Good or Bad & Why?

I have pages that I've disallowed in robots.txt and if I don't want those pages to leak link juice to external and internal links that appear on those pages. Questions: If I "hide" these links via ...
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User-agent line needed in robots.txt?

I'm about to deploy a website for testing and I want to let all the indexing bots to not index my site during this phase. According to Google Webmasters Help section apparently you only need the ...
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“Verify live version” not available in Google Webmaster Tools

I was searching how to submit a robots.txt file using Google Webmaster Tools and I see no option of Verify live version, which is the forth step in submitting a robots.txt file to Google. I went ...
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robots meta not blocking indexing

We have a staging version of our website to test changes on at trailheadpaddleshack.ca/staging1. This never appeared in search before. Recently the staging site has appeared on Google and is affecting ...
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robots.txt being ignored - wordpress install

I just took over maintaining a website and noticed that Google gives "A description for this result is not available because of this site's robots.txt" So I went to look at the site's robots.txt file ...
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Robot.txt disallow *?s=

Looking on the robot file of our ,soon to be, website. I want to know what prevent the site to be crawled. Is it this line ? If not, what will it disallow ? Disallow: *?s=
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How should a robots.txt be for a wordpress site in order to be mobile-friendly ?

I run a site built on wordpress and my question kind of sums up what I am looking for. There has been an update on google according to which "mobile-friendliness" of a site is now considered as a ...
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What is the difference between Disallow: /? and Disallow: /*?* in robots.txt?

We have many parameters in our URL and I wonder what will do the parameters pasted below. Will they disallow all the parameters after ?? Please tell me what does this mean: Disallow: /? Disallow: ...
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Am I doing .htaccess right to block google, bing and alexa bots?

I do not need bots at all. I bought my traffic and I do not want my sites to show up on search engine or anything. So I added this: <IfModule mod_setenvif.c> # remove most popular bot ...
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Does the following robots.txt block all pages

I want to knew if the following robots.txt file block the whole pages from being indexed or not. User-agent: * Disallow: Disallow: /cgi-bin/
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Could the robots.txt file be overridden by another robots.txt in sub folder?

I know robots.txt is supposed to go in the root directory. But, could it be overridden by another robots.txt inside a sub directory?
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Google is indexing pages with a “noindex” robots meta tag

I have come across a very annoying problem. I have several pages that shouldn't be indexed, as they are basically pop-up pages and "thanks for signing up" pages. I have set them up with the robots ...
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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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Should I submit XML sitmaps directly or list them in my robots.txt?

Are there advantages to listing XML sitemap files in robots.txt vs submitting them directly to Google via Webmaster Tools?
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URL blocked by robots.txt in webmaster for Blogger site

Remove: Disallow: /search From where can I remove this line? I am using Blogger and in webmaster it shows many of my pages are blocked. From the following Q&A, I know that I need to remove this ...
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Google ate all my bandwidth [closed]

Alright, I am new here and need some good help. I am running an e commerce build on magento called zumastic.com. The issue, I am facing is that google is eating a huge amount of my bandwidth. Last ...
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Is it possible to exclude Data-URIs (data:image/xxx) through robots.txt?

At the moment Google (I can not find similar informations for Bing, Yahoo!, etc.) does not index Data-URI. But until it is possible I like to know if it is possible to exclude Data-URIs of being ...
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Complex Disallow pattern in robots.txt

I have a URL like this: www.example.com/freelance-jobs-new-york I had a problem and many duplicated pages have been created like this: www.example.com/freelance-jobs-new-york-php-php ...
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What does “Disallow: /search” mean in robots.txt?

In my blog's Google Webmaster Tools panel, I found the following code in my robots.txt of blocked URLs section. User-agent: Mediapartners-Google Disallow: /search Allow: / I know that Disallow will ...
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Google Webmaster Tools tells me that robots is blocking access to the sitemap

This is my robots.txt: User-agent: * Disallow: /wp-admin/ Disallow: /wp-includes/ Sitemap: http://www.mydomain.org/sitemap.xml.gz But Google Webmaster Tools tells me that robots is blocking access ...
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Is there a difference between an empty robots.txt and no robots.txt at all?

On a webserver I now have to admnistrate I noticed that the robots.txt is empty. I wondered if there's a difference between an empty robots.txt and no file at all. Do crawlers behave differently in ...
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What is a minimum valid robots.txt file?

I don't like that I see a lot of 404 errors in the access.log of my web server. I'm getting those errors because crawlers try to open a robots.txt file, but couldn't find any. So I want to place a ...
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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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Should I use both Robots.txt and META NAME=“ROBOTS”?

I am currently using the Robots.txt file (the standard one of Joomla, to say). Now I have found that there are also specific HTML meta tags that specify desired robot behavior. Is there a reason to ...
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What is the default behavior of robots if there is no robots meta tag?

Assuming I have a page without a robots.txt and without the robots meta tag. What is the default behavior of robots? Would they index the page and follow the links as in: <meta name="robots" ...
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Will google remove the old caches if noarchive is added to robots.txt

If you want google's cache of your site to remain unchanged is it a good idea to add noarchive to robots.txt? Or will this wipe out your caches?
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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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Can a sitemap index contain other sitemap indexes?

I have a bi-lingual website with a sitemap index for each language that links to several different sitemaps (one for videos, one for static content, and one for articles). I would like to introduce ...
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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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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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CPanel Visitors filled with bandwidth thieves

Issue: Strange and seemingly random entries on the CPanel Latest Visitors console, showing IPs accessing image files without any referring URL and not identified as Bots. Background: I have never had ...
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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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How does robots.txt handle links to disallowed pages?

We have affiliates that link to our site with a querystring. e.g. <a href="http://www.mysite.com/affiliate?id=123">Affiliate Link</a> In my robots.txt file, i have: Disallow: ...
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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 ...