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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Remove website pages from search results, but keep them crawled

I would like to remove all pages of my website from the search results, except the home page. Is there a way to do this and keep the pages crawlable? Or is there no way except robots.txt?
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How do I disallow variable parent directories and subdirectory with robots.txt?

I want to disallow robots to index some pages of my site. For example, I want to disallow the following pages: /category/name1/page/1 /category/name1/page/2 /category/etc/page/3 But I want to allow ...
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How do you prevent web pages from appearing in the Google search index?

I have some web pages that Google has indexed. I have now added a robots.txt file to exclude them, but should I also add a noindex tag? If so, then how do I do so?
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How to block the most popular spider crawlers via robots.txt?

I want do disallow my website from indexing via robots.txt by MSN/Bing, Yahoo, Ask Jeeves, Baidu and Yandex spider bots. I want to disallow content and media (images, videos) crawlers. The reason ...
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How do I disallow a specific query string in robots.txt?

I have the URL http://www.example.com/shopping/books/?b=9 and the following robots.txt file: User-agent: * Disallow: /?b=9 But when I test this in Google Webmaster Tool's robots.txt tester it ...
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Robots.txt Query String - Couldn't Disallow [duplicate]

I have url : http://www.website.com/shopping/books/?b=9 I disallowed /?b=9 from robots.txt as User-agent: * Disallow: /?b=9 But when i test this from Google Webmaster, on Robots.txt Test Tools, ...
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Disallow Crawling of All Search Pages

Using robots.txt I am attempting to stop all crawling of search URLs Disallow: /rest_of_url/search&tour* Above is what I am using. Our URL looks like the following for all search results. ...
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Point Domain Names With keyword to main website?

This is Question has been asked several time on Stack Exchange. I have read all those answer, still there are certain some technical specification answered. After lot of research on Internet , I ...
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Using canonical links to eliminate “similar” search results in google

In our site, we have links as such: /{{category-name}}.html - will display all products /category-name/filters/{{some-filter}}.html - will display filtered products The problem we are facing is ...
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How to prevent webpages translated with Google Translate Plugin from being indexed?

I've been reading the information here https://support.google.com/translate/#2534535 about the Google Translate plugin. At first I thought that if I used the plugin my site wouldn't be indexed, but ...
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Does Google cache robots.txt?

I added a robots.txt file to one of my sites a week ago, which should have prevented googlebot from attempting to fetch certain URLs. However, this weekend I can see Googlebot loading those exact ...
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SEO: Deindex member profile pages?

I have a forum where users can register and automatically a profile page is created, like here in Stackexchange. The problem with these pages is that sometimes users creates accounts at different ...
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How to make sub-directories appear in Google Search Engine? [duplicate]

I want to know how to effectively SEO manage my personal websites. For example, I have http://www.janedoe.com/ and in the meta data I have: <meta name="keywords" content="jane doe"> along with ...
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Sitemap in different domain and robots.txt crawling

I have the following subdomains: www.example.com api.example.com The subdomain api.example.com is supposed to be invisible to Google. Its robots.txt had a disallow / directive. But I don't want ...
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Is it a good practice to block spam bots by IP ranges?

I'm getting too many hits on my website from Yandex. It doesn't obey robots.txt and by some way it can bypass .htaccess rules. So I'm thinking to block all Yandex IP ranges in my system firewall. Is ...
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Using robots.txt to block sessionID URLs

I've got a problem with Googlebot literally crawling millions of URLs that are the same, because ";jsessionid" keeps getting inserted into the URL (something I cannot change due to the work ...
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Remove several URL of website from Google

I want to remove multiple URL in my website (developped in ASP MVC) All these URL have the format www.mysite.com/planning/xxx I have already adapted the code to make 301 redirect and indicate to ...
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Why does my staging site show up in Google even though my robots.txt file shouldn't allow it? [duplicate]

I'm having a lot of trouble with something that should be simple. I don't want my development site indexed by Google. According to Google's instructions, and just about everything else I can find says ...
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Remove subdomains from Google index and stop indexing them

I am running static content through a CDN, cdn1-cdn5 I am using such subdomains for that. I am loading just images, CSS and JS files this way, but apparently Google has indexed some pages on ...
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Securing images from browsers and humans

Particular parts of a website I'm working on will have pictures not intended for the general public. It is already behind a password protection and the page has no-index no-follow rules. I'm concerned ...
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Proper content for robots.txt on server maintenance page?

I know that the proper server response header should be 503 Service Unavailable, to let the search bots know that they shouldn't index the pages like Update in progress and Server maintenance. But ...
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How much time does robots.txt remain in Google cache?

The old robots.txt alerts me with warning about locked URL. With the new one, the URL passes the tester in Google Webmaster. But when I resend the sitemap I get the same error!
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How to allow Googlebot and Bingbot to crawl mysite?

Recently I got email message from Google that Googlebot cant access your site. I tried to look for some articles on the internet about this issue and most them points its because of robots.txt file ...
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What dangers await if I block non-standard, non-major-usa search engine bots from my USA only website?

I noticed tons of bandwidth being used by non-USA search engine bots, so I began blocking them in an effort to save bandwidth and cpu cycles for actual users and the search engines they come from (...
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Google reports that robots.txt is blocking site - but I don't think it is

I have a site map at http://www.example.com/sitemap_index.xml that has been sumbitted to Google Webmaster Tools, however... Google is reporting that my sitemap is being blocked by robots.txt. My ...
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How does “Noindex:” in robots.txt work?

I ran across this article in my SEO news today. It seems to imply that you can you use Noindex: directives in addition to the standard Disallow: directives in robots.txt. Disallow: /page-one.html ...
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Serving images on CDN; allow crawl of origin or CDN or both?

I have searched and read through a lot of questions regarding this subject, but cannot seem to find anyone that directly addresses my problem. I have a CDN for all my static images img.domain.net, it'...
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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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How do I disallow an entire directory with robots.txt?

I have two sites I am currently working on which is a shopping cart and another shopper...Both are under the same domain name so for example http://someurl.com/first_url http://someurl.com/...
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Magento Robots.txt and blocking cached images

We have a Magento based store. Images are resized and served cached dynamically. When the image cache in Magento is cleared, there are generated new paths and files. And I get 404 errors for them ...
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Can I include a robots meta tag outside of the head in HTML snippets indeded to be AJAXed?

I have a number of files in my site which are not intended for independent viewing, but rather to be AJAXed into content within the site. They obviously don't meet HTML standards (no body, head, etc.) ...
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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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How do robots respond to no user-agent in robots.txt?

I'm just curious because I can't seem to find any mention of it anywhere. What is the standard (or at the very least typical) response to robots.txt without a user-agent parameter? Does it assume the ...
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can't remove blocks on my resources in google webmaster tools

I received an alert from Google Webmaster Tools a couple weeks ago that stated: "Google systems have recently detected an issue with your homepage that affects how well our algorithms render and ...
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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: http://...
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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 ...