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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Do we need to block repeated pages content for SEO relevance

I have multiple purchase pages with the same content like: product1red.php product2green.php Should I block them with robots.txt ?
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Google indexing page with parameters but page is Disallowed in robots.txt

I have the following in robots.txt: User-agent: * Disallow: /refer.php User-agent: NinjaBot Allow: / Sitemap: http://www.mysite.com/sitemap.xml The refer.php file does various things depending on ...
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How to remove old robots.txt from google as old file block the whole site [duplicate]

I have a website which still shows old robots.txt in the google webmaster tools. User-agent: * Disallow: / Which is blocking Googlebot. I have removed old file updated new robots.txt file with ...
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Is there any reason for putting humans.txt except of acknowledgement?

Are there any valid reasons of putting humans.txt? The only reason I see so far is to give credit to the team who created the site, and open source libraries it is using.
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How to fix thousands of 404's?

The business I work for recently migrated our e-commerce site from Celerant to Magento. Despite using a robots.txt file and a 301 redirect extension, webmaster tools is reporting that our "not found" ...
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wget not respecting my robots.txt. Is there an interceptor?

I have a website where I post csv files as a free service. Recently I have noticed that wget and libwww have been scraping pretty hard and I was wondering how to circumvent that even if only a little. ...
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Handling SEO for Infinite pages that cause external slow API calls

I have an 'infinite' amount of pages in my site which rely on an external API. Generating each page takes time (1 minute). Links in the site point to such pages, and when a users clicks them they are ...
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600 visitors per day, 20 backlinks but still not referenced by Google

i've launch a website on wednesday (9 August) There's already in 4 days 12,000 viewed pages 1,400 visits 20 to 25 backlincks a sitemap.xml (130 URL) english language / french language - url like ...
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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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With Robots.txt disallow all, why was my site still getting traffic?

In failing to check my robots.txt on a community site, it had: User-agent: * Disallow: / I only clued into this because of a message in my AdSense account saying that five URL's couldn't be crawled....
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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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Serve a different robots.txt file for every site hosted in the same directory

We have a global brand website project for which we are only working the LATAM portion. There is a website installation process here that allows to have one website installation with several ccTLDs, ...
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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 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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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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Do you really need robots.txt and sitemap.xml if I want bot to follow every link? [duplicate]

I wonder if I really need robots.txt/*sitemap.xml* files if I want bots to go through every link on my website without any restrictions? And if I do, what should I write in there?
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Will the content of a PDF on our website affect SEO?

I know that Google crawls websites including PDFs, but does the content contained within PDFs affect SEO rankings? We want to put some PDFs on our website but don't want to see our results take a ...
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Is my whole site is blocked by this Disallow: /

This is a view of my robots.txt file did this query blocked only Baiduspider Search Engine or all of the search engines to check my site. User-agent: Baiduspider Disallow: / User-agent: * Disallow: /...
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Does the line-ending format of robots.txt matter?

Simple question: Should I make sure to use Unix line endings for my robots.txt, or does it not matter?
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What is the correct way to write my “robots.txt” file?

I have written the following code inside my robots.txt file: User-Agent: Googlebot Disallow: User-agent: Mediapartners-Google Disallow: Sitemap: http://example.com/sitemap.xml Is ...
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Bad Bot blocking Revisited

I've read a lot about bad bot blocking, php scripts, .htaccess techniques, etc... Is this a valid method? Since .htacces can rewrite and send a bad bot a 403 deny or forward to something like spam ...
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Should I prevent search engines indexing tag/category pages?

On my site, I currently have no special rules for search engines. It is a blog, statically generated using a Python program. When I search for some of my articles on Google, there is usually a tag or ...
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Controlling robot crawling concurrency using robots.txt and the undocumented setting “host-load”

I'm not much of a network guy, and I am troubleshooting an issue where one of our sites intermittently becomes unresponsive to a reverse proxy: it simply starts turning down connections, and then ...
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Do I need a robots.txt file if most of my site's pages require authorization?

I have a website with many pages, but except for Home page and a View Profile page, all other pages require authorization. Does that mean I need to have a robots.txt file to Disallow these pages with ...
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Sitemap specified in robots.txt not found by Google

I would like Google to find my sitemap.xml via robots.txt, rather than having to manually upload it. My robots.txt looks like this: User-agent: * Disallow: Sitemap: https://www.recreyo.com/sitemap....
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How can an exception be created for Facebook on robots.txt?

I have a directory that I don't want Google to index because it could confuse people who don't know the site. However, I want everyone else to get updates when I post them on our Facebook page. The ...
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Why am I getting this message “Some important page is blocked by robots.txt”?

My site's URL is: www.hackinguniverse.org From some day in Google Webmaster tool a message is showing that says "Some important page is blocked by robots.txt". My robots.txt is: User-agent: ...
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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" href="/link/share/linkedin/Dance+Combo+%28Jazz%2C+Tap%2C+...
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How to temporarily remove a website from search engines?

We are working on a new website and we forgot to disallow robots after putting the test version online, on a subdomain. Now we are already being crawled and indexed by bots (Google, Yahoo, and others) ...
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removing robots.txt

Will removing robots.txt make the website 'searchable' again. Curious if you had a robots.txt to avoid indexing, but changed your mind and wanted to get indexed.
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Remove large number of useless page from Google index using robots.txt

A large number of auto-generated pages from the search of my site has been indexed by Google due to an error. I'm trying to clean this in order to be sure that only the most high quality content is ...
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Google shows every page of my WordPress site but I only want the home page indexed

So to start with, I have Google crawl my (WordPress) website with the search console, now I can see my pages in the search engine. But it shows every page separately. Like my /contact, /services and /...
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Using robots.txt to deny access to MediaWiki special pages using substring matching

I am running a Mediawiki at the domain someurl.com/wiki/. Unfortunally it generates a bunch of automatically generated Special pages which mainly are of low quality but nevertheless are massively ...
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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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Is it safe to block redirected (but still linked) URLs with robots.txt?

I have a website that has all URLs optimized and 301 redirected from nasty URLs to clean ones. However, everywhere throughout the site the unclean URLs are linked in menus, content, products, etc. ...
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Impact of blocking site search from googlebot, but listing content pages in sitemap.xml

We have a fairly large site 600k+ unique pages with various unique URLs along with a custom, local search interface for the site. The search interface has sorting and faceting capabilities to allow ...
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robots.txt - just a guess about wild-card

so if I disallow tempPage, does it mean tempPage_1, temp_Page_2, tempPage_x are also disallowed? I tried to google this up, but I don't know...
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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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How do I deal with content scrapers? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to protect SHTML pages from crawlers/spiders/scrapers? My Heroku (Bamboo) app has been getting a bunch of hits from a scraper identifying itself as GSLFBot. Googling ...
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Should I block search engines with robots.txt on my Facebook app?

There's a few subdomains on my homepage where I tak advantage of robots.txt to block search engines for indexing their contents, like my images and downloads subdomains as I don't want the direct URLs ...
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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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Prevent Duplicate content when using CloudFlare

I have a website which uses CloudFlare CDN. At the CDN setup, CloudFlare created a sub-domain like direct.example.com to my website, which can be used to override CloudFlare and access the site ...
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Is there a way to disallow crawling of only HTTPS in robots.txt?

I just realized that Bingbot is crawling my company's website's pages over https. Bing already crawls the site over http, so this seems frivolous. Is there a way to specify Disallow: / for https ...
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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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Allow all robots robots.txt

In my robots.txt file I have a list of robots that are not allowed to be indexed on my site and for the rest I have to allow all other robots, but I would like to know the real difference between ...
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How can I allow search engines to index my invite only website in ruby on rails?

I have a ruby on rails website that will be in invite-only mode for the next couple of months. Currently I have it set up so visits to any page performs an authentication: before_filter :authenticate,...
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Do crawlers require a robots.txt file before indexing content?

Do you need a robots.txt file for the crawlers to index your site, or it is just to disallow any content that you don't want crawlers to index?
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robots.txt dissalow url containing string with a '/' at the end

i have a website with thousands of dynamic pages. I want to use the robots.txt file in order to dissalow certain url patterns corresponding to pages with duplicate content. For example i have a page ...
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Can HTML sitemaps be listed in robots.txt just like XML sitemaps?

I will have two sitemaps for my website. The first sitemap is the .xml version for the search engines. The second sitemap is a sitemap.php on my website for the users. I know I can list the sitemap....
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Robots.txt problem

Two weeks ago I changed the address of my site. I forgot to renew my domain, and for a few days my site was unreachable. This resulted in google indexing my site inproperly. There is a robot.txt error ...