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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Search engines that index your site despite a disallow in robots.txt

Recently, WordPress changed their options from "Block search engines" to "Discourage search engines" So that leaves me wondering, that rewording must be that some search engines disregard your ...
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Need help with mybb forum robots.txt file

I have installed the mybb forum in subdomain of my site. The link to my site is here. but when I search Google even the pages that are disallowed are also index. What's wrong with the robots.txt ...
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How to use wildcards to remove print pages from search engines?

Our site has pages that are print-friendly, which I would like to remove from search engines. Here's an example: ...
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How to block FeedReader from fetching my content to their site?

As you all can see from the picture below, my site's content is duplicated by FeedReader and indexed at Google. When I clicked at the FeedReader link, it uses some sort of iFrame to draw content from ...
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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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In WordPress, should I “Allow search engines to index this site” during development?

I am going to create a web page, and I will do it online. Should I choose the option: "Allow search engines to index this site." during development, or should this be opened after development ends?
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What does “Allow: /” mean in a robots.txt file?

Please help me to understand the following code in robots.txt: Allow: /
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Remove Lots of index pages from google bot from same directory.

My question is about Google bot, seo and webmaster. may be this is not right place for ask, but if person not know so where he place his question he doesn't know!!! If you know my question's answer ...
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Pre-launch Disallow in robots.txt?

My team is launching a new site soon. Is it worth blocking spiders from indexing the landing page right now? What effects will this have on my long term SEO results. Is this question even ...
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Unreachable robots.txt error

I am getting Unreachable robots.txt error whenever I use fetch as Google. I know, on this site there is other queations related my issue. But I also use Google Page Speed test, site is working ...
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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 Webmaster Tools is showing incorrect warnings - blocked by robots.txt

I'm getting a warning when submitting my sitemap to webmaster tools it saying that my pages are blocked by robots.txt when they are not. Has any one come across this or a way to resolve this before ? ...
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robots.txt: block all webpages except a few number of webpages?

I have a few doubts regarding robots.txt. Say, my domain is stackoverflow.com, A) Will the code below do the following for all the crawlers? User-agent: * Disallow: / Allow: /$ Allow: /a/$ Allow: ...
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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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Robots.txt Disallow command

How do I use robots.txt to disallow folders which are being crawled due to a bad URL structure? They're currently causing a duplicate page error. The URL which been crawled incorrectly is: ...
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Can Googlebot handle robots.txt with a 302 redirect?

In Google Webmaster Tools, I get an error: Google couldn't crawl your site because we were unable to access your site's robots.txt file The associated help says: If your robots.txt file ...
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Facebook and Crawl-delay in robots.txt?

Do Facebook's webcrawling bots (for example facebookexternalhit/*) respect the Crawl-delay: directive in robots.txt files?
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Is there a reason msnbot crawls in spikes?

I've been experiencing high RPM spikes recently. Something like this: When I debugged, I've found reasons to believe the reason is the msnbot suddenly makes a massive crawl and then stops. I assume ...
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Does Google crawl page when G+ logo is embedded?

I have a robots.txt file in the root to prevent search engines indexing any of my sites. I have a social media management application embedded on my site that includes all major social media channels ...
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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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Uploading a non-finished website

I have a pretty basic question. I developed a neat little website which I'm ready to upload, but still needs a bit of work. The designer needs the html to do his work so the website needs to be ...
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How to submit sitemap when your website has partial https? - Error: “Not in Domain”

My website is an eCommerce that is set up to do HTTP for the item browsing portion, but HTTPS for things like shopping cart, contact us, etc.. (anything that has forms on it). I've submitted my ...
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Wlll links into pages that are restricted by Disallow rules in robots.txt help SEO?

I have a search-engine based website, and the search functionality itself is not crawlable because of a Disallow: rule in robots.txt. Other content is on the site is crawlable. If I get incoming ...
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RSS feeds and robots.txt

I have RSS feeds on my site. I've decided to follow Stack Exchange and disallow my RSS feeds in the robots.txt. I don't want search engine to display the RSS feed page to people, that's not really a ...
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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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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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Google Webmaster Tools robots test not working

Within Webmaster Tools I have supplied my test content: User-agent: * Disallow:/admin/ Disallow: /tag/ When I specify the URL to test against, for example: http://www.site.com/tag/ It gives me ...
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Best way to prevent Google from indexing a directory [duplicate]

I've researched many methods on how to prevent Google/other search engines from crawling a specific directory. The two most popular ones I've seen are: Adding it into the robots.txt file: Disallow: ...
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Is there any advantage/disadvantage to using robots.txt to disallow access to legal pages such as terms, privacy policy, etc.?

As I understand, having repetitive content is a detriment to search engine placement. Given that many websites that use similar or even identical "Terms and Conditions" and "Privacy Policy" pages due ...
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Does Google ignore robots.txt

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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To allow or disallow alphabetical content directory pages?

We have a content that publishes fresh content 2-3 times a day. The site has category pages for tags and each alphabet. They both list the title with links to all the content within that category or ...
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Grapeshot crawler ignoring robots.txt

Has anyone come across a crawler called Grapeshot? They are hammering the same page repeatedly on our website. I believe they are looking for ad related keywords, based on previous content ad ...
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Which token from a long User-Agent should I use in robots.txt?

The definition of User-Agent states that several tokens can be included, as deemed necessary by the client. I want to block certain bots via robots.txt and I am confused as to which part of the ...
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My first robots.txt [closed]

I'm creating my first robots.txt and wanted to get a second opinion on it. Basically I have a FTP setup on my board for some special users to transfer files between each other and I do NOT want that ...
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Robots.txt and Regular Expressions

If I place a regular expression in robots.txt will it be readable for the web crawlers?
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Disallow age gate/verification page in robots.txt?

Should I disallow the age gate page in robots.txt? I need to make sure the crawlers can get through the gate.
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Robots.txt never downloaded but some blocked URLs in GWT

There is something I don't understand in Google Webmaster Tools (GWT) for my WordPress site. In menu "Blocked URLs", it mention that my robots.txt has never been downloaded but there are some blocked ...
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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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How to block pagination when the URL is just one number?

I'm trying to avoid duplicate content on a website by blocking pagination via robots.txt, but it turns out the URL doesn't have a parameter passed into the URL I can simply block, it's just a number. ...
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Robots.txt to block a parameter instead of a directory

It's my understanding that URLs are of the format example.com/something/somethingelse. It's my understanding that parameters follow the URL with a question mark example.com?l=fr_FR My CMS website ...
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In robots.txt, why would there be “Allow: /*” below a Disallow rule?

I want to allow full access to all Google I am specially confused about Allow: /* below Disallow: # Google Image User-agent: Googlebot-Image Disallow: Allow: /* # Google AdSense User-agent: ...
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Google lists redirected URL instead of target URL

We've recently moved much of our site to a Web CMS which published to www1 rather than the old www. To clean up the search results, we've added an exclusion in robots.txt for the old hostname and ...
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What is the difference between Disallow and Allow?

I had 2 questions in my mind: what is the difference between Allow and Disallow? which one should I use to allow Google bot for AdSense? User-agent: Mediapartners-Google Disallow: User-agent: ...
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Removed pages from website - do I need to tell Google or will they fall off in time anyway?

This is a follow up question from here: Duplicate title tags due to translations Since asking the question I have removed the duplicated content that was being generated by language/translations on ...
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Cascading matches in robots.txt

I was wondering if it's possible to let bots match two groups of User-Agent: blocks. I have this block of robots.txt User-Agent: AhrefsBot # https://ahrefs.com/robot/ Crawl-Delay: 5 User-agent: * ...
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Why is Yahoo bot hitting a page when my robots.txt file is configured to disallow all bots?

My robots.txt: User-agent: * Disallow: / A page two directories below the root is being hit by a Yahoo bot and getting a 404: HTTP_REFERER: [empty string] HTTP_USER_AGENT: Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; ...
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Correct usage of robots.txt file (“Googlebot-Image” and “Mediapartners-Google”)

This is the current robots.txt file I am using on a site of mine. I have excluded large parts of the IP.Board forum in order to try and cut down on duplicate content. I've also excluded some WordPress ...
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Sitemaps: rel=“alternate” hreflang=“x” naming

I'm creating a Sitemap for rel="alternate" hreflang="x", but no where in Google's guidelines do they mention how it should be named. Also can we reference it separately in the robots.txt file, or does ...
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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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Does Google respect a redirect header for robots.txt to a different file name?

With respect to robots.txt requests, Google states "Redirects will generally be followed until a valid result can be found". Does this mean that, if I create a 301 redirect for ...