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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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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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. ...
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How to handle URL parameter for mobile site

I have a phpBB forum with a skin for mobile users. Some javascript detects your device/resolution and sends you to the mobile skin or not. The URL's remain the same, it's based on a cookie. People ...
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Robots.txt disallowing URLs

I need to disallow some URLs on my site but I am not sure how to do that. I have a site that has products and reviews. When someone makes a review, the site generates a URL automatically like this: ...
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What should I do when the maximum sitemap size limit is reached according to Google Webmaster Tools?

We have an existing sitemap with the URL: http://example.com/sitemap/sitemap.xml It was submitted to Google Webmaster Tools a long time ago and almost all the pages were indexed, but recently we ...
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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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Edit robots.txt on google sites

Getting many 404 errors on my website for the following URLs: /system/app/pages/admin/revisions* I was going to put Disallow in robots.txt, but it seems there is no way to edit robots.txt in google ...
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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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My site's robots.txt was blocking everyone for a year. What to do now that I fixed that?

My site's robots.txt was blocking everyone for a year (The "Discourage search engines from indexing this site" option was checked in WordPress). I guess Google will re-try to crawl it in the upcoming ...
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Robots.txt destroyed my ranking?

I had to do a massive URL change stuff (Categories and Products) on my e-commerce site while keeping 301 redirect of old URLs to new ones. I did change category URLs (appr: 800 URLs) to new and ...
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Clicks counting and crawler bots

I am currently running a small affiliate-program for Facebook users. We use an auto-poster to publish links to fan pages. Every hit is stored in our database and we have included a 24 hour reload ...
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Google is not crawling and indexing my site after updating my robots.txt file

I have an issue with Google not being able to properly crawl my site. I have read other questions where people have had the same issue. I've tried to follow their solution of using this in my ...
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Making a dynamic robots.txt but system is appending forward slash

I am making robots.txt dynamically instead of creating a physical robots.txt file. I am making this from the CMS and the system is appending a forward slash to every page. In the case of robots.txt, I ...
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Hiding duplicate content - should I use meta tags or robots.txt?

Last week my site was utterly pummeled in Google's rankings - losing 95% of impressions overnight according to Google Webmaster Tools. It now only shows up if you search for the URL/site name itself. ...
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What bots are really worth letting onto a site?

Having written a number of bots, and seen the massive amounts of random bots that happen to crawl a site, I am wondering as a webmaster, what bots are really worth letting onto a site? My first ...
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Robots.txt got changed to disallow crawling by accident

Our robots.txt mistakenly got changed to: User-agent: * Disallow: / This occurred about 2 weeks ago and was changed back yesterday to allow crawling. Our listed pages in the Googles have ...
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Blogspot noindex search label

The default robots.txt of Blogspot is: User-agent: Mediapartners-Google Disallow: User-agent: * Disallow: /search Allow: / Sitemap: ...
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Google Webmaster Tools: Robots disallow does not seem to be working for staging site

I've added robots.txt on my staging site at staging.mydomain.com as: User-agent: * Disallow: / I then added and verified the staging site in Google Webmasters Tools. In Crawl > Blocked URLs, I can ...
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Redirect Google crawler to different robots.txt via .htaccess

I have googled for the answer all day and still couldn't find an answer. I have a virtual subdomain www.static.example.com which is a mirror site of www.example.com. It means I have just one root ...
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Should I set NOINDEX header for my JS, CSS and image files?

Are there any harms if my site send NOINDEX headers for all my static assets? For image files, I refer to those valueless, e.g. background images, button images, etc. Update: more background ...
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How do I remove a LOT of indexed pages from Google?

A few weeks ago we have figured out that Google has indexed some information we would rather keep in some confidentiality, in the format of individual PDF files. Our assumption was that this was a ...
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CDN virtual subdomain causes duplicated content

I have created a subdomain and a CNAME record which points to the domain root. The subdomain www.static.example.com is actually a copy of the entire website www.example.com and it is supposed to act ...
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Sudden Increase in “Blocked from robots”

In the Index Status section of Google Webmaster Tools a site I manage has seen a sudden increase in pages "Blocked from robots". There's been no spike in Crawl Errors since this happened a week and ...
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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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What kind of redirect (301 or 302) for an email links tracker?

We are developing an email sending application ("à la" Mailchimp). Hyperlinks inserted by our users, in the emails they want to send, are replaced by a tracking URL on our application ...
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Confused about redirect and robots.txt

I am updating a site by creating new pages and deleting old ones. To avoid crawling errors should I use both a robots.txt file and 301 redirect on .htaccess? robots.txt: Disallow: /products.php ...
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No description for any page on the website is available in Google despite robots.txt allowing crawling

I seem to have the weirdest issue with Search Engine Optimization, and I asked the IT folks at my university, I asked people on Joomla forums and I am trying to sort this issue out using Google ...
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Is this a good WordPress robots.txt configuration?

I am about to launch a new WordPress site and below is what I came up with for my robots.txt file. Should I combine some of these directives with a wildcard or should I include them both ways? I know ...
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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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Need to encourage google to refresh robots.txt [duplicate]

My old robots.txt is User-agent: * Disallow: / Is blocking me for uploading a new sitemap and also blocking me for fetching robots.txt manually. I don't know what to do.
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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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Robots and Sitemaps

I have some problems regarding indexing. Google indexed so much in the list. Now I wanted to remove everything from my site. If I have disallow all in robots.txt and send my sitemap.xml. Would ...
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Hiding page content from Google when it is duplicated across several sites

I would like to hide some content from Google. Because a client has multiple websites with the same content then he gets a warning about duplicate content on some of them (multiple countries, same ...
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Does hosting the pre-release website on domain affect SEO?

Until now and still going strong I've always hosted my pre-release websites (my own and customers) (test builds / beta versions) on a test domain, before uploading the whole content to the official ...
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How my robots.txt should look like for a single page app

I can understand how to disallow bots to crawl some pages/folder in normal application. For example for google-bot it is nicely described here. But what should I do if I have a single page ...
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Google Webmaster Tool: “Severe health issues are found on your site” [closed]

I just saw the "Severe health issues are found on your site. Is robots.txt blocking important pages?" message on Google Webmaster Tools. This is what I have in robots.txt: User-agent: * Allow: ...
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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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Google Indexing Pages with noindex meta tag

I got a message in Google Webmaster Tools about "Googlebot found an extremely high number of URLs on your site" with a long list of example URLs. For some of the pages listed, there was nothing to ...
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What is better for SEO robots.txt file or dynamically generated robots.txt URL?

I was relying on our custom WordPress package's dynamically generated robots.txt URL for a few sites but it was not being honoured by Google or Bing (plugin URLs were getting indexed despite the rule ...
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Optimizing and securing robots.txt

I have a couple of doubts / questions / ideas related to robots.txt: Can we deny website for all bots except for chosen ones in order to tell other bots not to crawl site: User-agent: * Disallow: / ...