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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Blocking pages from being crawled with specific URL encoded parameters

While seeing the Google Webmaster Tools report there are certain URL encoded parameters like %5c and %22 coming up in URL's of site. We tried to identify the issue and observed that due to incorrect ...
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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 ...
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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: / ...
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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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Robots.txt on one line

Can I combine robots.txt rules on one line, separated by whitespace? Will this work? User-agent: * Disallow: /
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How to add favicon to robots.txt

How can I disallow this URL: http://www.example.com/assets/ico/favicon.png? Would these lines in my robots.txt work? User-agent: * Disallow: /blah/assets* Disallow: /blah/assets/ico/
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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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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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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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How much Google takes to deindex pages after disallowed from robots?

By accident I have let Google index lots of junk pages. Now I have added them to disallow in robots.txt. Will Google completely remove the pages after seeing the are disallowed from robots? Please ...
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Network unreachable: robots.txt unreachable

I am trying to add a valid sitemap to Google Webmaster. Yet, it says: Network unreachable: robots.txt unreachableWe were unable to crawl your Sitemap because we found a robots.txt file at ...
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robots.txt and disallow

Which one is correct? User-agent: * Disallow: index.php or User-agent: * Disallow: /index.php inorder to block all pages like index.php?day=7 index.php?day=15 index.php?day=30
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Will the already indexed URLs be removed if I use a robots.txt for my site?

Many URLs from my site have been added to Google's index, but a lot of them are outdated and they will never result in a 404 error and take the user to my site's homepage. I have submitted a new ...
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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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Would a self-signed certificate impact my site for search engines?

Would a self-signed certificate impact my site for search engines? By that I mean, do robots refuse to index sites with self-signed certificates?
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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: ...
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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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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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Stop bots from crawling old links with extensions

I've recently switched to MVC3 which is extension-less for the URL's, but Google and Bing have a wealth of links that they are crawling which no longer exist. So I'm trying to find out if there is a ...
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Prevent crawling of mobile site

I have an issue with bots crawling the mobile site and returning hits on the mobile site for desktop users. The mobile content is in /mobile/ The regular site will redirect mobile users to the ...
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Dynamic URLs are Restricted by Robots.txt; does it really matter for SEO?

Today, I was searching for Robots.txt on Google and I found this such a great thread regarding it. I checked Google webmaster tools and found that, there are 117 URLs are restricted by Robots.txt. ...
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Google Webmasters Tools: Denied by robots.txt

I have a website: http://46.105.30.3/ And I'm trying to get testing it using the Fetch as Googlebot option in the Google Webmasters Tools. When I try it it returns Denied by robots.txt. My ...
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Semalt ignores robots.txt, does their own form actually do what they promise?

Semalt is blatantly ignoring robots.txt and the best way to block them as a webmaster seems to be blocking Semalt referral traffic through e.g. .htaccess. I just found out that they're also have a ...
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Why is Disallow: /search in Blogger's robots.txt?

Can anyone tell me what does this mean in Blogger's "robots.txt" file? Do I need to edit anything in it? Should I remove /search from the Disallow: line? User-agent: Mediapartners-Google Disallow: ...
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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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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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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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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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Hiding php includes from search spiders?

Quick and simple question. I have 80+ html files which I want to be crawled. They are individual product pages. Each of these pages calls its content using php includes. These php include files are ...
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Image Hot-links & Google's Instant Previews

I'm trying to adjust my site: 1. stop Image Hot-links 2. block Googlebot-Image (because I do not want my images to be searchable) 3. allow Google's Instant Previews I've tried this but the Instant ...
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Does Yahoo Slurp crawl hammer a site?

A lot of robots.txt examples seem to feature Crawl-Delay for Yahoo Slurp for up to 2 hours, is this because Yahoo Slurp tends to hammer a website and increase server load?
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robots.txt for a CodeIgniter based website?

I am working on a php site that uses Code Igniter framework and has the following folder structure on the server. public_html application public sql style system design images ...
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Pointing to Google that a specific website is for mobiles

I have 2 websites: let's call them A and B. A is a Desktop optimized website. B is a mobile version of A, but it's not on the same domain. It also has a smaller amount of content/pages than A How ...
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Adsense and blocking robots from web pages

If I use a meta tag to make a page 'noindex' does this mean that my adsense ads will not be targeted?
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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 ...
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After adding *.xls to robots.txt how long will the results continue to show up in google

Is there an estimated amount of time before the document will not appear in google results? We have a public records document. One person raised a concern when they saw their "PUBLIC INFORMATION" on ...
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Robots.txt vs. Noindex Tags

According to matt cutts, even though we block the page using Robots.txt , it is better using noindex tag. ( Source : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBdEwpRQRD0) If it is blocked by Robots.txt, how ...
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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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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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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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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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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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“Google couldn't access your site because of a server connectivity issue”

In Google Webmaster Tools on my dashboard I have a notice that appeared 2-3 days ago that says "Googlebot can't access your site". Under the Current Status it has: DNS - SUCCESS Server Connectivity ...
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what should be my initial address for sitemap and robots.txt if I'm using redirection

What should be my initial adress when using this site: http://www.xml-sitemaps.com? I have a folder inside my root where I have all my files. For example I have domain.com and my start directory is ...
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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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Google Webmaster Tools complains about missing robots.txt

Nine days ago, I got a message Google Webmaster Tools: Over the last 24 hours, Googlebot encountered 1 errors while attempting to access your robots.txt. Well, but I don't have a robots.txt on ...
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Prevent crawler that doesn't honoring robots.txt

I have some problem, when I try to write robots.txt for my site ... I find some issues by search on Google, and tell me about honor and not honoring robots.txt, how I can prevent it, can I perform it ...
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How to get search engines to properly index an ajax driven search page

I have an ajax-driven search page that will allow users to search through a large collection of records. Each search result points to index.php?id=xyz (where xyz is the id of the record). The initial ...
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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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HTTP 303 redirection and robots.txt

On a site I'm working on, we're using the HTTP 303 redirect pattern (see this article for background) to distinguish between information and non-information resources. So: some URL's under /id get ...