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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Robots.txt vs Sitemap — Who wins in a Conflict

If I block off the directory /foo in robots.txt, but my xml sitemap contains URLs with /foo, will the URLs in the sitemap get picked up by Google and other search engines? In other words, does the ...
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Will 301 redirection to a Google Indexed URL can remove the URL from Google index?

I need to remove some indexed URLs from Google SERP. The problem is I cannot use the 3 types of removal patterns Google suggests like robots.txt, meta name "noindex" and remove the page and make it as ...
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How to fix 404 crawl error of a website

I have a navigational links in a php page nav.php, Which is included in all pages of my website. I have got folder structure like below +top_folder -config.php +includes_folder ...
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Would a 403 page, a blank page and a page redirect be indexed by search robots?

I am wondering if a disallow directive needs to be issued to robots on pages that will generate: a 403 forbidden error; a blank page, or; a page redirect (to log in page for example). Would not ...
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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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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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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 Stop Bots from Killing my Webserver

I am having EXTREME bot problems on the some of my websites within my hosting account. The bots utilize over 98% of my CPU resources and 99% of my bandwidth for my entire hosting account. These bots ...
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Block access to robots.txt file .htaccess

I read in this forum that this .htaccess code should block access to the robot.txt file: RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Mozilla RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} !(Slurp|surfsafely) RewriteRule ...
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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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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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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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Preventing high bandwidth usage from Yandex

Although I put a row for Yandex into my robots.txt file, sometimes Yandex indexes my website aggressively. So I hard coded a part and check for user agent, and serve cached file if user agent is like ...
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Hiding a particulat page from search engines not to index [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Blocking Search Engines to Crawl Parts of a Website? I have a page which i don't want search engines to index or crawl. I am not sure hat should i put in my robots.txt ...
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Hide a Subdomain from Google/Search Engine SEO Result?

I have a subomain which I do not want to be listed in any search engine result. Let say I have: http://www.example.com http://child.example.com How can I hide all URLs of child.example.com domain ...
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Is my robots.txt working as it should?

I want crawlers to have access to http://www.example.com but not http://www.example.com/ My robots.txt is as follows: User-agent: * Allow: /$ Disallow: / My site is in Google search results, but I ...
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Google is indexing unintended content that is either unpublished or a secret part of site

Google is indexing parts of my site that I haven't linked to, it's a mobile version of website that I'm working on - www.domain.com/m/ <-- note the M. How is that even possible? Only thing I can ...
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SEO: disallowing Google from indexing forms?

From a SEO point of view, would you exclude forms from being indexed/crawled by Google or not? I mean my forms hardly ever contains keyword/keyphrases. So I'm wondering what's the point of letting ...
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Googlebot can't access my site when crawling from rootdomain

I can't explain why I get this message for my rootdomain result in Google : trocmalin.com/ A description for this result is not available because of this site's robots.txt – learn more. ...
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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" ...
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Complex Disallow pattern in robots.txt

I have a URL like this: www.example.com/freelance-jobs-new-york I had a problem and many duplicated pages have been created like this: www.example.com/freelance-jobs-new-york-php-php ...
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SEO not indexing my site: “A description for this result is not available because of this site's robots.txt – learn more.” [duplicate]

When googling my site I get following text under the result for my domain: "A description for this result is not available because of this site's robots.txt – learn more." My robots.txt, ...
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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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Preventing search engines to crawl on specific folders

I have set the robot.txt of my website as follow after seeing lots of errors in google's webmaster tools. Mainly because of the Smarty template files. So I changed my robots file as follow: ...
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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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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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Is there a way to make Alexa's ia_archiver slow down its crawling of my website?

Alexa's ia_archiver bot is the main contributor to the Internet Archive's "Wayback Machine" web collection, and there are advantages to having my website included in that collection. There are other ...
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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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Can search engine robots read file with permission 640?

I am on a shared web hosting linux server. I want search engine robots/spiders to be able to read the robots.txt but not any one typing www.mysite.com/robots.txt. As per the following google group ...
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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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If I block a page in robots.txt would I still be able to see the page in my browser? [closed]

What is the purpose of robots.txt? Is it to prevent bots from crawling pages? And if so, does that mean that I can still access the page through my browser?
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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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How to secure robots.txt file?

I would like for User-agents to index my relative pages only without accessing any directory on my server. As initial thought, i had this version in mind: User-agent: * Disallow: */* Sitemap: ...
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How to disallow indexing but allow crawling?

In the front page of my website, I have some previews to articles (with a small introduction to them) that link to the full articles. I want to disallow the front page to prevent duplicate content. ...
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Should I add a “nofollow” attribute to download links, or disallow the URLs in robots.txt?

I have a download link very similar to Opera's one - it's just a script that sends the file. It doesn't have an extension and there's no obvious way to tell that it's actually a download link. So ...
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If I blocked a directory, is a 301 error expected?

I blocked a directory in my site that is not secret but meant for internal discussions that are not relevant for search engine results. After running "Search as Google" at Google Webmaster Tools, the ...
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How to remove old robots.txt from google as old file block the whole site

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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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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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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SEO consideration for duplicate sites

I am building a brochure-ware website for a company that sells products all across the world. They need the site to ask the user what region they are in before using the site; there are 5 regions. ...
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robots.txt file Help needed

What if I put same robots.txt file in multiple directories and folders? User-agent: * Disallow: /otherdirname/dirname2/ Can it'll affect anyhow ?? And how much time it generally takes to refine ...
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robots.txt not updated

I have updated some url's and files in robots.txt file to block url's and files from google search results but, still files displaying in search results. As per a suggestion from a site I tried to ...
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Robots.txt and pattern matching

Adding this to my robots.txt User-agent: * Disallow: /*action=*$ How does robots not recognizing wild cards handle this?
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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 do you disallow root in robots.txt, but allow a subdirectory?

Using robots.txt, how do you disallow the root of a site (http://www.example.com/) but allow a subdirectory (http://www.example.com/lessons/)?
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Mobile site robots.txt [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should I block indexing of my mobile site? Should I allow webcrawlers to index the mobile versions of my websites? Is that a good practice from a SEO perspective? ...
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Why do Google search results include pages disallowed in robots.txt?

I have some pages on my site that I want to keep search engines away from, so I disallowed them in my robots.txt file like this: User-Agent: * Disallow: /email Yet I recently noticed that Google ...
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Robots.txt: do I need to disallow a page which is not linked anywhere?

There are some pages on my websites that I want the user to be able to visit only if I give him/her the url. If I disallow the single pages in robots.txt, they will be visible by anybody looking into ...
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How do I disallow robots to access links on a certain port?

I have a private web server set up on a non-conventional port (say 6677). All people can have access to the whole site's urls from 6677. The links by mysite:6677 are also indexed by Google, which is ...
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Robots.txt and “Bad” Robots

I understand robots.txt and its purpose. I have read some people saying that using a Robots.txt gives "bad" robots or robots who do not obey a robots.txt a way to access pages on your site that you do ...