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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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 ...
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robots.txt file Question

User-agent: Mediapartners-Google Disallow: User-agent: * Disallow: /account.php Disallow: /cart.php Is the above actually blocking crawlers? i just saw the extra "disallow" after the Google
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What's the proper way to handle Allow and Disallow in robots.txt?

I run a fairly large-scale Web crawler. We try very hard to operate the crawler within accepted community standards, and that includes respecting robots.txt. We get very few complaints about the ...
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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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How long does it take for Google to remove page from index? Or, why aren't these pages excluded?

A set of pages are marked as noindex and nofollow, both in robots.txt and with X-Robots-Tag: noindex, nofollow When checking with Google Webmaster Tools, the pages are reported as "Denied by ...
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How to prevent webpages translated with Google Translate Plugin from being indexed?

I've been reading the information here https://support.google.com/translate/#2534535 about the Google Translate plugin. At first I thought that if I used the plugin my site wouldn't be indexed, but ...
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Why does my sitemap have a “.gz” extension, and how can I edit it?

An XML sitemap generator plugin for WordPress puts the following strings in my robots.txt file: User-agent: * Disallow: /wp-admin/ Disallow: /wp-includes/ But other WordPress blogs have lots of ...
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Do I need disallow other websites directory in robots.txt?

I have a hosting which has several websites in www folder. I set up a WordPress website in root directory for main domain. Do I need disallow other websites directory in robots.txt? I think these ...
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Google Webmaster Tools tells me that robots is blocking access to the sitemap

This is my robots.txt: User-agent: * Disallow: /wp-admin/ Disallow: /wp-includes/ Sitemap: http://www.mydomain.org/sitemap.xml.gz But Google Webmaster Tools tells me that robots is blocking access ...
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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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How to block certain URL from robots.txt file? [closed]

This is simple question but also I have a confusion. Below is the code which I wrote in my robots.txt: User-Agent: * Disallow: /phpmyadmin/ Disallow: /login/ Disallow: /newsletter/ Disallow: ...
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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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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 ...
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Handling duplicate content caused by 'new' smart-url structure

I used to have an URL structure like this: mydomain.com/search.php?key=value which I've since changed to: mydomain.com/key/value. I've changed all the internal links in my site, but Google ...
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Searches for “more information about text formats”

I have a site using Drupal as CMS, and got "infected" badly with spammer bots. Moreover, recently I signed up for Google's Webmaster Tools, and I see that one of the top search queries that result in ...
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Is this a correct robots.txt file?

I would like to allow Googlebot and Mediapartners-Google (AdSense useragent) to crawl my website. So I have written below code inside my robots.txt file. User-agent: Googlebot Disallow: ...
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Noindex, Nofollow affect “Google Custom Search” results?

I am using Google Custom Search on my site, if I set pages to "noindex" or "nofollow", does it also affect the custom search results on my site?
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How does robots.txt handle links to disallowed pages?

We have affiliates that link to our site with a querystring. e.g. <a href="http://www.mysite.com/affiliate?id=123">Affiliate Link</a> In my robots.txt file, i have: Disallow: ...
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Does specifying full webpage path in robots.txt would affect my website?

It may be a silly question but I need to clarify my doubt because it's related to robots.txt. I need to prevent some label path of my website using robots.txt file. User-agent: * Disallow: ...
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Right way to allow all access to website in robots.txt?

user-agent: * disallow: Is this the right way to allow all access to all content of a website to crawlers in a robots.txt?
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Google indexed page a day before also reflecting in search but today everything vanish

We had robots.txt which disallow all robots as we were in development. We are live now. We change robots.txt as per our requirement a day before. Submit indexes using Google Webmaster Tools index ...
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Confused for writing robots.txt file

I am getting DNS error from last few 5 days in my Google Webmaster Tools. That's the reason I would like to confirm my robots.txt file. Is the below robots.txt file is correct or not? User-agent: * ...
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Disallowed images in the robots.txt of my Joomla site can't be displayed when shared in Facebook

I have noticed that since I have disallowed images using the robots.txt in my Joomla site, when sharing an article in Facebook, the image will not be displayed. Why is that? Is it indeed related? My ...
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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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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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Should I block Wordpress archive pages from search engines?

I use WordPress and /sample-post/ URLs for my posts and /yyyy/mm/ for the archives. Google has indexed the site fully. Since the archives currently display full posts I've thought that I shouldn't ...
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Robots.txt practices with .htaccess redirections (inherits)

I have a question regarding how to write robots.txt files for many domains and subdomains with redirects in place. We have a hosting account that enacts primary and add-on domains. All of our domains ...
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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 ...
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GoogleBot can't reach my site

For some reason, the other day, out of nowhere, Google Webmaster Tools started showing all these errors while crawling my site, saying that it couldn't reach my pages. I checked my robots.txt and ...
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How to make “crawl-delay” works for all “user-agent” in robots.txt or in .htaccess?

I have this line: Crawl-delay: 50 in the robots.txt file at the root of my website. But it seems that it is not working at all. I get 400 visits from the Yandex user agent in a few minutes. I ...
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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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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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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 ...