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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Problem with my robots.txt

I want to allow a certain html file and my site's index file to be indexed by search engines. Everything else should be disallowed. My home directory does not actually contain an index file, I am ...
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Strange robots.txt - how and why did it get there?

I recently created a very simple, pure HTML website which I have hosted with "hostmonster". Hostmonster had very good reviews on some comparison website and in general so far they appear to be ...
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Different robots.txt for two different domains point to same folder

I have the following two domains: domain.com test.domain.com Both point to same folder which is "public_html". What I want is a different robots.txt file for each domain. So when someone ...
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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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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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Robots.txt not working because my site is still searchable

I put a robots.txt in my server This is the code that I putted in User-agent: * Disallow: / I just want my entire site won't be searchable in google. I also put in the NO INDEX, NO FOLLOW on the ...
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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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Where should the robots.txt file be?

If I have a subdomain: subdir.a.com that redirects to a.com/myfolder/ should the robots.txt file be in: subdir.a.com/robots.txt or in a.com/myfolder/robots.txt
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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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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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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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Robots.txt and specific file inclusion

Is it possible to use robots.txt to disallow crawling of a folder, but allow crawling a specific file in that folder?
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CPanel Visitors filled with bandwidth thieves

Issue: Strange and seemingly random entries on the CPanel Latest Visitors console, showing IPs accessing image files without any referring URL and not identified as Bots. Background: I have never had ...
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robots.txt could be overridden by another robots.txt in sub folders?

robots.txt is supposed to go in the root directory, I know. But, could it be overridden by another robots.txt inside a sub directory?
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Hide a site entirely from search engines (Google, Bing etc.)

My company is running a few internal websites that we do not want indexed by search engines such as Google, Bing etc. However, the websites still need to be accessible for our customers, and ...
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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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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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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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Do or can robots cause considerable performance issues?

At work we are in a discussion with team members who seem to think bots will cause us problems relating to performance when running on our services website. Our setup: Lets say I have site ...
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Why google isn't updating my site title in search results? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Google doesn't seem to update the description or title of my homepage I had my domain for few days before I uploaded site to it, and it had one title, and then when ...
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Should a single page fetcher like TinEye obey robots.txt?

I've noticed that tineye.com does not attempt to fetch "robots.txt" from my website. It also sends a "user agent" string consisting of the user's browser with "TinEye/1.0 (via http://www.tineye.com/)" ...
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What is USH.HTML and why do some robot try to access it?

I have been getting quite a few hits on my webservers for the resource /USH.HTML. I have never hosted this file, and do not know what it is. Is this a type of robots.txt file or something specific ...
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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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Preventing Twitterbot to access website

I have a Twitter application so users of my application shares links of my webpage inside their tweets. It seems like bots follow these links and some of these bots create high bandwidth usage. And ...
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“Syntax not understood” error in Google Webmaster Tools robots.txt analysis when I use RewriteRule

In order to redirect my www.site.com to non-www, I employed this bit of code found somewhere on the web. RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www.website.com [NC] RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://website.com/$1 ...
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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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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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Prohibit search engines before going live

I want to prohibit search engines to index my web site before going live with it. If I simple do a robots.txt with: User-agent: * Disallow: / Would that cause any issues later when I decide to ...
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Googlebot fetches my pages very frequent, rel-nofollow, meta-noindex or robots.txt-disallow

Googlebot fetches pages in my site very frequently. And this slowens my website. I don't want Googlebot to crawl too frequent. I decreased crawl rate from Google webmaster tools. But I'm supposing to ...
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How to resolve “Google can't find your site's robots.txt” error?

I've recently found that "Google can't find your site's robots.txt" in crawl errors. When I tried Fetching as Google, I got result "SUCCESS", then I tried looking at crawl errors and it still shows ...
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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 ...
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How do I have Google not index any of my site, except my domain?

Disallow: / I want Google to index the index page, but nothing else. Will this achieve it?
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Should a mobile-only site use robots.txt?

I have a mobile site that is distinct from the corresponding desktop site. The sites share the same content, but the mobile site files are in a completely different directory. The main site had a ...
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“Restricted by Robots.txt” in Google Webmaster Tools when no robots.txt exists

In Google Webmaster Tools, I have 832 errors in the sitemap with the error being "URL restricted by robots.txt". I don't have a robots.txt file, and the robots meta tag equals "index, follow". I did ...
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Blocking URLs and canonical questions

We are running a Magento store set up and was looking to block all pages with the exception of a select few. It seems the only way we can do this is with blocking direct paths to files that are in ...
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Google bots and iframe

Here is the problem: Let say I have mydomain.com. The externaldomain.com/article/mydomain has an iframe with mydomain.com inside but the externaldomain.com robots.txt contains: Disallow: /article/ ...
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Robots.txt error “Crawl postponed because robots.txt was inaccessible” from Google Webmaster Tools

On the robots.txt fetch tab there is a yellow triangle when hovered over. I am getting the following message. "Crawl postponed because robots.txt was inaccessible" However I am showing 0/151 ...
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How can I set my robots.txt file to let bots not crawl certain folders in root directory?

I have a small website with about 20 pages with .html extensions, containing unique articles I wrote consisting of about 1000 words or more. These 20 pages are the main feature of my site. Root ...
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Will there be a conflict between my Sitemap.xml and robots.txt?

I have a robots.txt with the following in it: User-agent: * Disallow: http://tests.compkerworld.com/report_question_error.php?question_id=*&url=* Sitemap: ...
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Should I use “Disallow”, “NoFollow”, or “NoIndex” for paginated listing pages?

I own a web site which has mainly two types of pages: Content pages: they are pretty much static, and link to the previous and next content page (chronologically). The structure is that of a double ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Googlebot is blocked from my domain

My robots.txt is: User-agent: * Disallow: / Sitemap: http://example.com/sitemap.xml Sitemap: http://example.com/sitemap.xml.gz It has been the same for well over a week now, but when I go to ...