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 ignored

I'm working on a joomla website, and robots.txt is messing with me... i have it in domain.com/website/robots.txt and I just wanna prevent users from browsing directories. By default it had Disallow: ...
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Serious Googlebot crawl spike using up a ton of bandwidth

One of the sites I maintain has seen Googlebot use 23gb of bandwidth this month. This seems utterly mental to me, what can I do about it? I have reduced the crawl rate on webmaster tools, and ...
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Can web crawlers that visit my site fake their user agent?

I want to write a robots.txt file for my website and allow the famous bots (Google, Bing, and Yahoo) to crawl my website, but deny the rest. I want to know if I add User-agent: Googlebot, will fake ...
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Uploading a non-finished website

I have a pretty basic question. I developed a neat little website which I'm ready to upload, but still needs a bit of work. The designer needs the html to do his work so the website needs to be ...
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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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Preventing Spiders on One Subdomain?

We currently host multiple sites on the same domain that all live in the same physical directory on the server. Each is database driven and lives at a unique subdomain. For example, site1.example.com, ...
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Does Google ignore robots.txt [duplicate]

I know that here www.w3.org/TR/html4/appendix/notes.html#h-B.4.1.1 it says spiders always check the robots.txt before going to page. However I have recently been told that Google crawls every single ...
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Allow users to access my beta subdomain but pass link juice to the main site

My site can be accessed by either http://example.com or http://beta.example.com. The sub domain beta is the same site but a different version and I want users to be able to use the beta but any links ...
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How to fix robots.txt file error in my GWT?

In my blog’s Webmaster Tools, there is a notification in Crawl Errors section, that is Google couldn't crawl your site because we were unable to access the robots.txt file. My blog’s robots.txt file ...
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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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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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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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Does repetition of same rules for each major crawler bot makes sense in robots.txt?

SEO is a bit of arcane topic and sometimes I encounter strange practics which seemingly aren't backed up by any advice but still persists. Now I mean something like this: User-agent: Googlebot ...
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How much time for robots.txt to remove my website from google

I created a robots.txt file in my root but the website is still indexed by Google. How much time for robots.txt to remove my website from Google?
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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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Googlebot robots.txt access error on HTTPS when redirected from HTTP

This might be a stupid question, but I never came across this issue before and were not able to find any definite answers to this on the web: Our client migrated to HTTPS a few months ago, using ...
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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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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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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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Remove website pages from search results, but keep them crawled

I would like to remove all pages of my website from the search results, except the home page. Is there a way to do this and keep the pages crawlable? Or is there no way except 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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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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Could the robots.txt file be overridden by another robots.txt in sub folder?

I know robots.txt is supposed to go in the root directory. But, could it be overridden by another robots.txt inside a sub directory?
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Remove subdomains from Google index and stop indexing them

I am running static content through a CDN, cdn1-cdn5 I am using such subdomains for that. I am loading just images, CSS and JS files this way, but apparently Google has indexed some pages on ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How to block the most popular spider crawlers via robots.txt?

I want do disallow my website from indexing via robots.txt by MSN/Bing, Yahoo, Ask Jeeves, Baidu and Yandex spider bots. I want to disallow content and media (images, videos) crawlers. The reason ...
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Proper content for robots.txt on server maintenance page?

I know that the proper server response header should be 503 Service Unavailable, to let the search bots know that they shouldn't index the pages like Update in progress and Server maintenance. But ...
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What are proper process to disallow a site from google crawl

I have done google and get the two solution for disallow whole a site from google crawl. 1: User-agent: * Disallow: 2: User-agent: * Disallow: / Now can anyone tell me which proper ...
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How to prevent search engine bots from crawling specific pages?

My website crashes my server when a certain page is crawled. I've tried implementing a robots.txt file to disallow that page and to implement a crawl delay, but web crawlers are ignoring it. Is it ...
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Hiding links via AJAX on pages disallowed for indexation for SEO. Good or Bad & Why?

I have pages that I've disallowed in robots.txt and if I don't want those pages to leak link juice to external and internal links that appear on those pages. Questions: If I "hide" these links via ...
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robots.txt being ignored - wordpress install

I just took over maintaining a website and noticed that Google gives "A description for this result is not available because of this site's robots.txt" So I went to look at the site's robots.txt file ...
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Google is indexing pages with a “noindex” robots meta tag

I have come across a very annoying problem. I have several pages that shouldn't be indexed, as they are basically pop-up pages and "thanks for signing up" pages. I have set them up with the robots ...
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Should I submit XML sitmaps directly or list them in my robots.txt?

Are there advantages to listing XML sitemap files in robots.txt vs submitting them directly to Google via Webmaster Tools?
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Should I have a separate sitemap for mobile pages and include that in my robots.txt?

I am working on site that has 20 mobile-friendly pages which are located under a /mobile directory. Should I have a separate sitemap for these mobile pages and include both this and the desktop ...
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Robots: block /lang/page from the index but keep /page

My URL structure looks a bit like this: /group1/ /group2/ /group3/ Group3 (and it's subpages) are also available in another language at the following URLs. A lang prefix was added to this URL: ...
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Stop Google from crawling my site (already blocked with robots.txt)

Annoyed of YouTube's music deletion in Germany, I started my own "YouTube clone" just for private use. It automatically downloads my subscriptions and some videos with special keywords or from special ...