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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Robots.txt exclude certain urls and include others

I have a robots text file which needs to mass exclude certain urls, currently setup as so Disallow: /somestring Disallow: /*/somestring However, some of my URLs generated by users are coming back ...
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What should I do when the maximum sitemap size limit is reached according to Google Webmaster Tools?

We have an existing sitemap with the URL: http://example.com/sitemap/sitemap.xml It was submitted to Google Webmaster Tools a long time ago and almost all the pages were indexed, but recently we ...
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My site's robots.txt was blocking everyone for a year. What to do now that I fixed that?

My site's robots.txt was blocking everyone for a year (The "Discourage search engines from indexing this site" option was checked in WordPress). I guess Google will re-try to crawl it in the upcoming ...
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Sudden Increase in “Blocked from robots”

In the Index Status section of Google Webmaster Tools a site I manage has seen a sudden increase in pages "Blocked from robots". There's been no spike in Crawl Errors since this happened a week and ...
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Confused about redirect and robots.txt

I am updating a site by creating new pages and deleting old ones. To avoid crawling errors should I use both a robots.txt file and 301 redirect on .htaccess? robots.txt: Disallow: /products.php ...
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Need to encourage google to refresh robots.txt [duplicate]

My old robots.txt is User-agent: * Disallow: / Is blocking me for uploading a new sitemap and also blocking me for fetching robots.txt manually. I don't know what to do.
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Redirect Google crawler to different robots.txt via .htaccess

I have googled for the answer all day and still couldn't find an answer. I have a virtual subdomain www.static.example.com which is a mirror site of www.example.com. It means I have just one root ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How can Iframes be optimized for search engines?

If my site has an Iframe. What is the best way to optimize this for search engines? We want to keep the Iframe. I have read that blocking Iframes in robot.txt is a good way to go, but this seems ...
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How to properly (dis)allow the archive.org bot? Did things change, if so when?

I have a website that I mostly don't want to be indexed by search engines, but I do want to preserve it for eternity on archive.org. So my robots.txt starts with this: User-agent: * Disallow: / ...
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Google Webmaster Tools: Robots disallow does not seem to be working for staging site

I've added robots.txt on my staging site at staging.mydomain.com as: User-agent: * Disallow: / I then added and verified the staging site in Google Webmasters Tools. In Crawl > Blocked URLs, I can ...
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How do I remove a LOT of indexed pages from Google?

A few weeks ago we have figured out that Google has indexed some information we would rather keep in some confidentiality, in the format of individual PDF files. Our assumption was that this was a ...
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Is this a good WordPress robots.txt configuration?

I am about to launch a new WordPress site and below is what I came up with for my robots.txt file. Should I combine some of these directives with a wildcard or should I include them both ways? I know ...
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CDN virtual subdomain causes duplicated content

I have created a subdomain and a CNAME record which points to the domain root. The subdomain www.static.example.com is actually a copy of the entire website www.example.com and it is supposed to act ...
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Is it a problem for Google if robots.txt blocks URLs in the sitemap?

I had submitted my site's URL to Google Webmaster Tools. I am using OpenCart. I also have robots.txt file which is accessible to Googlebot. Now issue I am facing: Googlebot is blocked from accessing ...
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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 ...