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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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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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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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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Can a sitemap index contain other sitemap indexes?

I have a bi-lingual website with a sitemap index for each language that links to several different sitemaps (one for videos, one for static content, and one for articles). I would like to introduce ...
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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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Search and Tags for robots.txt

After setting up a blog at blogspot.com I added the site to my webmasters tools of google. I noticed an error: "Restricted by robots.txt" and looked a little into the matter. I found in the ...
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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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How do I disallow an entire directory with robots.txt?

I have two sites I am currently working on which is a shopping cart and another shopper...Both are under the same domain name so for example http://someurl.com/first_url ...
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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 to temporarily remove a website from search engines?

We are working on a new website and we forgot to disallow robots after putting the test version online, on a subdomain. Now we are already being crawled and indexed by bots (Google, Yahoo, and others) ...
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wget not respecting my robots.txt. Is there an interceptor?

I have a website where I post csv files as a free service. Recently I have noticed that wget and libwww have been scraping pretty hard and I was wondering how to circumvent that even if only a little. ...
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Quick Question, robots.txt Disallow: /*/ does what exactly? [closed]

A SEO firm suggested changing the robots.txt to: User-agent: * Disallow: /*/ Allow: /ims/ I'm not sure what that would do, but my guess is that is would tell all robots to index nothing but the ...
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Stopping Google index some web pages I have

I have some web pages that google has indexed. Now I added a robots.txt file to exclude them but should I also add a “noindex” tag and if so then how can I best add this?
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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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How can I allow search engines to index my invite only website in ruby on rails?

I have a ruby on rails website that will be in invite-only mode for the next couple of months. Currently I have it set up so visits to any page performs an authentication: before_filter ...
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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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After adding *.xls to robots.txt how long will the results continue to show up in google

Is there an estimated amount of time before the document will not appear in google results? We have a public records document. One person raised a concern when they saw their "PUBLIC INFORMATION" on ...
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Search engines that do _not_ respect robots.txt?

Are there any search engines that do not care about robots.txt?
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How to hide my website from search engines using robots.txt? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Robots denied by domain is still listed in search results I want to hide my website from all search engines for that i write robots.txt in that robots.txt i write code ...
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How can I let robots access my site?

I have a webpage on my university's server, which means I cannot access the root directory and change files there. Is there some other way to give access to robots to my page? Thanks.
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Pre-launch Disallow in robots.txt?

My team is launching a new site soon. Is it worth blocking spiders from indexing the landing page right now? What effects will this have on my long term SEO results. Is this question even ...
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robots.txt and disallow

Which one is correct? User-agent: * Disallow: index.php or User-agent: * Disallow: /index.php inorder to block all pages like index.php?day=7 index.php?day=15 index.php?day=30
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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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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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Google Webmasters Tools: Denied by robots.txt

I have a website: http://46.105.30.3/ And I'm trying to get testing it using the Fetch as Googlebot option in the Google Webmasters Tools. When I try it it returns Denied by robots.txt. My ...
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Robots denied by domain is still listed in search results

So, on all of our sites that are not search facing we've applied a robots.txt file (per How to exclude a website from real-time Google search results ?, or any other similar question). However, if ...
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Why is “mac” disallowed in microsoft.com/robots.txt? [closed]

At http://www.microsoft.com/robots.txt, why are there entries like: Disallow: /*/mac/help.mspx Disallow: /*/mac/help.mspx? Disallow: /*/mactopia/help.mspx? .... Could there be a real reason to not ...
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Should I disallow robots on A/B test pages?

I'm going to be setting up an A/B test using Google's WebsiteOptimizer on my homepage, and I plan to name my two test variants index_a.php and index_b.php. Should I be putting in rules to my ...
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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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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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To disallow indexing the category and tag listings in a blog

Mark Wilson says that category and tag listings in a blog should be disallowed in order to prevent duplicate content. I understand this. However, I want to put internal links on keywords in the blog ...
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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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Disallow robots.txt from being accessed in a browser but still accessible by spiders?

We make use of the robots.txt file to prevent Google (and other search spiders) from crawling certain pages/directories in our domain. Some of these directories/files are secret, meaning they aren't ...
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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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removing robots.txt

Will removing robots.txt make the website 'searchable' again. Curious if you had a robots.txt to avoid indexing, but changed your mind and wanted to get indexed.
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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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What is a good robots.txt for WP?

What is the "best" setup for robots.txt? I'm using the following permalink structure in Wordpress: /%category%/%postname%/. My robots.txt currently looks like this (copied from somewhere a long time ...
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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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robots.txt - just a guess about wild-card

so if I disallow tempPage, does it mean tempPage_1, temp_Page_2, tempPage_x are also disallowed? I tried to google this up, but I don't know...
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PageRank: will links pointing to pages protected by robots.txt still count?

If every single link to a given website www.example.com points to a page in a particular subdirectory (i.e. www.example.com/user/[something]), but that directory is off limits as per robots.txt, i.e. ...
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Does Google Preview obey Robots.txt?

Because it sure looks like it does. For my sites we disallow the images directory and the previews are all missing images which makes the site look wonky. Is this the case and is there a way to ...
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Should I block search engines with robots.txt on my Facebook app?

There's a few subdomains on my homepage where I tak advantage of robots.txt to block search engines for indexing their contents, like my images and downloads subdomains as I don't want the direct URLs ...
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Googlebot crawler: URL restricted by robots.txt - how to fix the entries in robots.txt?

I noticed recently that Google is not caching all of the pages on my website. Upon using the Google webmaster diagnostic tool, I realized that some of my pages were being restricted by entries in my ...
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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 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 the line-ending format of robots.txt matter?

Simple question: Should I make sure to use Unix line endings for my robots.txt, or does it not matter?
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Why isn't my website in Google search results?

I've made a website one month ago and it still isn't indexed by Google. I haven't change any setting in the robots.txt file. I've tried to search for site:websitename.com but I still can't see it, ...
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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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600 visitors per day, 20 backlinks but still not referenced by Google

i've launch a website on wednesday (9 August) There's already in 4 days 12,000 viewed pages 1,400 visits 20 to 25 backlincks a sitemap.xml (130 URL) english language / french language - url like ...
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If I don't want to set any special behavior, is it OK if I don't bother to have a robots.txt file?

If I don't want to set any special behavior, is it OK if I don't bother to have a robots.txt file? Or can the lack of one be harmful?