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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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 ...
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Block search engines from the main domain while allowing add-on domains to rank well

I have a shared hosting account with a main domain and many add-on domains. I don't actually use the main domain, it just has a landing page. Can I tell bots not to index the main domain WITHOUT ...
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What dangers await if I block non-standard, non-major-usa search engine bots from my USA only website?

I noticed tons of bandwidth being used by non-USA search engine bots, so I began blocking them in an effort to save bandwidth and cpu cycles for actual users and the search engines they come from ...
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Can I include a robots meta tag outside of the head in HTML snippets indeded to be AJAXed?

I have a number of files in my site which are not intended for independent viewing, but rather to be AJAXed into content within the site. They obviously don't meet HTML standards (no body, head, etc.) ...
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robots.txt, how effective is it and how long does it take?

We recently updated the site to a single page site using jQuery to slide between "pages". So we now have only index.php. When you search the company on engines such as Google, you get the site and a ...
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Block access to robots.txt file .htaccess

I read in this forum that this .htaccess code should block access to the robot.txt file: RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Mozilla RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} !(Slurp|surfsafely) RewriteRule ...
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Need to sanity-check my .htaccess, especially Limit GET POST line for Google repellent

I need a sanity check on this .htaccess (from a WordPress site) I inherited from a 5 month+ old site. What's the symptom? Google + Bing crawl, but don't index any of the pages. Let me be clear: I'm ...
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How to submit sitemap when your website has partial https? - Error: “Not in Domain”

My website is an eCommerce that is set up to do HTTP for the item browsing portion, but HTTPS for things like shopping cart, contact us, etc.. (anything that has forms on it). I've submitted my ...
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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 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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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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Bing is not crawling and indexing my mobile subdomain

BACKGROUND I have a mobile site located at a sub-domain of m.hydro-cleansing.com. The site is working fine and can be accessed. I am using a search API provided by Bing that should perform a site ...
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Why would I use a robots.txt file? [duplicate]

From what I understand after reading Google's Controlling Crawling and Indexing: The purpose of robots.txt file is to disallow crawling of some URLs, but those can still be indexed (and appear in ...
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RSS feeds and robots.txt

I have RSS feeds on my site. I've decided to follow Stack Exchange and disallow my RSS feeds in the robots.txt. I don't want search engine to display the RSS feed page to people, that's not really a ...
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URL blocked by robots.txt in webmaster for Blogger site

Remove: Disallow: /search From where can I remove this line? I am using Blogger and in webmaster it shows many of my pages are blocked. From the following Q&A, I know that I need to remove this ...
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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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Mobile site robots.txt [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should I block indexing of my mobile site? Should I allow webcrawlers to index the mobile versions of my websites? Is that a good practice from a SEO perspective? ...
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Facebook and Crawl-delay in robots.txt?

Do Facebook's webcrawling bots (for example facebookexternalhit/*) respect the Crawl-delay: directive in robots.txt files?
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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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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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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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SEO not indexing my site: “A description for this result is not available because of this site's robots.txt – learn more.” [duplicate]

When googling my site I get following text under the result for my domain: "A description for this result is not available because of this site's robots.txt – learn more." My robots.txt, ...
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How to secure robots.txt file?

I would like for User-agents to index my relative pages only without accessing any directory on my server. As initial thought, i had this version in mind: User-agent: * Disallow: */* Sitemap: ...
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surprising visitors on my wordpress site? [closed]

Hi I have a blog in wordpress where I plan to put some c programming tutorials never got time to finish it actually. but still site is live. Yesterday I received an email from my hosting that I might ...
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Comment Out Link Shows in Webmaster

I had "Privacy Policy" link on my old website. When I launched my new website, I put the link in footer but disallowed that to robots.txt by adding this code: <?php /*?><div ...
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How my robots.txt should look like for a single page app

I can understand how to disallow bots to crawl some pages/folder in normal application. For example for google-bot it is nicely described here. But what should I do if I have a single page ...
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Google say: robots.txt not valid for subdomains?

I'm very confused about Google's robots.txt documentation Examples of valid robots.txt URLs: Not valid for http://other.example.com/ https://example.com/ http://example.com:8181/ ...
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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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Robots are still disallowed even without a robots.txt file

I'm having trouble with a website I'm working on. I initially set up a robots.txt file to prevent robots from indexing it while I was working on it. However now its live and the robots.txt rile has ...
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Will robots.txt block crawling things like menu and footer links?

If I am blocking a page called pay.php, google won't crawl this page. But what about the links that are on this page as default as menu and footer links? Will these links also be blocked from ...
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Baiduspider is crawling my site even when forbidden by robots.txt, how do I prevent it? [duplicate]

My site has heavy traffic because some bot. I checked access_log, some bot Baiduspider go to my site 10-20 times per minute. I do not need Chinese traffic. I have searched and read ...
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What is the empirical way to tell that Google has removed a URL from the index?

After merging two sites, one with ~40 URLs and one with ~700 URLs (due to a forum) the result was that overall traffic decreased by ~50%. I want to get the traffic back, as it was organic and a ...
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Hiding page content from Google when it is duplicated across several sites

I would like to hide some content from Google. Because a client has multiple websites with the same content then he gets a warning about duplicate content on some of them (multiple countries, same ...
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Google Webmaster Tool: “Severe health issues are found on your site” [closed]

I just saw the "Severe health issues are found on your site. Is robots.txt blocking important pages?" message on Google Webmaster Tools. This is what I have in robots.txt: User-agent: * Allow: ...
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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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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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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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Is “robots.txt” necessarily needed? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do I need robots.txt? From my understanding robots.txt is only needed to do something different from the norm like exclude a certain file directory and such, but if this ...
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Will google remove the old caches if noarchive is added to robots.txt

If you want google's cache of your site to remain unchanged is it a good idea to add noarchive to robots.txt? Or will this wipe out your caches?
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Google Bot spending way too much following old 301 redirects

We changed our URL structure a couple of years ago but we still have a lot of backlinks pointing to old URLs. This causes Google bot to keep crawling old paths again and again and spending a lot of ...
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Will adding X-Robots-Tag:noindex remove an already indexed page from searchresults

I have a site that has already been indexed by google and shows in the search results. After it had already been indexed I added the X-Robots-Tag:noindex header to all responses. Is that enough for ...
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Does hosting the pre-release website on domain affect SEO?

Until now and still going strong I've always hosted my pre-release websites (my own and customers) (test builds / beta versions) on a test domain, before uploading the whole content to the official ...
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Remove page from Search Result Bunch [duplicate]

When I do a branded search for a website the structure shows like ( see image ). I would love to remove Privacy Policy page or Manipulate the structure I see now ( showing pages I want to ). How I can ...
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Clicks counting and crawler bots

I am currently running a small affiliate-program for Facebook users. We use an auto-poster to publish links to fan pages. Every hit is stored in our database and we have included a 24 hour reload ...