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 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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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How should a robots.txt be for a wordpress site in order to be mobile-friendly ?

I run a site built on wordpress and my question kind of sums up what I am looking for. There has been an update on google according to which "mobile-friendliness" of a site is now considered as a ...
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Google ate all my bandwidth [closed]

Alright, I am new here and need some good help. I am running an e commerce build on magento called zumastic.com. The issue, I am facing is that google is eating a huge amount of my bandwidth. Last ...
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Configuring the document root on a cookieless domain

I am configuring a cookieless domain for all my static content, I see a lot of articles and how-to's use the same document root for as their main domain. Why? This seems like a disadvantage to me, ...
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Canonical link or block in robots.txt for duplicate content across domains?

I've built a WordPress multisite for a dealership which has different franchises, ie Honda and BMW. Each franchise has its own website which have a used section, with identical content on them all for ...
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Rules for robots.txt file to exclude a whole subdomain from google's search results [duplicate]

In my website's root folder i already have a robots.txt file with some rules for the domain name www.example.com. My website is multilingual so i have setup with drupal de.example.com, fr.example.com ...
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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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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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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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Robot.txt disallow *?s=

Looking on the robot file of our ,soon to be, website. I want to know what prevent the site to be crawled. Is it this line ? If not, what will it disallow ? Disallow: *?s=
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Does the following robots.txt block all pages

I want to knew if the following robots.txt file block the whole pages from being indexed or not. User-agent: * Disallow: Disallow: /cgi-bin/
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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 ...