Questions tagged [robots.txt]

Convention to prevent webcrawlers from indexing your website.

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How do I use robots.txt to disallow crawling for only my subdomains?

If I want my main website to on search engines, but none of the subdomains to be, should I just put the "disallow all" robots.txt in the directories of the subdomains? If I do, will my main domain ...
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Wordpress - Yoast SEO - robots.txt

I was just reading up on Yoast website here on how the correct robots.txt file should look like with the latest SEO practices. In their example Yoast uses the following: User-Agent: * Disallow: /...
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Dynamic robots.txt based on hostname

Is there a way to swap out a robots.txt file in nginx based on hostname? I currently have www.domain.com and backup.domain.com pointing at the same nginx server, but I don't want Google indexing ...
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robots.txt is redirecting to default page

Hullo, Typically, if I type into my address bar, "oneofmysites.com/robots.txt", any browser will display the content of robots.txt. As you can see, this is pretty standard behaviour. I have just ...
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robots.txt route requires a backslash when behind an Application Load Balancer

I have a rails site using an AWS ALB and all routes appear to work except one, robots.txt. I am getting the error "ERR_TOO_MANY_REDIRECTS", link to example: https://www.mamapedia.com/robots.txt ...
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How to set robots.txt globally in nginx for all virtual hosts

I am trying to set robots.txt for all virtual hosts under nginx http server. I was able to do it in Apache by putting the following in main httpd.conf: <Location "/robots.txt"> SetHandler ...
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Redirect “robots.txt” on specific domain

I want to redirect all requests on "robots.txt" if the domain contains ".our-internal-devel-domain.de". It should be server-wide, because when we develop a website and publish it over our test-domain, ...
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Rewrite robots.txt based on host with htaccess

I'm trying to rewrite a filename based on the server's domain. This code below is wrong / not working, but illustrates the desired effect. <If "req('Host') != '*.mydevserver.com'"> ...
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How to disallow crawling for all subdomains using my main domain's physical robots.txt file [closed]

I have multiple physical sub-domains and I don't want to change any robots.txt file of any of that sub-domains. Is there any way to disallow all the sub-domains from my main domain's physical robots....
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High no of hits by facebook crawler on server

There are daily about 3000 404 hits or more from facebook crawler. Log is as X.X.X.X Y.Y.Y.Y - - [24/May/2017:03:43:35 +0000] "GET /health-and-medicine/trumps-2018-budget-cuts-funding-for-cancer-...
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Remove ?=collcc from url

Google Webmasters Tools has notified me about too many duplicated URLs. Some parameters have been added that I don't know about and I need to remove it, for example: http://example.com/5454/my-utr....
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Meaning of Disallow: /*? in robots.txt

Yahoo's robots.txt contains: User-agent: * Disallow: /p/ Disallow: /r/ Disallow: /*? What does the last line mean? ("Disallow: /*?")
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Nginx robots.txt configuration

I can't seem to properly configure nginx to return robots.txt content. Ideally, I don't need the file and just want to serve text content configured directly in nginx. Here's my config: server { ...
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How to create robots.txt file for all domains on Apache server

We have a XAMPP Apache development web server setup with virtual hosts and want to stop serps from crawling all our sites. This is easily done with a robots.txt file. However, we'd rather not ...
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301 redirect or disallow on robots.txt?

I recently asked for 301 redirection on ServerFault and I didn't get a proper solution to my problem, but now I have a new idea: use the robots.txt to disallow certain URLs from my site to be "crawled"...
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What's with random-character queries coming from googlebot, e.g., vvytnoxvontwusz.html?

One of my sites has been getting queries from googlebot, on the order of: example-log:66.249.79.216 - - [06/Apr/2016:15:36:56 -0700] "GET /vvytnoxvontwusz.html HTTP/1.1" 404 15136 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (...
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Robots.txt - disallow crawling one directory on subdomain

I have placed my product showcase on subdomain such as http://demo.domain.com/productname/. Demo version of product is located at http://demo.domain.com/productname/demo/. I would like to disallow ...
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How to serve robots.txt for all my own subdomains but not other hosts on Apache?

We develop websites and we host the QA environment on the same server as the production environment. I want to serve a specific robots.txt for all QA sites but not for the production sites. We have a ...
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Baidu Spider causing 3Gb of traffic a day - but I do business in China

I'm in a difficult situation, the Baidu spider is hitting my site causing about 3Gb a day worth of bandwidth. At the same time I do business in China so don't want to just block it. Has anyone else ...
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Custom robots.txt being overwritten in Azure IIS 8 by something

We have a custom robots.txt in the root of our IIS cloud service Azure website that does not display correctly when navigating to www.oursite.com/robots.txt . A “different” robots.txt file displays ...
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How Can I Encourage Google to Read New robots.txt File?

I just updated my robots.txt file on a new site; Google Webmaster Tools reports it read my robots.txt 10 minutes before my last update. Is there any way I can encourage Google to re-read my robots....
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Google-Bot fell in love with my 404-page

Every day my access-log looks kind of this: 66.249.78.140 - - [21/Oct/2013:14:37:00 +0200] "GET /robots.txt HTTP/1.1" 200 112 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Googlebot/2.1; +http://www.google.com/bot....
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Restricting Access from BOTS

I would like to protect my server from too many hits from Bots. Considering a scenario, where in a server (physical) located in a private network and hitting my server continuously. Do i have a ...
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How to block fake google spider and fake web browser access?

Recently I found that someguys are trying to mirror my website. They are doing this in two ways: Pretend to be google spiders . Access logs are as following: 89.85.93.235 - - [05/May/2015:20:23:16 +...
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Block all bots from .ru domains via robots.txt or htaccess? [closed]

Is there any way to write rules for robots.txt or htaccess that will block all bots that come from a .ru domain? Thanks
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Robots.txt with several VirtualHosts

My web server is running (apache 2.4.10) different virtual hosts for the following domain name : foo.example.com bar.example.com www.example.com example.com Here is the configuration file for my ...
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Robots file behaviour

I've noticed something odd today. if i go to http://www.google.com/robots.txt, IE11 shows me the contents of google's robot file. However if i go to my site (still in development) using the same ...
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how to write RewriteCond for a url with subdomain

I am trying to ban some bots by writing a RewriteCond rule in htaccess file. Is the following ruleset correct if I add the following: ## block traffic from particular referrers RewriteEngine On ...
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Ideal robots.txt for a gitweb installation? [closed]

I host a few git repositories at git.nomeata.de using gitweb (and gitolite). Occasionally, a search engine spider comes along and begins to hammer the interface. While I generally do want my git ...
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Allocating percent resources for all robots

As many who posted here, my apache server is getting brutally hammerred to near death by robots, most of which are good robots. There is no way to change their crawl rate. Anyone have a suggestion ...
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How Can I Encourage Google to scan New robots.txt File?

I just updated my robots.txt file on a new site; Google Webmaster Tools reports it read my robots.txt 2 days before my last update. my last robots.txt had a "disallow: all" raw. Is there any way I ...
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apache robots.txt with SSL

I have an .htaccess file with a rewrite rule to get a redirect of every HTTP request to HTTPS. But now I have a problem that my robots.txt is not recognized by some online checker. If I remove the ...
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Thousands of robots.txt 404 errors from bots trying to crawl old multisite

Current situation is that we are getting thousands and thousands of 404 errors from bots looking for robots.txt in different places on our site due to domain redirects. Our old website was a ...
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Google-bot trips on a perfectly normal robots.txt, then on a nonexistent robots.txt [duplicate]

I have two domain names pointing to the same virtual server. One of them, http://ilarikaila.com, is a working brochure website I made for a friend. I used the other one, http://teemuleisti.com, to ...
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Why is my robots.txt not working?

I have this robots.txt: User-Agent: * Disallow: /files/ User-Agent: ia_archiver Allow: / User-agent: Googlebot Disallow: User-agent: googlebot-image Disallow: User-agent: googlebot-mobile ...
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What happens if a website does not have a robots.txt file?

If the robots.txt file is missing in the root directory of a website, how are things treated as: the site is not indexed at all the site is indexed without any restrictions It should logically be ...
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Why is googlebot requesting robots.txt from my SSH server?

I run ossec on my server and periodically I receive a warning like this: Received From: myserver->/var/log/auth.log Rule: 5701 fired (level 8) -> "Possible attack on the ssh server (or version ...
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Googlebot cant access my site webmaster tools reply Unreachable robots.txt

When I try to fetch my site as a googlebot in webmaster tools it return Unreachable robots.txt, after investigate I understood google bot can see my server: tcpdump | grep google It returns that ...
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Blocking bad bots

I found this script and was wondering if this is just overkill and even worth using? Is it better for me to just use mod_security? # Generated using http://solidshellsecurity.com services # Begin ...
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Blocking yandex.ru bot

I want to block all request from yandex.ru search bot. It is very traffic intensive (2GB/day). I first blocked one C class IP range, but it seems this bot appear from different IP ranges. For example:...
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Is there a chance to block images spiders / bots on dedicated servers without using robots.txt or .htaccess?

We know that we can block certain spiders from crawling websites pages using robots.txt or .htaccess or maybe via the Apache configuration File httpd.conf. But that requires to edit may be a large ...
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robots.txt for subdomain iis7

I have two different sites in iis7 both point to the same folder they have different subdomains www.sitename.com foo.sitename.com they are essentially the same website, but it runs different logic ...
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If I redirect all users (Except me) from within .htaccess, do I need a robots.txt file

So.. I have my live version of my site e.g v1.0 at domain.com I then have my development testing version at testing.domain.com I want testing.domain.com to only be accessible to me for testing, and ...
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Block Offline Browsers

Is there a way to block offline browsers (like Teleport Pro, Webzip, etc...) that are showed in the logs as "Mozilla"? Example: Webzip is showed in my site logs as "Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 8.0; ...
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IIS Spikes in anonymous users - crippling my server

I have a server running windows server 2008 R2, recently my websites have becoming unresponsive at least once a day, seemingly at random intervals. I have installed some monitoring software and ...
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How to block urls that request for robots.txt in lighttpd?

We have a dedicated development server which runs only test PHP applications on a public network. We have setup session-based authentication for the site. The issue we have is there are lots of 404s ...
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How to create a global robots.txt that gets appended to each domain's own robots.txt on Apache?

I know can create ONE robots.txt file for all domains on an Apache server*, but I want to append to each domain's (if pre-existing) robots.txt. I want some general rules in place for all domains, but ...
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How much HDD space would I need to cache the web while respecting robot.txts? [closed]

I want to experiment with creating a web crawler. I'll start with indexing a few medium sized website like Stack Overflow or Smashing Magazine. If it works, I'd like to start crawling the entire web. ...
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How to Disallow Particular Path in robots.txt

I want to disallow /path but also wanna allow /path/another-path in robots.txt. I already tried: Disallow: /path Or: Disallow: /path$ But doesn't work, I mean it blocked /path/another-path too. ...
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how to rewrite or redirect old or missing or invalid url to 404 page [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Mod_Rewrite Rules but Were Afraid to Ask? I recently upgraded a site and almost all URLs have changed. I have redirected all of them (...