First thing that comes to our mind:
It’s always beneficial to under the basics and then going forward to adopt the process. We are going to follow the same idea in here.
Let us learn about robots.txt and its power.
What is Robots.txt?
How to make a robots.txt file:
Here’s a simple robots.txt file:
This rule lets crawlers index everything as there is nothing disallowed in there. In this particular case, we can remove the robots.txt file from the domain itself.
This rule lets crawlers de-index everything except “wp-content”:
This lets Google index all the pages and files,however, blocking the entire site for other crawlers:
De-index a single file for all the crawlers:
Block Google from indexing URLs with a query parameter (which is often a generated result, like a search):
Why use Robots.txt?
Robots.txt can be used under different CMSs and frameworks so we will be talking about its importance and implementation in WordPress right now.
Robots.txt for WordPress:
Now, when you have used robots.txt on your site then How to make sure no content is affected by new Robots.txt file?
There is a section under GSC which is very useful for checking robots.txt code so you do not need to leave this tool to check your robots.txt file, you can do it from “robots txt tester” option.
There could be a negative impact on your site if robotst.txt usage is not as per robots.txt standard. So, there are few things that you should not do while using robots.txt file.
Disallow: /support /cgi-bin /images/
With our years of experience, we can say that if you follow the rules explained above, you will find managing robots.txt much easier and everything will be at your fingertips.
Also, it would be lovely to hear about your experiences and success stories while working on robots file. We hope that you observed some new tips or strategies of your own while handling robots.txt and trust that you enjoyed this post. We would be very grateful if you help spread it through email or sharing it on Twitter/Facebook. We are rolling out our Outbrain – Taboola post next and will share more insights in there.
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