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How much important is to have robots.txt file?

Discussion in 'Search Engine Optimization (SEO)' started by jiten702, Jun 26, 2010.

  1. jiten702

    jiten702 New Member

    [FONT=Garamond, Garamond, serif]Hi all......[/FONT]

    [FONT=Garamond, Garamond, serif]As it is known to all that robots.txt file is use to specify how search engines should crawl your site's content.....but how much it is important to have it? Does it help in SEO?[/FONT]
  2. shabbir

    shabbir Administrator Staff Member

    No it does not help in crawling but it helps in blocking Googlebot
  3. nabeelarkisdata

    nabeelarkisdata New Member

    And what does that mean please? if googlebot are blocked, what happens?
  4. shabbir

    shabbir Administrator Staff Member

    The pages won't get indexed.
  5. rogerf265

    rogerf265 New Member

    Robots.txt file is a special text file that is always located in your Web server's root directory. Robots.txt file contains restrictions for Web Spiders, telling them where they have permission to search. A Robots.txt is like defining rules for search engine spiders (robots) what to follow and what not to. It should be noted that Web Robots are not required to respect Robots.txt files, but most well written Web Spiders follow the rules you define.
    Last edited by a moderator: Aug 2, 2010
  6. shabbir

    shabbir Administrator Staff Member

    It is robots.txt and not robot.txt
  7. 365outsource

    365outsource New Member

    When a crawler comes to your site, it will look for a special file on your site, called robots.text tells the bot, which Web pages of your site should be indexed and which Web pages should be ignored.
  8. infoway USA

    infoway USA New Member

    It has nothing to do with your SEO plan and strategy. Since it can;t increase ranking, visitors or whatever. but wold you want your personal data becomes public or any valuable document present on the web? It helps you keep crawler keep at bay from those pages you don't want to be crawled.
  9. 4deewar

    4deewar New Member

    robots.txt is use for tell the google that which page is index or which is not.
  10. Click SSL

    Click SSL New Member

    Still I am not getting perfectly how it helps in blocking? :confused:
  11. shabbir

    shabbir Administrator Staff Member

    If you add things like
    User-agent: *
    Disallow: /
  12. shiv2011

    shiv2011 New Member

    its very important because we exclude comtent that we donot want to crawl.
  13. shiv2011

    shiv2011 New Member

    it exclude contents that we donot want to crawl.
  14. linkbuilding5

    linkbuilding5 Banned

    robot.txt file is the file where you can allow or disallow a webpage to crawl.

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