User-agent: [user-agent name] Disallow: [URL string not to be crawled] User-agent: [user-agent name] Allow: [URL string to be crawled] Sitemap: [URL of your XML Sitemap] You can have multiple lines of instructions to allow or disallow specific URLs and add multiple sitemaps. If you do not disallow a URL, then search engine bots assume that they are allowed to crawl it. … [Read more...] about How to Optimize Your WordPress Robots.txt for SEO
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In addition to disallowing bots from exploring certain areas of your site, you can also specify a ‘crawl delay’ in your robots.txt file. This will prevent server overloads caused by bots loading and crawling multiple pages on your site at once. It can also cut down on Connection timed out errors, which can be very frustrating for your users. … [Read more...] about Understanding robots.txt: Why It Matters and How to Use It
While my wordpress website was in production, I created a robots.txt file to disallow everything. When the site was ready, I deleted the robots.txt file through cpanel and never thought much about it. Recently, I realized that the website was not showing up on google search results, upon further investigation, i realized that the old robots.txt file was still there (even though I can't locate the file in my root folder). … [Read more...] about Old robots.txt file not changing, can’t update to the current robots.txt
Ok, one thing I do see, something is generating a robots.txt with disallow all. Not sure what is doing that, but it's not helping, so I upload a new robots.txt and remove write perms and now I can see my new robots.txt is remaining in effect that allows spiders. … [Read more...] about Why are some user agents still getting a meta robots tag with noindex from my site?
But before we get into that, let’s quickly discuss the difference between being listed and being indexed. When we say a site has been listed it means that the website will show up in the search engine results pages. However, indexing is the process of caching a web page’s content to the search engine’s server aka its index. … [Read more...] about How to Prevent Google From Indexing Your WordPress Website (And Why You’d Want To)