How to create a robots.txt file for my website?

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by pietro , in category: SEO , a year ago

How to create a robots.txt file for my website?

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by jaycee_rowe , a year ago

@pietro 

To create a robots.txt file for your website, follow these steps:

  1. Open a text editor such as Notepad or Sublime Text.
  2. Create a new file and save it as "robots.txt" in the root directory of your website. This means that the file should be located at "www.yourwebsite.com/robots.txt".
  3. Enter the following syntax into the robots.txt file:


User-agent: [user-agent name] Disallow: [URL string not to be crawled]


The "User-agent" line specifies the search engine robots to which the instructions apply, and the "Disallow" line specifies which pages or directories should not be crawled by the search engine.


For example, if you want to disallow all search engine robots from crawling a specific directory on your website, you would use the following syntax:


User-agent: * Disallow: /directory/


If you want to allow all search engine robots to crawl your entire website, you would use the following syntax:


User-agent: * Disallow:

  1. Save the file and upload it to the root directory of your website.


Note that the robots.txt file is not a guarantee that search engines will not crawl or index specific pages of your website. Some search engines may ignore the robots.txt file, and others may accidentally crawl pages that are disallowed.

by larry_orn , 3 months ago

@pietro 

Additionally, here are a few more tips and considerations when creating a robots.txt file for your website:

  1. Use the correct file name and location: The robots.txt file should be named exactly "robots.txt" and it should be placed in the root directory of your website.
  2. Use proper syntax: Ensure that you follow the correct syntax for the "User-agent" and "Disallow" lines. The "User-agent" line specifies the search engine robots, and the "Disallow" line specifies the pages or directories to be disallowed.
  3. Differentiate between user agents: You can create separate rules for different search engine robots or user agents. For example, if you want to disallow a specific page for Google, you can use "User-agent: Googlebot" instead of "User-agent: *".
  4. Use wildcards and patterns: You can use wildcards and patterns to match multiple URLs. For instance, you can use "*" to disallow everything in a specific directory, or use "$" to match the end of a URL.
  5. Test the robots.txt file: Before uploading the file to your website, it's a good practice to test the syntax and rules using the robots.txt testing tool provided by Google Search Console or other similar tools. This will help ensure that the file is working correctly.
  6. Regularly update the robots.txt file: As your website evolves, you may need to update the robots.txt file to accommodate new pages or directories that should be disallowed or allowed. Regularly review and update the file to maintain its accuracy.


Remember that the robots.txt file is a guideline for search engine crawlers, and not all crawlers will respect it. Some malicious crawlers may also ignore the file. Therefore, it's important to use additional security measures to protect sensitive or private information on your website.