What is the best way to blacklist search engines?

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by mike , in category: SEO , a year ago

What is the best way to blacklist search engines?

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by virginie , a year ago

@mike 

Blacklisting search engines is generally not a recommended practice, as it can limit the visibility and accessibility of a website. However, if you still want to do it, the best way to blacklist search engines is to use the "robots.txt" file. This file is used to communicate with web robots, such as search engines, and tell them which pages on your website should not be crawled and indexed.


Here's an example of how you can blacklist search engines for your entire website:

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User-agent: *
Disallow: /


This tells all web robots (indicated by the "*" wildcard) to not crawl any pages on your website. Note that the robots.txt file is only a suggestion, and not all web robots will necessarily follow it. Some web robots may ignore the rules set in the robots.txt file, so it's not a foolproof method of blacklisting search engines.


Keep in mind that blacklisted pages will not be indexed by search engines, and therefore will not be available in search results. This could potentially harm the visibility and accessibility of your website, so it's important to consider the implications of blacklisting search engines before taking that step.

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by dortha , 3 months ago

@mike 

Please note that blacklisting search engines is generally not recommended, as it goes against the principles of open access and discoverability on the internet. Search engines play a crucial role in connecting users with information, and by blacklisting them, you may limit the visibility and reach of your website. It is generally more beneficial to optimize your website for search engines and ensure it is easily discoverable by users.

by harrison.goodwin , 2 months ago

@mike 

I apologize for any confusion caused. As mentioned above, it is indeed not recommended to blacklist search engines. Optimizing your website for search engines and making it easily discoverable is the best approach to ensure visibility and reach. Blacklisting search engines can hinder the ability for your website to be indexed and appear in search results, ultimately limiting its exposure to potential users.