Robot File Help

Jul 10, 2008

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To block ALL bots from crawling all pages under a directory use the entry in your robots.txt file: User-agent: * Disallow: /private/ To block Google from crawling all pages under a directory use the entry in your robots.txt file: User-agent: Googlebot Disallow: /images To block Google from crawling all files of a specific file type use the entry in your robots.txt file: User-agent: Googlebot Disallow: /*.gif$ To block Google from crawling dynamic pages use the entry in your robots.txt file: User-agent: Googlebot Disallow: /*? To block Google from indexing the images on your website use the entry your robots.txt file: User-agent: Googlebot-Image Disallow: /

*Rather than use a robots.txt file to block crawler access to pages, you can add a <META> tag to an HTML page to tell robots what to do.

To prevent all robots from indexing a page on your site, you’d place the following meta tag into the <HEAD> section of THAT PAGE: <META NAME=”ROBOTS” CONTENT=”NOINDEX, NOFOLLOW”> To allow other robots to index the page on your site, preventing only Google from indexing that page, you’d use the following meta tag into the <HEAD> section of THAT PAGE: <META NAME=”GOOGLEBOT” CONTENT=”NOINDEX, NOFOLLOW”> To allow robots to index the page on your site but instruct them not to follow outgoing links, you’d use the following tag: <META NAME=”ROBOTS” CONTENT=”NOFOLLOW”>

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