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What is a robots.txt file

By December 10th, 2020No Comments
robots.txt file

Within a website, a robots.txt file tells search engines how to crawl pages within the site.

This is part of the REP (Robots Exclusion Protocol) that comprise a series of web standards that govern how robots crawl websites.

The robots.txt file is a simple text file that is hosted on your web server.

Web crawler bots (i.e. from Google) will look for this file and follow its suggestions – which should include a prompt to visit your sitemap.

It is a good idea to have a robots.txt file within your website.

You should be able to find out if your website has one by adding:

/robots.txt

…to the end of your domain name in a website browser.

Here is an image of my robots.txt file:

Notice that my sitemap URL is included.

Nigel Temple

Nigel Temple

Nigel Temple BA (Hons) MCIM is a marketing consultant, speaker and trainer. He helps enterprises to find more customers and to communicate with them more effectively. Email: nigel@nigeltemple.com | Call: +44 (0)1628 773128