Google Reminds Websites To Use Robots.txt To Block Action URLs

Google Reminds Websites To Use Robots.txt To Block Action URLs

In a LinkedIn post, Gary Illyes, an Analyst at Google, reiterated long-standing guidance for website owners: Use the robots.txt file to prevent web crawlers from accessing URLs that trigger actions like adding items to carts or wishlists. Illyes highlighted the common complaint of unnecessary crawler traffic overloading servers, often stemming from search engine bots crawling … Read more

3 reasons not to block GPTBot from crawling your site

3 reasons not to block GPTBot from crawling your site

The next phase in ChatGPT’s meteoric rise is the adoption of GPTBot. This new iteration of OpenAI’s technology involves crawling webpages to deepen the output ChatGPT can provide.  AI improvement seems positive, but it’s not so clear-cut. Legal and ethical issues surround the technology. GPTBot’s arrival has highlighted these concerns, as many major brands are … Read more

How to use data-nosnippet to block specific content from being used in a Google search snippet [Experiment]

How to use data-nosnippet to block specific content from being used in a Google search snippet [Experiment]

For whatever reason, I’ve seen an uptick in site owners reaching out to me recently about search snippets appearing that they aren’t happy about. For example, Google is selecting text for a search snippet that they simply don’t want to be displayed in the search results. The site owners reaching out didn’t know if they … Read more

How to Block IP Address in WordPress » Rank Math

How to Block IP Address in WordPress » Rank Math

Are you worried about unwanted visitors to your WordPress site? Whether it’s spam comments, malicious bots, or even determined hackers, unwanted traffic can disrupt your site’s performance and peace of mind.  But fear not! You can block IP addresses in WordPress, a simple yet powerful method to create a secure environment for your content and … Read more

Apple ‘quietly asked Amazon to block competitor ads on its product pages’

Apple ‘quietly asked Amazon to block competitor ads on its product pages’

Apple reportedly asked Amazon to stop competitor ads from appearing on its product pages. In response, the retail giant allegedly agreed to only serve ads and recommendations at the very bottom of Apple product pages – a gesture it doesn’t provide to rival brands like Samsung and Microsoft. This preferential treatment has supposedly enhanced Apple’s … Read more

AI bots in SEO: To block, or not to block

AI bots in SEO: To block, or not to block

AI web crawlers like GPTbot, CCbot, and Google-Extended play a significant role in training content for AI ******. These bots crawl websites, collect data, and contribute to developing and improving Large Language ****** (LLMs) and artificial intelligence. However, many people have asked us the same question: should you block these AI bots in your robots.txt … Read more

Google: Search Generative Experience May Link To Paywalled Content But Here Is How To Block SGE

Google: Search Generative Experience May Link To Paywalled Content But Here Is How To Block SGE

Google has updated its paywalled content search developer documentation to explain that Google Search Generative Experience may link to content behind a paywall. Google wrote, “SGE overviews may include links to paywalled content as a way for people to discover those pages.” Google also described in the updated Robots meta tags document how to use … Read more

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