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

Google Updates Robots.txt Parser Code In GitHub

Google Updates Robots.txt Parser Code In GitHub

Google has updated its open source robots.txt parser code on GitHub the other day. Gary Illyes from Google pushed the update yesterday morning to the repository there. Google originally released the parser to the world back in 2019. Gary Illyes explained on LinkedIn that this updated parser has been being used by Google for a … Read more

Google Had Discussed Allowing Noindex In Robots.txt

Google Had Discussed Allowing Noindex In Robots.txt

Google’s John Mueller responded to a question on LinkedIn to discuss the use of an unsupported noindex directive on the robots.txt of his own personal website. He explained the pros and cons of search engine support for the directive and offered insights into Google’s internal discussions about supporting it. John Mueller’s Robots.txt Mueller’s robots.txt has … Read more

SEO Bite #7 – YouTube’s Robots.txt

SEO Bite #7 – YouTube’s Robots.txt

Who said robots.txt files had to be boring? Check out the easter egg in YouTube’s robots.txt file: This is what I call “Marketer Bait.” In short, you can create things with the intent to get marketers to promote them, like what I’m doing right now. I saw something interesting and now I’m sharing it. As … Read more

New Google Search Console Robots.txt Report Replaced Robots.txt Tester Tool

New Google Search Console Robots.txt Report Replaced Robots.txt Tester Tool

Google announced a new robots.txt report within Google Search Console and at the same time said it will sunset the old robots.txt tester tool. The new tool shows which robots.txt files Google found for the top 20 hosts on your site, the last time they were crawled, and any warnings or errors encountered. Google also … Read more

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