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#1 bluekey


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Posted 03 September 2010 - 02:36 PM

Hi guys

I understand that there is a convention that prevents search engines from indexing files ,namely, robots.txt

However, as i have read from the internet, few search engines does not follow such convention. How can i prevent them as well?

Is the following

User-agent: *
Disallow: /

able to prevent all search engines from indexing all parts of the website?


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#2 groovicus


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Posted 03 September 2010 - 03:37 PM

Spiders will index your site regardless of whether you want them to or not. It is only by polite convention that some developers create spiders that will abide by the contents of robots.txt; it is after all merely a text file.

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Posted 04 September 2010 - 06:21 AM

If your web host is using Apache web server, then you can place an .htaccess file inside the folder your do not want anyone to access. Inside this put a line Options -Indexes. Also do not put any link to the pages inside that folder, anywhere on your site (or any other site) so a crawler cannot get them.

If your web host is using anything else than Apache, then I am sorry I do not know.

Edited by Romeo29, 04 September 2010 - 06:26 AM.

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