How to use a robots.txt file to improve your website’s SEO

by Dillon -

A robots.txt file is a text file that tells web robots (also known as spiders or crawlers) which pages on your website to crawl and which pages to ignore. Robots are often used by search engines to index websites, so the more information you can give them about your site, the better!

You can use a robots.txt file to improve your website’s SEO in a number of ways. For example, you can use it to tell robots which pages you want them to index, and which pages you don’t want them to index. You can also use it to control how often robots crawl your website, and how much of your website they crawl.

How to create a robots.txt file

To create a robots.txt file, simply create a text file and name it “robots.txt”. Then, add the following lines of code to the file:

User-agent: *

Disallow: /

The first line tells all robots that they are allowed to crawl this website. The second line tells all robots to disallow (ignore) the “/” directory. This means that all of the files and folders inside the “/” directory will not be indexed by any robot.

You can also add more lines to the robots.txt file to further control which pages on your website are indexed. For example, if you only want certain pages to be indexed, you can add the following lines:

User-agent: *

Allow: /page1.html

Allow: /page2.html

Disallow: /page3.html

In this example, all robots are allowed to index the “/page1.html” and “/page2.html” pages, but are not allowed to index the “/page3.html” page.

You can also use the robots.txt file to block entire directories from being indexed. For example, if you want to block the “/images/” directory from being indexed, you can add the following line:

Disallow: /images/

Remember, the robots.txt file is a text file, so you can easily add or remove lines as needed.

How does robots.txt affect SEO

Creating a robots.txt file is a great way to improve your website’s SEO and make sure that only the pages you want to be indexed are being indexed.

If you want to make sure that only certain pages on your website are being indexed by search engines, then you need to create a robots.txt file. This text file will tell web robots which pages they can crawl and which they should ignore. Creating a robots.txt file is a great way to improve your website’s SEO and make sure that your site is being indexed correctly.

Conclusion

So there you have it! Now you know how to use a robots.txt file to improve your website’s SEO. Give it a try and see how it can help your site rank higher in search results.

Dillon Smart

šŸ‘‹ Hey, I'm Dillon!

Iā€™m a Full-Stack developer in the UK, building websites and applications for around 12 years, landing my first full-time job as a developer in 2015.

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