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Have no idea what robots.txt is and what it does for your site? Do you really need to know what it is and how to use it? In this article, we talk about what robots.txt is and how to install robots.txt on WordPress, with or without a free plugin like Yoast SEO.

The first thing I should say is that by default, WordPress automatically creates a default robots.txt file for your site. So even if you don’t lift a finger, your site should already have the a WordPress robots.txt file.

But, if you knew that, you’re presumably here because you want to know more, or add more functionality (instructions) to this file.

To that end…

…Are you new to robots.txt, and feeling totally lost?

Maybe someone on your team designated you to take care of something on the robots.txt file, such as “Make sure such-and-such is added/blocked on robots.txt.”

Whatever the case, I’m going to pretend you know nothing about robots.txt, and quickly tell you everything you need to know to get started with this crucial text file.

Before we began, I should state this article covers most WordPress installations (which are at the root of a domain). In the rare case where you have WordPress installed on a subfolder or subdomain, then how and where you install robots.txt may differ from what I detail below. That said, these same principles and key ideas still apply.

What is robots.txt?

You probably know that there are web crawlers that visit sites and possibly index the data found on those sites. These are also called robots. They are any type of bot that visits and crawls websites on the internet. The most common type of robot are search engine bots or search engine crawlers like those of Google, Bing, etc. They crawl pages and help search engines index the pages and rank them in the SERPs.

It’s said that, upon arriving at a site, one of the first files that search engine crawlers or web crawler are supposed to look for is the robots.txt file.

A robots.txt file is a simple text file that provides instructions for search engine crawlers and web crawlers. It was created in the mid 90s out of the desire to control how robots interact with pages. It allows web owners and web developers the ability to control how the robots can interact with a site. You can block robots from accessing particular areas on your site, show them where your sitemap can be accessed, or cause a delay on crawling your site.

So, in a way, if there are some sections of your site that you do not want to be crawled, a robots.txt file may instruct abiding user-agents to not visit those folders.

There are some crawlers that have been designed for mischievous purposes, and those crawlers may not abide by the standards set by the Robots Exclusion Protocol.

That said, if you do have sensitive information on a certain portion of your site, you may wish to take extra measures to restrict access to that data, such as installing a password system.

Where is the robots.txt file?

For most WordPress installations, the robots.txt file is on the root domain. That is, for most WordPress sites (which are installed on the root directory of a domain), the robots.txt file can be found at /robots.txt.

So, for example, this site ( has a WordPress installation on the root of its domain. So, its robots.txt file can be found at /robots.txt (

Do you really need to edit your default robots.txt file?

If you don’t have a robots.txt file or if you just have the default file by WordPress, crawlers can crawl all pages of your website and they would not know which areas they should not crawl. This should be fine for those just starting with a blog or sites that do not have much content. However, for sites that have a lot of content and sites that handle private information, a robots.txt file would be needed.

For sites that have a lot of content, it would be good practice to set up a robots.txt file that sets which sites not to crawl. Why? This is because search engine bots usually have a crawl quota, crawl rate, or crawl budget for each website. The bots can only crawl a certain number of pages per crawl and if they do not finish crawling all your pages, they will resume crawling them in the next crawl sessions. This means that for large sites, crawling the site may be slower and cause slower indexing of new or updated content. This issue can be fixed by disallowing crawlers from crawling unimportant pages of your site such as the admin pages, plugin files, and themes folder.

By doing this, you can optimize your site and make sure that the robots only crawl important pages of your site and that new pages are crawled and indexed as fast as possible.

There are also instances when duplicate content cannot be avoided on a site. Some choose to add the page in the robots.txt so that the duplicated pages will not be crawled.

Another is when your site is seeing high bot traffic which can be impacting your server usage or server performance. You can block certain bots from crawling your site or you can set a crawl delay. This helps improve performance issues of your site.

Adding your sitemaps to your robot.txt file also helps Google bot in finding your sitemap and crawling the pages on your site though this is often not added anymore as the sitemaps can be set up in Google Search Console.

Robots.txt commands

The robots.txt file has two main commands. The User-agent and disallow directive.

  • User-agentis what bots use to identify themselves and this command allows you to target specific bots.
  • Disallowcommand tells the robots not to access a particular area of your site.

Aside from those two common commands, there are also theAllowcommand which speaks for itself and as a default, everything on your site is marked as Allow so it is not really necessary to use in. This can be used though when you Disallow access to parent folder but allow access to subfolders or a child folder.

There are also commands forCrawl-delayandSitemap.

There are also instances when you do not want a page to be indexed and the best course of action may not be just disallowing in the robots txt file. The Disallow command is not the same as thenoindextag. While the disallow command blocks crawlers from crawling a site, it does not necessarily stops a page from indexing. If you want a page not to be indexed and to not show up in search results, the best course of action will be to use a noindex tag.

robots.txt Examples

Perhaps the best example is your own example. Since you’re reading this, you probably have a WordPress site. Go to that site’s actual robots.txt file – add /robots.txt to your root domain. (If you don’t yet have a WordPress site, just follow the examples below.)

What do you see?

robots.txt Example #1: A Blank robots.txt File

You may see a blank file or empty file, which isn’t the best, but there’s technically nothing wrong with that. It just means that crawlers can go where they can.

robots.txt Example #2: A Simple robots.txt File

User-agent: *
Allow: /

So, the way robots.txt instructions work is that there’s a web crawler or user-agent callout (this can be for all user-agents or specifically-named ones), followed on the next line by a certain instruction (usually either to allow or disallow certain folders or files).

The asterisk (*) implies all, meaning all user-agents, and the slash (/) means the domain. So, these two lines of code are effectively saying, “All user-agents are allowed everywhere on this domain.”

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Believe it or not, this one has exactly the same implications as a blank robots.txt file and is often the default robots.txt file.

Let’s look at a slightly more complicated one…

robots.txt Example #3: All Bots Disallowed to wp-admin

User-agent: *
Disallow: /wp-admin/

We know that the asterisk (*) means all bots/crawlers/user-agents.
The wp-admin folder is disallowed.

So, this is a callout (an instruction) prevents search engine crawlers and other bots from crawling and going through the wp-admin folder. (This is understandable, because the wp-admin folder is usually a secure, login-only area of a WordPress installation.)

robots.txt Example #4: Perhaps the Most Practical Example: Protecting Your Paid Areas From Being Indexed

If you have a paid-access area, download page, or private files that aren’t password-protected, that download page could be visited by someone using a Chrome browser, which I suspect would alert Googlebot, saying, “Hey, this person left their paid area wide open.”

Then, Googlebot might come and unknowingly index your paid area.

Now, the chances of someone finding your paid-access area via a Google search is low…unless maybe they have a knowledge of search engine operators and know what to look for.

robots.txt Example #5: All Bots Disallowed to wp-admin, Specific Bots Disallowed Entirely

User-agent: *
Disallow: /wp-admin/

User-agent: Exabot
Disallow: /

User-agent: NCBot
Disallow: /

We know from before that all bots are instructed not to go through the wp-admin folder. But we also have additional instructions for user-agent field – Exabot and user-agent NCBot.

This means that you restrict bot access to those 2 specific user-agents.

Notice that for Exabot and NCBot, even though the disallow instructions are identical, they’re still paired with either of the two.

And, notice that there’s a blank line after the instruction (disallow) for all user-agents, a blank line after the instruction (disallow) for Exabot, and presumably, a blank line after the instruction (disallow) for NCBot.

That’s because the rules for robots.txt specify that if you have an instruction for specific user-agents, then those user-agents must have their own callout (be specifically named), and on the next line(s), list the instruction(s) for that user-agent.

In other words, you can’t group specific user-agents or generally assign instructions to a group of specific user-agents. You can use the asterisk (*) to call out to all user-agents, but you otherwise can’t group specific user-agents without using the callout-next-line-instruction example above.

So, basically, there has to be a blank line after the last instruction for one (or all) user-agents followed by the callout of another user-agent (followed by an instruction on the next line).

robots.txt Example #6: All User-Agents, Multiple Instructions

User-agent: *
Disallow: /wp-admin/
Allow: /wp-admin/admin-ajax.php
Disallow: /wp-snapshots
Disallow: /trackback

So, all user-agents are disallowed from wp-admin, with the exception that they’re allowed to crawl a specific file in wp-admin (admin-ajax.php), and disallowed from any url that begins from the root with wp-snapshots or trackback.

robots.txt Example #7: All User-Agents, Multiple Instructions With Sitemaps

User-agent: *
Disallow: /wp-admin/
Allow: /wp-admin/admin-ajax.php
Disallow: /wp-snapshots
Disallow: /trackback


This example is a continuation of the one used in the preceding example, with two added lines telling search bots (or web-crawlers) the file path for the RSS and XML sitemaps.

There’s a little bit more that can be done with robots.txt, but I think these examples are plenty enough for you to get started with.

How to Install (or Edit) a robots.txt File on a WordPress Site

So, as I mentioned earlier, your WP site may already have a robots.txt file that was added during installation (just check

However, you may wish to customize it or give it some functionality. There are generally 2 ways to install (or edit) a robots.txt file on a WordPress installation–one using a plugin, and the other without the use of a plugin:

  1. Perhaps the easier way is with a plugin (which you can get for free). The first option that comes to mind is the free version of the Yoast SEO plugin which is a powerful seo tool that you can install on your site. Some other SEO tools plugins, such as All In One SEO (AISEO), are also capable of editing (or adding) a robots.txt file. There are a lot of helpful tools that you can use to help you with this.
  2. If you don’t want to use seo plugins, you can manually create a physical file for your robots.txt file via your host’s or server’s file management system. (This may be cPanel, though an FTP Client, or another option provided by your host.)

How to Install a WordPress Plugin to Help With robots.txt

  1. First, know which plugin you’d like to install. In this case, we’ll suppose you want to install Yoast SEO.
  2. Log into your wp-admin or wp-login area.
  3. Go to Plugins > Add New.
  4. You should see a search box where you can enter the name of a plugin (or keywords pertaining to certain features). Enter Yoast SEO, then click Enter.
  5. You’ll then see a results page. Click on the result you want to Install.
  6. After installing it, you should then click Activate.
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How to Install a WordPress Plugin to Help With robots.txt

Now that you have Yoast SEO installed, here are the steps you can take to edit or install a robots.txt file. (Note: if Yoast has changed since the time I’m writing this, some of the steps below may be different, but I believe Yoast SEO will still have a robots.txt feature.)

Step1: Know Which Changes You’d Like to Make

This is clear: you want to change/edit (or add) a robots.txt file with certain instructions. Be sure to know what those are.

Step 2: Important: Back Up Your robots.txt File (If There is One)

This is simple: just go to your robots.txt file ( and save that file to your computer by clicking Ctrl + S (or whatever the combination is on your keyboard to save a file).

Of course, this is done just in case an error is made.

Step 3: Log in to your WordPress website.

Step 4: Click SEO on the left side of the dashboard. (See the image below.)

Step 5: Click Tools in the SEO settings.

Step 6: Enable the file editing and click on file editor.

This option will not appear if it is disabled.

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Step 7: Create the changes on your robots.txt file.

You can do this following the examples above, or using any other specific instructions you want to feature.

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Step 8: Save these changes.

That should be it! Go to the section below on verifying and testing your robots.txt file.

How to Edit (or Add) a robots.txt File Via FTP, cPanel, or Your Host’s/Server’s File Management System

Remember that when it was installed, WordPress probably created a virtual robots.txt file. Look for this when you go into your site’s folders.

Step 1: Be sure you know which changes you’d like to make, or what you want on your robots.txt file.

Step 2: Important: Make a Backup of Your robots.txt file. Just go to your robots.txt file ( and save that file to your computer. By doing this, if later on, you make an error, you have a previous version to go back to.

Step 3: Using File Transfer Protocol (FTP), cPanel file, or other file management solution, log onto the root of your domain (root folder) and edit (or create) a robots.txt file.

(Alternatively, you can just use a text editor to create a text file on your local computer, put in the instructions you want, save it as robots.txt, and then upload it.)

Save this file with the file name: robots.txt

Step 3: If you created this robots.txt file on your computer, upload it to your domain’s root.

Step 4: Ensure this robots.txt file is there. You can do that by going to

Verifying, Testing, or Checking, Your robots.txt File

When it comes to coding, there is no room for errors, otherwise, the robots won’t perform the instructions you want.

That’s why you need to validate or check your file.

You can simply do a Google search for a robots.txt validator or checker. There are a number of free options available.

Adding Instructions to Your robots.txt File

To add instructions to your robots.txt file, just follow the steps above (either via a plugin or FTP).

Don’t Forget to do a Final Test

When you’re all done, do a final test by using a robots.txt validator or checker.

Feeling better about working with WordPressrobots.txt?

At the beginning of this article, I asked if you felt lost about robots.txt on WordPress sites. Hopefully, things are a bit more clear for you. Remember: robots.txt is just a simple text file that tells search bots (user-agents) where they can and shouldn’t go.

Though robots.txt is probably already on your WordPress installation, you can edit it by using a WordPress plugin (like Yoast SEO) or via your host’s file management system and I hope that though my article, you have a better idea on how to do it on your site.

There are a lot of uses for robots.txt file. While it may not really be a file for seo and does not directly affect rank, it helps in making sure your site and the right pages are crawled, indexed, ranked for your target terms in the search engine results, and gain traffic of search engines. This, in itself, is enough reason to set up your robots.txt file for your WordPress site.

Looking for other was to help you with your search engine optimization strategies and gaining organic traffic to your site? Want to be a SEO expert and looking for more SEO information? Check out our othercontent on SEOand let us help you get ranked on Google and other major search engines.

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How do I edit robots.txt in WordPress using Yoast? ›

To do this, follow the steps below.
  1. Log in to your WordPress website. When you're logged in, you will be in your 'Dashboard'.
  2. Click on 'Yoast SEO' in the admin menu.
  3. Click on 'Tools'.
  4. Click on 'File Editor'. ...
  5. Click the Create robots. ...
  6. View (or edit) the file generated by Yoast SEO.

How do I change the robot txt in WordPress? ›

txt file in WordPress, click on the Rank Math SEO plugin and make your way to the dashboard. Select 'General Settings' from the left sidebar. Once you've opened the general settings, you'll see an option titled 'Edit robots. txt'.

How do I update my robots.txt file? ›

Update your robots. txt file
  1. Download your robots. txt file. You can download your robots. ...
  2. Edit your robots. txt file. Open the robots. ...
  3. Upload your robots. txt file. Upload your new robots. ...
  4. Refresh Google's robots. txt cache. During the automatic crawling process, Google's crawlers notice changes you made to your robots.

Is robots.txt file bad for SEO? ›

The robots. txt file is a code that tells web crawlers which pages on your website they can and cannot crawl. This might not seem like a big deal, but if your robots. txt file is not configured correctly, it can have a serious negative effect on your website's SEO.

How do I edit code directly in WordPress? ›

If you want to edit the HTML of your entire post, then you can use the 'Code Editor' in the WordPress block editor. You can access the code editor by clicking the three-dots option in the top right corner. Then select 'Code Editor' from the drop-down options.

How do I edit a file directly in WordPress? ›

To access the WordPress editor, go to the Appearance area and click, “Editor.” By default, the theme that is currently active in WordPress will be displayed in this screen. Click the file you want to edit in the right column of the editor.

How do I edit bulk actions in WordPress? ›

Bulk Edit. Using the Bulk Actions drop-down menu at the top of the Edit Posts list, you can bulk edit several posts at a time. To do that, select several posts from the list using the checkboxes on the left. Then select Edit from the Bulk Actions drop-down menu and click the Apply button.

How do I edit dynamic content in WordPress? ›

  1. Go to your WordPress Control Panel.
  2. Click “Plugins”, then “Add New”
  3. Enter “ifso” as a search term and click “Search Plugins”
  4. Download and install the IfSo Dynamic Content plugin.
  5. Click the “Activate Plugin” link.
  6. On your WordPress menu under IfSo, click “Add new”
  7. Fill in the default content.
  8. Select rule.

Is robots.txt obsolete? ›

Google announced back in 2019 that the robots. txt to block indexing would no longer be honored.

Does robots.txt prevent indexing? ›

While Google won't crawl or index the content blocked by a robots.txt file, we might still find and index a disallowed URL if it is linked from other places on the web.

What is the limit of a robot txt file? ›

Google currently enforces a robots. txt file size limit of 500 kibibytes (KiB). Content which is after the maximum file size is ignored. You can reduce the size of the robots.

How do I know if my robot txt is working? ›

Open the tester tool for your site, and scroll through the robots. txt code to locate the highlighted syntax warnings and logic errors. The number of syntax warnings and logic errors is shown immediately below the editor. Type in the URL of a page on your site in the text box at the bottom of the page.

Can you have two robots.txt files? ›

Your site can have only one robots.txt file. The robots.txt file must be located at the root of the website host to which it applies. For instance, to control crawling on all URLs below , the robots.txt file must be located at .

Where is the robots.txt file stored on your website? ›

Finding your robots. txt file on the front-end. Crawlers will always look for your robots. txt file in the root of your website, so for example: .

What plugin to edit WordPress code? ›

WPIDE is an Advanced File Manager and Code Editor plugin for WordPress that you can use completely for free. The Code Editor lets you edit any file within your wp-content folder, not just plugins and themes.

How to edit WordPress without code? ›

There are two ways to access the Customizer: Option 1: From your WordPress dashboard, go to Appearance, and then click on Customize. This will open the Customizer interface with a preview of your theme. On the left side of your screen, you'll see the menu options, which you can change.

How to easily add custom code in WordPress without breaking your site? ›

To add custom code, click on the 'Use snippet' button underneath the 'Add Your Custom Code (New Snippet)' option. You need to start by entering a title for your custom code snippet. This could be anything that helps you identify the code. After that, you can copy and paste your code snippet into the code box.

How do I enable full site editing in WordPress? ›

How to Create a Custom WordPress Header With Full Site Editing
  1. Open the header template in the Site Editor. To begin, open the Site Editor by going to Appearance → Site Editor. ...
  2. Edit header content. Now, you can set up the design of your header using theme blocks. ...
  3. Edit your navigation. ...
  4. Save your template.
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How do I edit a WordPress .htaccess file? ›

Edit in WordPress dashboard
  1. Log in to your WordPress website. When you're logged in, you will be in your 'Dashboard'.
  2. Click on 'SEO'. On the left-hand side, you will see a menu. ...
  3. Click on 'Tools'. ...
  4. Click on 'File Editor'. ...
  5. Make the changes to your file.
  6. Save your changes.

Can you directly edit the HTML in WordPress? ›

Go to Appearance -> Widget. From the widget areas, you can edit the HTML of the available WordPress widgets or add more from the Custom HTML menu. To edit HTML, you need to choose the targeted widget first, make changes and save it. On the other hand, you can add new widgets from the Custom HTML menu.

How do I edit a custom WordPress plugin? ›

Following are the simple steps to Customize Plugins in WordPress.
  1. Step (1) − Click on Plugins → Add New.
  2. Step (2) − Install and activate the Custom Login Page Customizer Plugin.
  3. Step (3) − Click on Appearance → Login Customize section.
  4. Step (4) − Click on Start Customizing button to proceed further.

How do I bulk edit alt text in WordPress? ›

How does this plugin work or How to edit image metadata
  1. Install the plugin “Media Library Helper by Codexin”
  2. From Dashboard, go to media –> Library –> Open the “List View”
  3. Unlock the edit mode. ( ...
  4. Continue updating image ALT text, caption and description as you need.
  5. Once finished, keep the edit mode Locked again.

How do I enable bulk edit? ›

You can modify the Bulk Edit, by going to Settings -> Security, clicking on the Security Role that the user belongs to, click on the Business Management tab, and under Miscellaneous Privileges on the right side, you will see Bulk Edit permissions.

How do you access the bulk edit feature? ›

How to enable Bulk Edit
  1. Go to the column settings screen: Dashboard > Settings > Admin Columns.
  2. Select the WordPress List Table you'd like to Bulk Edit. ...
  3. Add columns that you would like to use bulk edit on.
  4. Enable Bulk Edit per column by clicking the Icon. ...
  5. The contents of the columns can now be bulk edited.
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What is a dynamic edit? ›

Dynamic Editing allows the user to move an edge or node (corner, vertex) of a Room or Object, to remove an existing node, or to add anode to the midpoint on an edge. Moving an edge allows, for example, the base of a Rectangular Room to be made longer or shorter than it was originally drawn.

How do I edit dynamic content? ›

Modify Dynamic Content
  1. Select the name of the content in the content grid.
  2. Select Editor.
  3. Make any changes or additions. To change the default content, click Replace. Select the name of the content to replace the existing content and click Select. Click Add to upload new content. ...
  4. Click Save.

How do I edit additional CSS in WordPress? ›

Log in to your WordPress backend and click Appearance > Customize to open the theme customization screen. You'll see a live preview of your website, with options on the left to customize elements like the colors, menus, or other widgets. At the very bottom of this menu, you should find the Additional CSS box.

What is the difference between robot tag and robot txt? ›

The robots. txt file controls which pages are accessed. The robots meta tag controls whether a page is indexed, but to see this tag the page needs to be crawled. If crawling a page is problematic (for example, if the page causes a high load on the server), use the robots.

What is the difference between robots.txt and meta robots? ›

Robots. txt files are best for disallowing a whole section of a site, such as a category whereas a meta tag is more efficient at disallowing single files and pages. You could choose to use both a meta robots tag and a robots.

Where is robots.txt file in WordPress? ›

By default, robots. txt is located in your website's root directory and can be easily modified for SEO purposes. In order to display your web pages in search results, search engines need to understand the structure and content of your website — what information your web pages contain, and how these pages are connected.

What is a typical WordPress robots.txt file? ›

A WordPress robots. txt file is a text file located at the root of your site that “tells search engine crawlers which URLs the crawler can access on your site” according to the definition given by Google on its webmaster help site.

What should I put in my robots.txt file? ›

A robots. txt file contains directives for search engines. You can use it to prevent search engines from crawling specific parts of your website and to give search engines helpful tips on how they can best crawl your website.

Why is robots.txt blocked? ›

The “Blocked by robots. txt” error means that your website's robots. txt file is blocking Googlebot from crawling the page. In other words, Google is trying to access the page but is being prevented by the robots.

How do I access robots.txt in WordPress? ›

Robots. txt is a text file located in your root WordPress directory. You can access it by opening the URL in your browser. It serves to let search engine bots know which pages on your website should be crawled and which shouldn't.

Where is robots.txt file located in WordPress? ›

By default, robots. txt is located in your website's root directory and can be easily modified for SEO purposes. In order to display your web pages in search results, search engines need to understand the structure and content of your website — what information your web pages contain, and how these pages are connected.

How do I find the robots.txt file on my website? ›

A robots.txt file lives at the root of your site. So, for site , the robots.txt file lives at .

What is robots.txt file format for WordPress? ›

A WordPress robots. txt file is a text file located at the root of your site that “tells search engine crawlers which URLs the crawler can access on your site” according to the definition given by Google on its webmaster help site.

How do I read a robots.txt file? ›

txt file should be viewed as a recommendation for search crawlers that defines the rules for website crawling. To access the content of a site's robots. txt file, simply type “/robots. txt” after the domain name in the browser.

How to use robots.txt file for SEO? ›

A robots.txt file tells search engine crawlers which URLs the crawler can access on your site. This is used mainly to avoid overloading your site with requests; it is not a mechanism for keeping a web page out of Google. To keep a web page out of Google, block indexing with noindex or password-protect the page.

How do I remove robots.txt from my website? ›

The robots file is located in the root directory of your web hosting folder, this normally can be found in /public_html/ and you should be able to edit or delete this file using: FTP using a FTP client such as FileZilla or WinSCP. SFTP (SSH File Transfer Protocol) using a SFTP client such as FileZilla or WinSCP.

How do I edit everything in WordPress? ›

To edit existing content on your WordPress website:
  1. Go to posts/pages in your WordPress Dashboard.
  2. Click on the name of the post or hover over and click “Edit”
  3. Gutenberg editor will load. Click on anything you want to edit and look for the options that pop up:
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Is a robots.txt file the same as an XML sitemap? ›

This page is essentially the opposite from the XML sitemap. The robots. txt page tells search engines which pages you DO NOT want crawled and indexed. Think of confirmation pages, gated content, admin pages, etc.

Does robots.txt need a sitemap? ›

XML sitemaps can also contain additional information about each URL, in the form of meta data. And just like robots. txt, an XML sitemap is a must-have. It's not only important to make sure search engine bots can discover all of your pages, but also to help them understand the importance of your pages.

What should a robots.txt file look like? ›

A robots. txt file consists of one or more blocks of directives, each starting with a user-agent line. The “user-agent” is the name of the specific spider it addresses. You can either have one block for all search engines, using a wildcard for the user-agent, or particular blocks for particular search engines.


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