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301 redirects & robots.txt
What is the implication of a 301 redirect on robots.txt

 7:32 am on Feb 7, 2004 (gmt 0)

Robots.txt is very important from the SEO perspective. By default, the robot looks for the robots.txt file in the root of the original domain. The question is, what happens exactly when the spiders face a 301 redirect?
Does the robot skip it on not finding the robots.txt at the default location or goes on to the redirected landing domain as well to pick up indexing instrucions?



 10:17 pm on Feb 7, 2004 (gmt 0)

I used a server header check program and a site that's well known to me. I received a 301 for requests to both example.com and example.com/robots.txt and 200s for requests to www.example.com and www.example.com/robots.txt, just as one would expect. :)

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