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Robots.txt files
Who to Disallow

 9:04 pm on Feb 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

This might be a silly question, but does anyone disallow robots from visiting a site and if so which spiders do you disallow?

Any help appreciated...
Pete Prestipino



 2:38 am on Feb 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

For the "how", check out [searchengineworld.com...]

For the list of spiders you don't like, you have to decide that yourself. I block:
vscooter (Altavista Images)
These are bots that attempt to cache my images, which I don't like. Other people block other bots.


 3:01 am on Feb 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

I find the webmasterworld robots.txt file useful as a guide.


 3:51 am on Feb 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

As an alternative to blocking a useful robot such as fast, you can also put all of your "proprietary" images into a subdirectory, and then disallow that subdirectory. Example:

User-agent: fast
Disallow: /images/



 4:21 am on Feb 27, 2004 (gmt 0)
I refuse to redesign my website for a bot I've never heard of coded by people who don't care about users who don't want their images indexed.

I emailed fast and asked them how to stop the bot from collecting images but have it still collect html. They replied with the robots.txt code to disallow /.

I emailed google and asked them the same thing. One month later they introduced the google-image agent. Obviously Google cares about webmasters and fast doesn't.


 5:08 pm on Mar 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

I have 5 domain names all pointing to the same site.

Can I include all 5 URLs on the same robots.txt file?

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