The past month or so the number of visits to my robot.txt file has increased dramatically. Before, I’d get a few visits a week, but now I’m suddenly getting about 500 visits a week to the file (it is in fact my most-visited page right now). At the same time, visits to my other pages have dropped by about a third (to about 3,500 visits a week).
I have the user-agent set up as * to allow all bots, and disallow
1. What would account for this sudden increase in visits to my robots.txt file?
2.Could there be any connection between the increase in visits to the robots.txt file and the decrease in visits to my other pages?
Most of the visits to robots.txt seem to be coming from Googlebot, Mozilla, Gigabot, ia archiver, seventwentyfour.com and MSNbot.
The number of referrals from Google searches have dropped by about half.
I appreciate any help you can give me.