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Disallowing Sub-Domain

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Msg#: 3979532 posted 3:16 pm on Aug 27, 2009 (gmt 0)

Hey everyone.

My website is example.com, and I have been developing it under beta.example.com

I had hoped search engines wouldn't find that, but they have, so now I need to hide it with robots.txt. But I'm really scared of putting robots.txt in the root of beta.foo.com it will screw up my main site.

So, are the search engines supposed to look at [beta.example.com...] and I put:

User-Agent: *
Disallow: /

Thanks for you help, I gotta get this blocked soon!

[edited by: goodroi at 12:50 pm (utc) on Aug. 28, 2009]
[edit reason] Examplified [/edit]



WebmasterWorld Senior Member jdmorgan us a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

Msg#: 3979532 posted 3:27 pm on Aug 27, 2009 (gmt 0)

As long as client requests for beta.foo.com/robots.txt and foo.com/robots.txt return the two different (and correct) robots.txt files, you'll be fine (You can easily test this using your browser).

Search engine robots expect <any-subdomain>.example.com and example.com to be separate Web sites, each with it's own unique robots.txt and unique pages, so your approach is the correct one. It when these requests are *not* handled separately by a server that you can get into trouble -- typically because of duplicate-content issues.


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