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I am new to all of this about Spiders...Robot.txt

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2:39 am on Jul 11, 2001 (gmt 0)


I am new to using the robot.txt with my site and though my questions may seem dumb to some of you, I'd greatly appreciate any assistance.

Do I have to list all of the different spiders in the robots.txt file?

Does anyone have a sample of what it should appear as?

What are the most effective approaches towards using robots.txt and spiders?

Thank you all for your assistance in this matter, I do appreciate it.




3:17 am on Jul 11, 2001 (gmt 0)

The only "dumb" question around here is the one that is not asked. Do not ever feel bad about asking a question.

Robots.txt tutorial [searchengineworld.com]

There are some excellent links at the bottom of that page as well.

The only spiders you need to list in your robots.txt file are those you *don't* want to come to your site: like email collectors.



9:06 pm on Jul 22, 2001 (gmt 0)

Hi all.
This is my first posting, could you show me the text i would have to put in a robot.txt to stop e-mail spiders. thanks maddog
Thanks iv found it


9:29 pm on Jul 22, 2001 (gmt 0)

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Could you post it please


9:43 pm on Jul 22, 2001 (gmt 0)

I have just had a look for my robot.txt on my site and gould not find it, gould some let me know where i would find this file, Thanks


9:44 pm on Jul 22, 2001 (gmt 0)

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It should be in the root like:


9:55 pm on Jul 22, 2001 (gmt 0)

I have had a look at a Robots.txt Syntax Checking
on [tardis.ed.ac.uk...]

An Error occurred whilst fetching the robots.txt file

Not found

This is what i get every day on my log files.

Can you help


12:42 am on Jul 23, 2001 (gmt 0)


I checked the robots.txt file on the website in your profile with this robots.txt validator:


and it said it was correct. Is that the site you are talking about?



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