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robots.txt appearing in my log files

But I have n't got one there!



8:29 am on Jul 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

Hi, there are entries in my log file, see below..

GET /robots.txt - 80 VHOSTS\domain621531

but I have n't got that file. I am beginning to think it might be lurking somewhere and putting of bots! For instance Google refuses to index my site other than the front page despite good links, navigation etc..


9:47 am on Jul 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

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What appears in your logs may just be an attempt by a spider to retrieve this file, it doesn't necessarily mean that the file exists. What was the HTTP response code returned by your webserver?


2:38 pm on Jul 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

404! Of course. Thanks for pointing that out. I can rest now!

Any ideas why google will only index my first page?


1:48 pm on Aug 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

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You should really add a robots file otherwise you will find your error logs get bunged down with 404 for it.

As far as google not spidering your site, have you got any external links to your content pages (as oppposed to just the home page)? I've found this can certainly help.


2:59 pm on Aug 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Is there any risk to turning off a web crawler [webcrawler.com] (wow, it's still online!) with adding a robots.txt? (like, might they not get a 404 and just assume they're not allowed?)

What do you put in a robots.txt that allows full site indexing?


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