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Am I correct in assuming that google needs robot.txt to crawl my entire site?
Any advice on what to do to have my entire site crawled?
Thank you very much.
To the best of my knowledge, no robots.txt is needed to be spidered by Google or any other engine.
However, as a relative newcomer, I had the same vague fears you express.
What I did was to set up a shortest possible robots.txt that would not exclude anything much.
In effect, my robots instructed all engines to stay out of my cgi.bin directory,
one I never mess with in the first place.
It read something like this (and don't quote me):
The actual code is better, I'm too full of beer to look it up now.
Check elsewhere [burp!] and give it a try, maybe you will feel better.
Then you can take a fresh look for the REAL reasons the engines don't crawl your site more.
The correct format of the robots.txt file is
you dont need to have the file and it will make no difference to googlebot not spidering all of your site but when requested it will stop any 404 errors appearing in your sites log file
for more information see the link below
Hope this helps
I don't know if it's just a coincidence, many times googlebot visited my site, crawled some pages, then as I said, after going to /robots.txt (which I don't have) it leaves my site. Which made me think it has something to do with it.
Please confirm again if I am really wrong.
If I don't respond again, its because I collapsed under the desk.
My experience is that spidering and listings (as in SERPs) can differ by months.
MSN was spidering my site from top to bottom for months.
Then! at long last it was listed with good high placement.
Beyond the usual tutnums about quality content (highly valid of course!)
I would suggest taking existing pages and improving them.
Take them one at a time, and change something. Always think of the reader.
Would this or that wording be better?
Change one page a day, always improving what your potential visitors see.
If all else fails, you could spam a few guestbooks.
they almost never use "nofollow" gimmicks.
Try to say something nice about the cornbread recipe or whatever. - Larry
Bit off topic for this forum but I will post it anyway
What you do need are links in to your site, the more links the better on the same theme as your site as well as good internal navigation within your pages making good use of anchor text.
Don't call your pages page1 page2 etc use a name associated with what the page is about with a good page title and description taken from the body text, while you are doing this add keywords, these not used by google at this present time but other search engines do use them
Thats it in a nut shell, its up to you to do a lot of hard work getting your pages just right
read up on Brett's 26 steps to 15k a Day site and then read it again and again
did I say read it again and again (you get the message)
This gives you the basics to building a better site, its up to you then what heights you want to take it with the amount of work you put into it, the harder you work the more rewards you should see, even if the rewards are just more visitors to your site.
Show your pages to your wife, girlfriend, sister, some female.
Women are half your potential audience, never forget that.
If your color scheme sucks, they will warn you.
The same goes for poorly worded stuff.
Listen to them and fix your site.
You can go golfing with the toilet seat up and/or down later. - Larry