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Can I add specific urls to robots.txt to stop google indexing them?

Discussion in 'Google' started by David Lowe, Jun 25, 2013.

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    I have a website that lists hundreds of events (football matches, car boot sales, tribute nights etc). When the events expire is there a way using the robots.txt that they can automatically be hidden from search engines?
    David Lowe, Jun 25, 2013 IP
  2. purpleorange

    purpleorange Member

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    Yes, you can add specific URLs, However if Google/S.E can find it through a different path it will index it.

    For example, you are hiding xyz.com/post1.html

    However in the robots.txt you do not hide the category "Fashion" under which the post is made. In this case the page xyz.com/fashion/ will be indexed or found. This means that the content in the URL that you wanted to be hidden will be found despite being explicitly mentioned in Robots.txt.

    There are a few more things that can get your URL found by google/SE.
    1.Categories as i said
    2.Tags
    3.Archives
    4.Page Number
    5.Author posts / Profile link

    So, it is good to think before you try to hide URLs. Finally not all Bots obey Robots.txt
    purpleorange, Jun 25, 2013 IP