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Can someone tell me what is wrong with my robots.txt file?

Discussion in 'robots.txt' started by Boxwell, Nov 24, 2016.

  1. #1
    Hello,

    I have a robots.txt file that has the following content:
    SEMrush
    User-Agent: *
    Disallow:
    Disallow: /developmentsite/
    Code (markup):
    I'm looking to stop the indexing of the development section of my site (anything that falls after /developmentsite/. The robots.txt is placed in the root of the site. When I check it using http://tools.seobook.com/robots-txt/analyzer/ it says that robots are allowed to index this area.
    I'm very confused and would appreciate any help you can give me.

    Best wishes,

    Graeme
     
    Boxwell, Nov 24, 2016 IP
    SEMrush
  2. Zoti Media Group

    Zoti Media Group Notable Member

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    #2
    Remove the first Disallow:
    The empty one.
     
    Zoti Media Group, Nov 24, 2016 IP
  3. GameO.Over

    GameO.Over Active Member

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    Are you sure it says that?

    I just tested it:

    Url: http://www.test.com/developmentsite/
    Robots disallowed: All robots
    Code (markup):
    Thats a very, very poor URL for your development site.. It is completely up to the crawler whether it honours your robots.txt rules. May not be a problem with Google but it could become indexed elsewhere. Your development site should ideally be offline, if thats not possible why not create a sub domain? dev.yoursite.com. If it must be online make sure it is password protected with .htaccess rules so that it can't be accessed at all via the outside world.
     
    GameO.Over, Nov 24, 2016 IP