How to Optimize Robots.txt File in WordPress
All the webmaster are well aware of two most important codes in WordPress and SEO. One is Sitemap and other is Robot.txt. But Robot.txt is different and you must have knowledge that how to optimize Robot.txt file in WordPress so that you can index your pages which you want.
Before preceding to the optimization methods lets have an small overview of the Robot.txt file
Interesting Facts about Robot.txt file
In WP blogs Robot.txt file plays an important role in blocking the Google crawlers to index pages. This file has the main role in passing the value to your most competitive keyword which you want to rank.
With this code you can even stop the Google bots not to index your main page.
You can also set the time when to crawl your page in bing for Bing crawlers by using crawl-delay property.
Why Robot.txt code is Important
The main reasons are
- It provide you an alternative that how to handle the search engine crawlers for indexing the page.
- You can use Allow and Disallow property in this because search engine is looking to gather all the information related to your website to stop this you need Robot.txt file because sometimes Google bots can index your CSS files or J query so to handle that type of indexing this code is used.
Method for Optimizing Robot.txt file
The main methods for optimizing your Robot.txt file are illustrated below
- Use allow and disallow property properly. If you want to index then use Allow and if you don’t want index then use disallow.
- Do not use dates in URLs which you want to use
- Always end URL with backslash
- Do not use comments in Robot.txt file it comes under bad practices
- Do not make any spaces in ordinary file
- Do not change the format of the code which is fundamental
- Use capital and small letters properly if you don’t want to index the “Images” then use the folder name properly. It is case sensitive if you use image instead of Image then it will comes under bad practices.
As we all know this file is an ordinary notepad file but you have to need it properly otherwise it’ll create problems for you.
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