Google: Keep Your Robots.txt Simple ~ SEO Tips and Tricks

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Friday, 29 March 2013

Google: Keep Your Robots.txt Simple

Google Webmaster Help thread has Google's John Mueller responding to some complex robots.txt questions.
In that, he strongly recommends that when you do set up a robots.txt file, make sure you keep it very simple. John said: 
When possible, I'd really recommend keeping the robots.txt file as simple as possible, so that you don't have trouble with maintenance and that it's really only disallowing resources that are problematic when crawled (or when its content is indexed).
Heck, John even has recommended you remove the robots.txt file completely if it is not needed but always make sure to keep it under 500KB if you do have to go more complex.
To see the context this is in, see the Google Webmaster Help thread.
Personally, I am all for not using robots.txt files when possible.


The location of robots.txt is very important. It must be in the main directory because otherwise user agents will not be able to find it, they do not search the whole site for a file named robots.txt.

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