Robotstxt

Google Cancels Support for Robots.txt Noindex

Google officially announced that GoogleBot will no longer obey a Robots.txt directive related to indexing. Publishers relying on the robots.txt noindex directive have until September 1, 2019 to remove it and begin using an alternative. Robots.txt Noindex Unofficial The reason the noindex robots.txt directive won’t be supported is because it’s not an official directive. Google …

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Google notifying webmasters to remove noindex from robots.txt files

As part of Google fully removing support for the noindex directive in robots.txt files, Google is now sending notifications to those that have such directives. This morning, many within the SEO community started getting notifications from Google Search Console with the subject line “Remove “noindex” statements from the robots.txt of…” What it looks like. There …

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Google is retiring ‘noindex’ and other unsupported robots.txt code

In a new post on their official Webmaster’s Blog, Google announced that it would be officially retiring unsupported lines of code in the robots.txt file that websites use to instruct how the search algorithm should crawl and index their site. It comes after a previous blog post announcing that their production robots.txt parse is going …

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Google Robots.txt Changes, Leasing Subdomains For SEO, Search Console Updates & Google Maps

This week, Google made big news by announcing they are working on making the Robots Exclusion Protocol a real standard. With that they announced they will no longer support unsupported features including the noindex directive in the robots.txt file. Bing said they never supported it in the first place. Google also listed out the changes …

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Google to Stop Supporting Robots.txt Noindex: What That Means for You

Effective September 1, 2019, Google will no longer support the robots.txt directive related to indexing. This means that Google will start to index your webpage(s) if you’ve only relied on the robots.txt noindex directive to remove those pages from the SERPs. You have until the first of September to remove it and use another method. …

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A note on unsupported rules in robots.txt

Yesterday we announced that we’re open-sourcing Google’s production robots.txt parser. It was an exciting moment that paves the road for potential Search open sourcing projects in the future! Feedback is helpful, and we’re eagerly collecting questions from developers and webmasters alike. One question stood out, which we’ll address in this post: Why isn’t a code …

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