Robots.txt is one of three important files for WordPress SEO. It is Robots Exclusion Protocol. We mainly use it for Search Bots, Crawlers and Spiders.
In Task # 24 of our three months absolutely free wordpress training under WordPress Spartans Mission 2019, we discussed the importance, creation and editing of robots dot txt file. It’s a normal text file. A while ago, developers decided to use this file to include or exclude bots. It is sort of protocol.
Search Engines usually follow this standard. But even if they are not allowed to crawl, they can index pages or files etc (As Yoast mentions in the Ultimate Robots.TXT file post on their official website.
We discussed step by step the following:
1) What is user-agent?
2) How to allow or disallow certain parts of a website.
3) How to include sitemaps in root directory (within robots file).
We also checked robots.txt file of certain websites just to have an idea. Facebook and Google have their own style of text files. As they are bigger groups and brands, they set the standard. Google also has humans.txt. It’s wonderful.
We also checked .txt of Yoast, WPbeginner (Syed Balkhi) just to learn and have an idea how they are dealing with it.
We also talked about WordPress Plugins to access this file directly from the Admin Dashboard. If we install WordPress SEO by Yoast Plugin, we can also configure robots dot text file.
Finally, we talked about our Task # 25. It will be about .htaccess (Very important task indeed). It will play key role in speed and optimization of WordPress Sites.
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