Robots.txt File Generator
Easily generate a robots.txt file and protect your site from unwanted bot traffic.
How to use it
- Fill out user agents, allow/disallow values, and URL paths
- Click “Add Rule” to add additional Robots.txt rules. The “Delete” button will remove the row.
- Click “Generate Robots.txt” when your done.
- Copy or download the generated code
- Paste the code into your website’s robots.txt file.
- Always test your Robots.txt file before deploying it. Use a tool like the Google Search Console Robots.txt Tester to verify that the file is working as expected.
- Be specific with your rules. Try to use specific paths or file extensions when using the Disallow directive, instead of using a wildcard that blocks all pages.
- Avoid listing sensitive or confidential URLs in the Robots.txt file. Even though the Robots.txt file can help to prevent search engines from indexing pages, it is not a foolproof method of preventing access to content.
- Include a reference to your XML sitemap in the Robots.txt file using the Sitemap directive. This will help search engines to crawl your site more efficiently.
- Be careful when using wildcards. While wildcards can be useful for blocking entire sections of your site, they can also be too broad and inadvertently block important content.
- Keep your Robots.txt file up to date. As you make changes to your site or add new pages, be sure to update your Robots.txt file accordingly.
- Check for syntax errors. A single mistake in the syntax of your Robots.txt file can cause it to fail, so be sure to double-check your work for accuracy.
- Use comments to provide context. If you need to explain why a certain rule is in place, you can add comments to the Robots.txt file using the “#” character.
- Don’t rely solely on the Robots.txt file for security. While the file can help to prevent search engines from indexing sensitive content, it is not a substitute for other security measures like password protection or HTTPS.
- Make sure to periodically test your Robots.txt file to ensure that it is still working as expected, especially after making significant changes to your site.