Robots File: Disallow URLs and Sitemaps Autodiscovery
Easily create create robots.txt files that contain disallow instructions and references to generated XML sitemaps for autodiscovery.
If you intend to manually create and/or edit robots.txt
files, you can see a complete example here with disallow
and XML Sitemaps Autodiscovery
See below for more information.
If you want our sitemap builder to create your robots.txt
you will need to read the help about configuring
It is only standard path filters
that are added to robots.txt
file, i.e. filters starting with a single :
From sitemap generator tool tip:
Text string matches: "mypics". Path relative to root: ":mypics/", subpaths only: ":mypics/*", regex search: "::mypics[0-9]*/"
In 2007 it became possible to indirectly submit XML sitemaps
to search engines by listing listing them in robots.txt
This concept is called XML sitemaps autodiscovery, and it is part of the XML sitemaps protocol.
To add XML sitemaps autodiscovery to a robots.txt
add the fully qualified XML sitemap file path like this: Sitemap: http://www.example.com/sitemap.xml
Below, we have listed some complete examples using XML sitemaps autodiscovery in robots.txt
If you created multiple XML sitemap files covering different parts of your website:
Or refer to the
XML sitemap index file
instead that links
all XML sitemap files:
Some URLs for more information about robots text file:
Sitemap generator can create robots.txt
Generated robots.txt files are ready to be uploaded and used by search engines.
In the beginning, and for a long time after that, it was not possible to submit sitemaps for websites unless
the sitemaps were hosted and located on the same domain as the websites.
However, now some search engines include support for another way of managing sitemaps across multiple sites and domains.
The requirement is that you need to verify ownership of all websites in Google Search Console
or similar depending on the search engine.
To learn more see:
- Sitemaps protocol: Cross sitemaps submit and manage using robots.txt.
- Google: More website verification methods than sitemaps protocol defines.