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This article is regarding Robots.txt Fetch Error.
Last updated on: 18th November 2016.
◕ What is robots.txt fetch error?
- Before crawling our Website, any Search Engine tries to access our robots.txt file from our Website's root directory to determine if we are blocking the Search Engine to crawl any page or any URL of our site.
When the Search Engines try to access the robots.txt file, they get 200 or 404 HTTP Status Code. If it happens then they proceed further, otherwise they left crawling our Website. Because the Search Engines do not want to take a risk to crawl our web-pages which we don't want to be crawl.
- For an example, let there is a robots.txt file in my root directory. But the Search Engine is not getting the 200 or 404 HTTP status code while accessing my robots.txt file. Then they will left my website without crawling. This is called robots.txt fetch error.
◕ How we can solve robots.txt fetch error?
We can solve this problem easily.
Let, we want Search Engines to index everything of our website. In that case we don't need a robots.txt file. We can delete it completely. In such a case our server will return the 404 HTTP Status Code to the Search Engine. And as a result the the Search Engine will continue crawling to our website.
We should remember that we need a robots.txt file only when we want to block Search Engines to crawl some of our webpage content.
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