Google: Keep The Default CMS Robots.txt Setting

Dec 28, 2016 • 7:49 am | comments (7) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization
 

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Google's John Mueller said in a Google Webmaster Help thread that it makes most sense to keep the default setting found within your content management system for your robots.txt access control.

This answer comes in response to someone asking if they should block or allow access to the admin portion of their WordPress site.

John said, that generally, you want to keep the default setting. This is now espesially true for WordPress sites, they are pretty search engine friendly out of the box.

John wrote:

For the most part, unless you're aware of something specific that you need to change, I'd recommend leaving the robots.txt file to the default that your website's content management system has. If you're curious about how the robots.txt file works, you might want to take a look at https://developers.google.com/webmasters/control-crawl-index/docs/robots_txt too.

So use Search Console and if you see issues, then tweak it but otherwise, keep it how it is.

Forum discussion at Google Webmaster Help.

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