Google: URL Parameters Tool Is Not A Replacement For Robots.txt

Jun 1, 2020 - 7:51 am 2 by

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Google's John Mueller said on Twitter that using the URL parameter tool is no replacement for using a robots.txt file for blocking content. John was asked "how reliable is it" when setting "crawl no urls" of a certain type of URL pattern. John said "it's not a replacement for the robots.txt -- if you need to be sure that something's not crawled, then block it properly."

Here are those sets of tweets:

I should note that last year John said do not use the robots.txt to block indexing of URLs with parameters. So keep that in mind as well.

Forum discussion at Twitter.

 

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