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Robot.txt and posts

Posted: Thu Oct 16, 2008 1:01 pm
by Athlon101
Hi all

I have a quick question about blocking posts in robot.txt file. If I block posts in robot.txt does that mean that google does not pick up users signatures therefore they dont get back link by posting and adding their signature with link to their site?

Re: Robot.txt and posts

Posted: Thu Oct 16, 2008 1:17 pm
by Brf
You mean you want to block viewtopic.php?
Nothing would get indexed then, except the topic titles in viewforum.

Re: Robot.txt and posts

Posted: Thu Oct 16, 2008 8:03 pm
by Athlon101
The file blocked in robot text is posting.php

As long as this means google can still index topics and threads and user signatures are visible to google then that fine

Thanks

Re: Robot.txt and posts

Posted: Thu Oct 16, 2008 11:30 pm
by Brf
posting.php is used for making a post. It has nothing to do with viewing posts.

Re: Robot.txt and posts

Posted: Fri Oct 17, 2008 2:59 am
by Dog Cow
Athlon101 wrote: I have a quick question about blocking posts in robot.txt file. If I block posts in robot.txt does that mean that google does not pick up users signatures therefore they dont get back link by posting and adding their signature with link to their site?
The answer to your question is 'yes'.

Re: Robot.txt and posts

Posted: Fri Oct 17, 2008 12:19 pm
by Brf
As I already said, the answer is "No".
Blocking posting.php has nothing whatsoever to do with viewing a post and its signature.

Re: Robot.txt and posts

Posted: Fri Oct 17, 2008 3:33 pm
by Dog Cow
Brf wrote:As I already said, the answer is "No".
Blocking posting.php has nothing whatsoever to do with viewing a post and its signature.
No, because the original question was asking about blocking posts. So if you want to block posts, obviously you'd block viewtopic.php and then the answer is "yes".

Re: Robot.txt and posts

Posted: Sat Oct 18, 2008 12:19 pm
by Brf
No it wasnt.
I asked:
Brf wrote:You mean you want to block viewtopic.php?
and he answered:
Athlon101 wrote:The file blocked in robot text is posting.php
Therefore, he is asking if blocking posting.php via the robots.txt will block spiders from seeing links in signature. The asnswer is "No". Robots do not use posting.php to see posts.