Is google webmasters any good?

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Re: Is google webmasters any good?

Post by thecoalman » Sat May 03, 2008 9:07 pm

robots.txt allows you tell spiders like googlebot and others what pages not to index. It will prevent the bot from loading unnecessary "garbage" pages which will preserve your server resources and keep the good content on your site from getting diluted. for example for phpbb3 you'll want to deny search.php, memberlist.php, faq.php....etc. These links and the content in them are hidden from the bots by default by phpbb3 but it will serve a page which will indexed so you're better off denying them through robots.txt

As mentioned you can use Webmastertools to test your robots.txt file or even create one. you can create your own in wordpad and just upload it. There's also a section that tells you what pages googlebot was denied from accessing. robots.txt only works with bots that respect it, rogue bots such as email harvesters will ignore it.

You can also use wildcards to match part of string in a url which works with some search engines, this is where webmastertools really becomes a good tool because you can check what pages are being denied to the bot to make sure you haven't inadvertently denied it from pages you want indexed.
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Re: Is google webmasters any good?

Post by avun » Wed May 14, 2008 6:48 pm

Yes Really. I ve obtained lot of results from that regarding my website.Its really useful...
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Re: Is google webmasters any good?

Post by paliton.com » Fri May 16, 2008 5:05 am

As for me, they help a lot especially when your into adsense services.

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Re: Is google webmasters any good?

Post by varul » Fri May 16, 2008 9:36 am

Yes Ofcourse, Google has fantastic webmaster tools. They would be very useful in SEO part.

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