Thread: Block all bots except Google?
10-08-2017, 02:55 PM #1
Block all bots except Google?
I see a list of bots crawling my website but I am looking for the best way to block all bots/crawlers except Google. If yes then how can I do that?
10-08-2017, 05:50 PM #2
I wouldn't worry much about it unless there is a bot eating up a ton of bandwidth, but you can do it with the .htaccess file. That is the best way to do it.
I'm sure someone is going to say you can do it with your robots.txt file, but that is incorrect. Bots can ignore the robots.txt file, but cannot ignore .htaccess.
10-08-2017, 08:25 PM #3
10-09-2017, 12:05 AM #4
See, what did I tell you? I knew someone would say that.
No, you cannot reliably block them with robots.txt. Bots can ignore robots.txt files.
10-09-2017, 02:03 AM #5
BIG MISTAKE! The more search engines that crawl your site the more search results your site will appear in. People still use search engines besides google. While ranking high in google is certainly a worthy goal, don't ignore or completely take yourself out of Yahoo search, BING and others!
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11-13-2017, 01:23 PM #6
I know im late to the party here i had a issue with backlink bots a while back. I was hell bent on blocking them. First off what seo pub says is right. Rbt text means nothing to bot if they dont want to listen to it. Secondly regarding ht access , bot don NEED to follow a proper name, while you may block say XBot with ht access via lets say its user agent string , it can also call itself google bot if it wants to idetify like that , bypassing your ht access.
Now to come back to your situation. I made a white list eventually blocked everything exept the major bots eg googlebot from my website. Then i realised my ranking was going to heck and i was losing a ton of traffic. Why? well because i blocked them there are just too many sources that provide traffic that you dont even know about.... i also later read .. and may seo pub can elaborate on this but google bot and other search engines have say mobile bot ( i forgot the name of googles one) secondly major browsers like google from time to time will crawl your site under a different user agent string ( this is to see what you are up to behind your ht access ). Thirdly google checks bing and vice cersa from time to time to see what you crawling looks like there.
The benefits of such a wide range of blocking imo cannot out weight the cons of what you are facing right now. Perhaps this will help somebody wit the same issue.
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