WPBEGINNER» BLOG» BEGINNERS GUIDE» HOW TO STOP SEARCH ENGINES FROM CRAWLING A WORDPRESS SITE How to Stop Search Engines from Crawling a WordPress Site Last updated on November 28th, 2018 by Editorial Staff Recently, one of our users asked us how they can stop search engines from crawling and indexing their WordPress site? There are many scenarios when you would want to stop search engines from crawling your website or listing it in search results. In this article, we will show you how to stop search engines from crawling a WordPress site. Why and Who Would Want to Stop Search Engines For most websites, search engines are the biggest source of traffic. You may ask, why would anyone want to block search engines? When starting out, a lot of people don’t know how to create a local development environment or a staging site. If you’re developing your website live on a publicly accessible domain name, then you likely don’t want Google to index your under construction or maintenance mode page. There are also many people who use WordPress to create private blogs, and they don’t want those indexed in search results because they’re private. Also some people use WordPress for project management or intranet, and you wouldn’t want your internal documents being publicly accessible. In all the above situations, you probably don’t want search engines to index your website. A common misconception is that if I do not have links pointing to my domain, then search engines will probably never find my website. This is not completely true.
How to Stop Search Engines from Crawling your Website Date: June 18, 2019 3 Minutes, 26 Seconds to Read In order for your website to be found by other people, search engine crawlers, also sometimes referred to as bots or spiders, will crawl your website looking for updated text and links to update their search indexes. How to Control search engine crawlers with a robots.txt file Website owners can instruct search engines on how they should crawl a website, by using a robots.txt file. When a search engine crawls a website, it requests the robots.txt file first and then follows the rules within. It’s important to know robots.txt rules don’t have to be followed by bots, and they are a guideline. For instance, to set a Crawl-delay for Google this must be done in the Google Webmaster tools. For bad bots that abuse your site you should look at how to block bad users by User-agent in .htaccess. The robots.txt file needs to be at the root of your site. If your domain was example.com it should be found: /home/userna5/public_html/robots.txtCopy You can also create a new file and call it robots.txt as just a plain-text file if you don’t already have one. The most common rule you’d use in a robots.txt file is based on the User-agent of the search engine crawler. Search engine crawlers use a User-agent to identify themselves when crawling, here are some common examples: Top 3 US search engine User-agents: Common search engine User-agents blocked: Search engine crawler access via robots.txt file
All Collections Site Explorer Crawling How do I enable Ahrefs' bot to crawl my website and index its pages? How do I enable Ahrefs' bot to crawl my website and index its pages? Find out why the pages of your website are not crawled or indexed. There are various reasons why when checking your site with our Site Explorer tool you may unexpectedly see this: Now, let us analyse some of those reasons that might prevent AhrefsBot from crawling your site's pages and provide the possible solutions. Robots.txt rules disallow crawl The target website is blocking our bot from crawling. Please remove the two following lines from the robots.txt file on your server: Please, add the two following lines into the robots.txt file on your server: The target website is blocking our crawler from accessing it on server level. Please add our IPs to the server's whitelist. Our bot is currently being blocked and cannot reach your website. This could be due to multiple reasons like: the configuration of your webserver, the firewall managed by your hosting provider, the protection of your CDN etc. Some known examples include: ModSecurity, Sucuri, Cloudflare. There is nothing we can do to resolve this problem on our end; you will need to take action to get this fixed on yours. If you don't know how to fix the issue, please contact your webmaster, hosting company or CDN to have our bot unblocked. If their support chat is using a ticketing system, use "Tech Support" or the closest related category. Please feel free to use the following template:
Search WordPress.org for:Submit Add your own virtual black hole trap for bad bots. Bad bots are the worst. They do all sorts of nasty stuff and waste server resources. The Blackhole plugin helps to stop bad bots and save precious resources for legit visitors. First the plugin adds a hidden trigger link to the footer of your pages. You then add a line to your robots.txt file that forbids all bots from following the hidden link. Bots that then ignore or disobey your robots rules will crawl the link and fall into the trap. Once trapped, bad bots are denied further access to your WordPress site. I call it the “one-strike” rule: bots have one chance to obey your site’s robots.txt rule. Failure to comply results in immediate banishment. The best part is that the Blackhole only affects bad bots: human users never see the hidden link, and good bots obey the robots rules in the first place. Win-win! Using a caching plugin? Check out the Installation notes for important info. Works with other security plugins Easy to reset the list of bad bots Easy to delete any bot from the list Regularly updated and “future proof” Blackhole link includes “nofollow” attribute Plugin options configurable via settings screen Works silently behind the scenes to protect your site Whitelists all major search engines to never block Focused on flexibility, performance, and security Email alerts with WHOIS lookup for blocked bots Complete inline documentation via the Help tab Provides setting to whitelist any IP addresses
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Webmasters Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for pro webmasters. It only takes a minute to sign up. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top Why is AhrefsBot requesting a page that's been removed from my website? I was reviewing the logs of my website (WordPress), and I saw a line like this : So a bot called AhrefsBot was visiting myUrl. The problem is that I removed the page myUrl weeks ago. So why I am seeing this bot still requesting it? How did it find the URL myUrl, especially when I'm sure that there are no pages that link to it? And how do I avoid these kind of 404 pages? shareimprove this questionfollow 14.6k55 gold badges3535 silver badges4949 bronze badges My bet is it being option 1 of @Kris's answer. – zigojacko Jan 17 '14 at 9:55 There are a few possible reasons why a bot would try to visit a removed page: The bot followed a link to that page from another website. Bots frequently omit referrer so it is difficult to tell if this is the case. Given that the bot in question has "backlink checker" as part of its tagline, this seems a likely cause. The bot had visited the page while it existed and was recrawling based on its own database rather then fresh discovery. This is, again, common enough. When it encounters a 404 it should drop it from its database. There is actually still a link somewhere on your site and you just missed it. Bots behavior usually depends on factors that you can't see and thus will often not appear to you as entirely rational. There is no way of absolutely preventing them from triggering 404s.