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  1. When's an Outage More than Just an Outage?

    Make sure they don't use a module such as "mod throttle" to keep spiders from overwhelming the servers. During times of either configuration problems or simply an outage, a search engine may see one of the following: DNS is unavailable, Network is...

  2. Giving Links Away

    In the first line you specify what spiders you want to block from spidering your content. If you want the instructions to apply to all spiders, you can use an asterisk on the first line: User-agent: * You can also identify specific spiders to allow...

  3. Highlights from the SEW Blog: March 24-28, 2008

    New Google Webmaster Tool Aids Robots.txt CreationFor the coding-challenged, creating a robots.txt file for instructing search engine spiders on the preferred way to crawl your site has not always been easy.

  4. Search Headlines & Links: March 28, 2008

    New Google Webmaster Tool Aids Robots.txt CreationFor the coding-challenged, creating a robots.txt file for instructing search engine spiders on the preferred way to crawl your site has not always been easy.

  5. Google on Global Search Standards: Thanks, But No Thanks

    Placing a robots.txt file onto sites prevents Google's spiders from indexing them and displaying sites in search results. Google has politely turned down a cordial invitation to support technology that would control how the search engine lists...

  6. News Sites Look For More Control Over Search Listings

    Robots.txt files were first developed in 1994 and have been the standard method webmasters use to block spiders (the crawlers search engines use to go through websites' content). Yahoo Inc.and other top search companies voluntarily respect a Web...

  7. Copyright Law: What Search Marketers Should Know (Part 1)

    Even when the offending material is removed, it still shows up in the search engine's database until it re-spiders the infringing site and updates its search index. Even to file one of these, the only cost is your own time in preparing it or hiring...