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Don't forget your robots.txt!

Big oops.

Today I received an email out of the blue from Google, warning me that this site was not being indexed because I had forbidden them from doing so!

My robots.txt file was:

User-agent: *
Disallow: /

Which in English means "whoever you are, please do not index anything".

Of course this wasn't intentional. Way back, even before I started blogging here, there was a teaser screen shown that counted down the days to the launch of the Dozing Dogs ASP.NET CMS. And since it was pointless for the search engines to index this I set up the robots.txt above.

Of course that's all very clever, but I wish I had remembered to change it after the launch. That's three months of lost Google Juice.

Posted: Monday, February 28, 2005 9:17 PM by James
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