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What are Robot Text Files and Sitemaps?

A robots.txt file restricts and assists access to your site by search engine robots that crawl the web. These bots are automated, and before they access pages of a site, they check to see if a robots.txt file exists that prevents them from accessing certain pages. (All respectable robots will respect the directives in a robots.txt file, although some may interpret them differently. However, a robots.txt is not enforceable, and some spammers and other troublemakers may ignore it.

Sitemaps are very tricky.  They are just as the name says...a MAP of your site.  However they must be in a certain format.

ZingaWEB now offers FREE creation of your new website's Sitemap.  Search the knowledgebase for "Get Listed in Google" for instructions.

Here is an example of a sitemap:

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<urlset xmlns="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9"
        xmlns:codesearch="http://www.google.com/codesearch/schemas/sitemap/1.0">
<url>
   <loc>http://mysite.org/download/myfile.c</loc>
   <codesearch:codesearch>
       <codesearch:filetype>C</codesearch:filetype>
       <codesearch:license>LGPL</codesearch:license>
   </codesearch:codesearch>
</url>

<url>
   <loc>http://mysite.org/download/myproject.tgz</loc>
   <codesearch:codesearch>
       <codesearch:filetype>archive</codesearch:filetype>
       <codesearch:license>Apache</codesearch:license>
       <codesearch:packagemap>packagemap.xml</codesearch:packagemap>
   </codesearch:codesearch>
</url>
</urlset>



 



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