Adding a robots txt file to your WordPress website can be a very effective way to boost your website’s visibility to search engine bots. The process is not difficult, but it depends on what you’re trying to achieve. Whether you’re trying to rank high in search engine results or just want your website to be more visible in general, this file is essential.
Allow and Disallow rules
WordPress has two sets of rules for robots that crawl through your content: Allow and Disallow. The Allow rule allows bots to visit the directory you specified, while the Disallow rule prevents bots from accessing certain directories. These two rules are applied sequentially and are sorted by URL prefix. For example, if you set an Allow rule for /wp-content/, the bot will not be able to access that directory. Similarly, disallow rules will prevent all other user agents from crawling your site.
While the Disallow command is generally used to block bots from reaching certain areas of a website, the Allow command is usually used for niche situations where you don’t want search engines to crawl your site. The default setting for WordPress sites is the disallow command. However, you can change the command’s default value to allow bots to access certain folders and pages.
Unlike the disallow directive, the allow directive refers to a page or directory within the root domain, overriding the disallow rule. In addition, the sitemap directive specifies the location of the sitemap file. It must be a fully qualified URL. The number of sites to include in the sitemap can be zero or more.
FileZilla warning window
If you want to upload a robots txt file in WordPress, you can use FileZilla. You will have to know the root directory of your site. Usually this is public_html or www. It can also be the name of your site. After you’ve found the correct directory, you can edit the file with FileZilla. Make sure to save your changes before proceeding further.
To fix this, open FileZilla settings and click on “Filetype associations.” It will display a list of filetype associations and ask you to select one. If you see an incorrect one, you can change it to another one or delete it altogether. You can also change the name of your FileZilla app in your settings to make sure that it matches the right filetype association.
WordPress website visibility for search engine bots
One of the most effective tools for increasing website visibility for search engine bots is the WordPress robots txt file. This file is relatively easy to create, but how you go about it depends on the content and purpose of your website. For example, if you’re trying to optimize your website for SEO, you may want to protect the content of individual pages from the search engines.
The crawl budget of search engine bots is different for each website, and each bot will only crawl a specific number of pages during a session. Therefore, disabling crawling of unnecessary pages will help save crawl budgets and increase website indexing speed.