[ic] HELP - Inktomisearch stuck on ord/basket.html page
jamie at versado.net
Mon Oct 25 19:48:29 EDT 2004
Jamie Neil wrote:
> Andrew Rich wrote:
>> I initially stopped it by adding an entry to robots.txt for
>> /cgi-bin/cartname/ord/basket.html and this pushed it off the page.
>> I then thought orders were reduced and removed the entry from
>> robots.txt. Inktomisearch came back and became stuck on the page again.
> I don't see any reason why adding pages (or directories) to your
> robots.txt file would affect orders - this is the preferred way of
> limiting spider activity on your site.
> Use something like:
> User-agent: *
> Disallow: /cgi-bin/cartname/ord/
> Disallow: /cgi-bin/cartname/scan/
> Disallow: /images/
> Disallow: /cgi-bin/cartname/login.html
> As well as "ord" we also ban robots from our images directory (to stop
> our graphics turning up in image searches), and "scan" to stop them
> indexing "more" links.
I should add that banning robots from "scan" will prevent them indexing
_any_ category/search links on a stock foundation system, which is
obviously undesirable. We use action maps to do most of our links, e.g.:
and so this is not a problem for us.
We also feed spiders slightly different search results to normal users:
normal users get 10 results per page while spiders get one page with all
the results on it. This allows the search engines to index all the
products in a category without having to follow any "more" links.
Jamie Neil | <jamie at versado.net> | 0870 7777 454
Versado I.T. Services Ltd. | http://versado.net/ | 0845 450 1254
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