Software to help you create a robots.txt file
Robogen is a software for Windows 95, Windows 98 and Windows NT based computers which can help you create robots.txt files without having to worry about the correct syntax of a robots.txt file. It comes in two editions: the free Limited edition and the Standard edition which costs $12.95. You can get Robogen here.
In this article, I’ll tell how you can use Robogen to simplify the process of creating a robots.txt file. This article assumes that you have read my article on what a robots.txt file is and how you can manually create it.
I would recommend that you download the trial version of the Standard Edition. The Limited edition does not support as many search engines as the Standard Edition.
Once you have downloaded Robogen and installed it in your hard drive, start the program. Here are the steps that you should follow to create a robots.txt file:
Step 1: Click on the Logon FTP Server button. In the dialog box that appears, type in the address of the FTP server for your web site, make sure that the “This server requires me to log in” option is checked, and then type in the username and the password which you use to access the server in the appropriate boxes.
Now, depending on how your web host has set up the server, the files for your web site may be present in the root directory of the server itself. Or, it may be present in a sub-directory of the root directory. In the latter case, click on the “Use specified root” option and type the relevant sub-directory in the text box besides the option. If you don’t know in which sub-directory the files for your web site are present, ask your web host to give it to you.
Done? Now click on OK. After a while, Robogen will display the directories and files which are present in your site in the right pane of the main Robogen program window. If you find that Robogen has not displayed the files in your site, it means that you did not enter the correct sub-directory in which the files of your web site are present. In this case, ask you web host to give the correct sub-directory to you.
Step 2: In the left pane of the main Robogen window, click on the small button present to the right of the drop-down combo box at the top. In the menu that appears, select “Popular Search Engines”.
Step 3: Now, click on the drop-down combo box and choose the search engine that you are targeting (say, AltaVista). In the right pane, select a page which is NOT meant for AltaVista. Now click on the “<<<" button. You will find that the file which you had selected in the right pane is now present in the left pane. In this way, click on each of the pages which are not meant for AltaVista and press the "<<<" button. Repeat step 3 for each of the search engines that you are targeting. Just select the search engine that you are targeting from the drop-down combo box, select the pages which are not meant for the search engine one by one from the right pane, and click on the "<<<" button after clicking on each age. Repeat this process for all the search engines that you are targeting. Step 4: Upload the file to your server using the “Upload Robots.Txt” button. If you want, you can also use the Save menu item from the File menu to save a copy of the robots.txt file in your hard drive.
Article by Sumantra Roy. Sumantra is one of the most respected and recognized search engine positioning specialists on the Internet. For more articles on search engine placement, subscribe to his 1st Search Ranking Newsletter by sending a blank email to 1stSearchRanking.firstname.lastname@example.org or by going to http://www.1stSearchRanking.net