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Bots: How to block bots that don’t Respect your robots.txt file


In this article, we will show you how to block bots that don’t respect your robots.txt file.

For this article, you will need the PHP script mentioned in our other article here.

Once you have the block.php file in place, edit or create a robots.txt file in the public_html directory.

Enter the following…

Disallow: block.php
Disallow: /block.php

Now we need to set the trap. Enter the following code at the top of your website (just after the body tag)…

<a title="" href=""><img alt="" src="pixel.gif" width="1" height="1" /></a>

Make sure you replace with your actual domain.

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  • Hi, I understand adding this disallow option to the robots.txt, but wouldn’t everyone be blocked by adding this title at the top of a website?

    • Hi Russ,

      It looks that way, but no. This code actually does nothing on the site – it is designed to hang the link out there, something that crawler bots will be unable to avoid or resist.

  • Gotcha. Thanks for the info!

  • Nice Script :) Thanks

  • wordpress uses php, where is the body tag found?

    • Hello Stephen,

      There is no body tag in that case. But you can create a flat html file with this, and upload it to public_html, and have the same results.

      • If I’m adding this into Magento, which html file do I amend? When you say put a flat html file into the public_html, I know where it goes, but what does that html file look like? Does it include only the above code?

        • Also, the .htaccess file is invisible. Even when I upload something named different, and try to change its name to .htaccess, the server tells me I’m replacing a file that is already there, even though I can’t see it.

          • Hello Monat,

            The preceding . in the filename indicates that this is a hidden file. You will need to specifically allow your FTP client to show hidden files (found in the settings, though the specific location varies) to see it.

        • Yes, this would include only this code.

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