Tag Archives: seo

Less 404 errors by adding robots.txt to your site

Even if you don’t think you need it, it’s still good practice to provide a “robots.txt” file in the root directory of your site for search engine spiders to find. Not only will it remove the 404s from your error_log (happens every time a spider/bot looks for it and it doesn’t exist), but it also provides a quick and efficient way to block certain sections of your site from being indexed. This is by far a better method than adding rel=”nofollow” to your links or the following meta tag to the header of each page in question.

<meta name="robots" content="noindex, nofollow" />

The most basic robots.txt file would include the following. This tells the search engines to index everything it can find.

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Force “www” subdomain using .htaccess

Short and sweet.

<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
  RewriteEngine On
  RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^www\.
  RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.%{HTTP_HOST}/$1 [R=301,L]

And if you want to remove the “www” portion, just change the condition (RewriteCond) and rule (RewriteRule)…

You may ask “Why should I do this?” and the asnwers are simple. It promotes linking uniformity and ensures you don’t end up being negatively affected by having “duplicate content” across (sub)domains in search engine indexes.