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#1 copywriter

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Posted 20 February 2009 - 05:39 PM

Is there a way to prevent PDF files from being indexed? For instance, in some articles I've written I've referenced PDF before and after files to show previous versions and current versions of copy. Those files are currently in Google. Is there a way to block them and future PDFs from getting indexed?



#2 Jill

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Posted 20 February 2009 - 05:45 PM

Yes. You can block them just like any other page via your robots.txt file.

I would suggest putting all pdfs in one directory and exluding the entire directory.

#3 copywriter

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Posted 20 February 2009 - 05:49 PM

Where do I put a robots.txt file in a PDF?

I can't do that for the current ones or all the articles that affiliates and others use currently will have broken links, but I will put all future ones in the same directory. Good idea!

#4 Jill

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Posted 20 February 2009 - 05:52 PM

A robots.txt file is just a text file you upload to your server. Your developer should know what it is. See our robtots.txt forum here or robotstxt.org for more info.

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 11:21 AM

I had a followup question related to this (actually I just edited our robots.txt last night to stop PDF file indexing as a matter of fact); once the process has begun to stop indexing of a certain filetype i.e. PDF, what's the next step? In other words, is it a good idea to perform redirection of all PDF document links from SERPS to the index page? Or should we just wait until those files are no longer relevant in search results?

BTW, this is my first post here, wonderful site and forum!

#6 Randy

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 11:34 AM

It's best to simply wait for those files to get dropped from the index.

#7 Michael Martinez

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 12:07 PM

You may be able to speed up the process with Google by renaming the files and then submitting a request to have the missing URL blocked from the index.




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