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google bot hammering bandwidth

  • Posted June 5, 2013

I host files on my website with my VPS… Have about 11gb worth of files hosted right now and only getting bigger… I’m getting hammered on the bandwidth by a Google bot… The Google bot downloads EVERY file on the server a couple times a week at least… Ive verified it is a google bot by ip in logs…Is there a way to calm this Google bot down?

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Here’s a resource that will help you: http://www.robotstxt.org/ <br>

That first option that completely bans google, do you know what affect that might have on my website showing up on google search results? And is there a way to allow google but tell it to only crawl index.php or something?

You can rate limit the google bot in the robots.txt as well. <br> <br>User-Agent: Googlebot <br>Crawl-delay: 10 <br> <br>will stop googlebot from crawling any quicker than every 10 seconds.

There are couple of ways to do it. <br> <br>1. Create a Robots.txt file with following to completely ban google (You can remove it and Google can come again) <br> <br>User-Agent: Googlebot <br>Disallow: / <br> <br>2. Create a Google Webmaster account. (You can limit the google bot) <br> <br>My recommendation is the first one.