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Robots.txt to stop just one link being spidered?

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Last Modified: 2010-04-06
Hi,

Is there a way to wrap some kind of robots.txt code around just one link one page to stop it being spidered by Google et al, or some otherway of doing the same?
I had a client link on a site and it's a really good demo for my software, but he wanted it removed because it showed up in google as being on my site.

<a href="http://www.this-site-i-don't-want-spidered.co.uk">this-site</a><br>

thanks
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Michel PlungjanIT Expert
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Commented:
In "http://www.this-site-i-don't-want-spidered.co.uk/robots.txt you can have
User-agent: *
Disallow: /

and in the page that links to it you can have

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

or have this around the link

  <!-- robots content="nofollow" --><a href="http://www.this-site-i-don't-want-spidered.co.uk/"> Do not follow this</a><!-- /robots -->


Michel
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Commented:
Ahh, google also likes this:

<a href="..." rel="nofollow">Do not follow link</a>

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<!-- robots content="nofollow" --><a href="http://www.this-site-i-don't-want-spidered.co.uk/"> Do not follow this</a><!-- /robots -->

hi,

pardon my ignorance, but i thought <!--  something --> turned the code into a comment and effectively disabled it. does the term 'robots' have an exclusion on this?

<a href="..." rel="nofollow">Do not follow link</a> - looks nice and simple anyhow - thx i'll use that when i get home. but i'd like to understand the <!-- thing -> thing.

macuser
Michel PlungjanIT Expert
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Commented:
<!--#include file .... --> will mean something to a server side include enabled server

There are many html comments that are read by something

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Thank you for that. Good to know.

macuser
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