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How to pevent search engines from finding my sites? Robots.txt not working!

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I have a number of websites on a development server that are showing up in Google searches.

I added robots.txt files (see code below)  to the web root of each site months ago...but the sites are still appearing in Google results.

Is there anyway I can hide these sites using Apache? Firewalls? etc?

FYI - All sites are in a folder path like this: /var/www/mysites/...

Any ideas?

# Robots.txt
User-agent: *
Disallow: /

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It could take several moths until the sites drop-out of a search engine's index.

> but the sites are still appearing in Google results.

and they're still spidered? Or does, e.g., googlebot request your robots.txt (lower-case r) but not any subsequent files?

You may also submit a removal request to speed things up: http://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/removals

ref: http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=61062&ctx=sibling
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by:bearclaws75
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We added the Robots.txt a few weeks after the pages were originally published so it is likely that pages have not been re-cached.

To be safe, I submitted a removal request using webmaster tools.

Thanks!
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