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How do I set up a robots.txt on a subdomain for Google, Bing, Yahoo? I set up the subdomain outside the htdocs folder. I'm on a Linux server. So where htdocs is set at:
/htdocs

I set the subdomain at:
/subdomain-test

Do I simply place the robots.txt at:
/subdomain-test

Thanks,
Vkimura
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by:PortableTech
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You are correct, just place the robots.txt in the root folder of the subdomain and you are all set.  
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by:Victor Kimura
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Hi, thanks.

So do I use this code:

User-agent: *
Disallow: /


or this one:

User-agent: *
Disallow: /subdomain-test
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by:PortableTech
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Well, if it is a subdomain such as

http://subdomain.testdomain.com

then you would use

User-agent: *
Disallow: /

Otherwise, if it is actually a path name in the URL, you would want to specify as such.
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by:Victor Kimura
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So could we use a path name like?

User-agent: *
Disallow: http://subdomain.testdomain.com/testpage.html

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My apologies for the lack of response, this one slid under my radar for some reason.  What I meant in regards to a subdomain path was something like

http://subdomain.testdomain.com/test123

would need to be

User-agent: *
Disallow: /test123

If you only wanted that specific folder.  As far as the robots.txt is concerned, an indenepdant subdomain is the root start location so you would specify the path relative to the start of the subdomain.

Let me know if that does not make sense.


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by:Victor Kimura
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Thanks, PortableTech. Yes, that makes sense. =)
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