Shopify has released a new feature to enable stores to edit their robots.txt file, enabling greater control for a Shopify store's SEO.
All Shopify stores include a default robots.txt file that is optimal for Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and Shopify notes that this works for most stores, but you can now edit the file as described in the steps below to:
The robots.txt file is located at the root directory of your Shopify store's primary domain name (this is also the case for the majority of websites). For example johns-apparel.com/robots.txt.
Following the steps described below to edit this file, you will find the following default code used by Shopify to generate the robots.txt file. This incorporates Shopify's default rules and by leaving this code in place, you will ensure that if Shopify updates their own rules - they will automatically apply to your robots.txt file.
It is important to note that while Shopify provides the ability to edit this file, Shopify Support can’t help you with edits to this file. Incorrect use of this file could result in loss of traffic or your store no longer being indexed by search engines.
If you are unsure, Shopify Partners like us can help you to edit this code.
The following steps create a robots.txt.liquid file (rather than a robots.txt file that sites might traditionally use).
It is also important to note that if your Shopify store theme is currently being version-controlled and deployed using Shopify’s ThemeKit, command line changes or GitHub, then you should create/make the changes to your robots.txt.liquid file through these processes.
To find out more, read Shopify’s Editing robots.txt.liquid help article.
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