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Reply to topic   Topic: blocking Applebot
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Doug22



Joined: 02 Jun 2013
Posts: 50
Location: Houston TX

PostPosted: Thu 12 Jan '23 5:13    Post subject: blocking Applebot Reply with quote

So I'm trying to block web bots, and my robots.txt file seems to be doing a pretty good job of that EXCEPT for Applebot. I've put

Code:
User-agent: Applebot
Disallow: /


in my robots.txt file,but Applebot seems to be grabbing my stuff anyway. In fact, when I search my archive for robots.txt, Applebot never seems to be accessing it. Googlebot and Yandex at least do so regularly.

What's going on? Does Applebot check on robots.text once a week,or once a month,or what?
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James Blond
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Joined: 19 Jan 2006
Posts: 7169
Location: Germany, Next to Hamburg

PostPosted: Thu 12 Jan '23 13:40    Post subject: Reply with quote

If it doesn't you can block it by the user agent

Code:

RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT}  ^.*Applebot.*$
RewriteRule . - [R=403,L]
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Doug22



Joined: 02 Jun 2013
Posts: 50
Location: Houston TX

PostPosted: Thu 12 Jan '23 15:24    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, thank you. I understand that is a straightforward possibility. But Apple formally says that its AppleBot obeys robots.txt. Not seeing it.
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James Blond
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Joined: 19 Jan 2006
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Location: Germany, Next to Hamburg

PostPosted: Thu 12 Jan '23 17:09    Post subject: Reply with quote

Doug22 wrote:
But Apple formally says that its AppleBot obeys robots.txt. Not seeing it.


So what is your question now?
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Doug22



Joined: 02 Jun 2013
Posts: 50
Location: Houston TX

PostPosted: Thu 12 Jan '23 19:56    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just pointing out that Apple says that AppleBot pays attention to robots.txt, but it really doesn't. I was originally asking if anyone knew something I didn't know about why that seems to be.
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