One of the things I always forgot to add to my web applications is the Robots.txt file that Search Engines use to see what they should index. This file and sitemaps help make your site easier to navigate by the bots and allow them to understand what's legal and what you'd rather not have the revealed in their engines. I usually add any administrative pages or account pages even though they're protected by security, no need for the login page to be index if they sniff the link.

So how do you add Robots.txt to your MVC application? Glad you asked, here is a little code to get you started.

Sample Code

1.  Select the controller you would like to use for the robots.txt output.  I chose the HomeController in my application as I use it for most “top level” generic links like about us, contact us, index, etc.

2. Now, create a method called Robots to handle the request.
#region -- Robots() Method --
public ActionResult Robots()
    Response.ContentType = "text/plain";
    return View();

3. Add the Robots.cshtml view to your Controller’s View directory.  Here is the code I have in my view, yours will vary.
    Layout = null;
# robots.txt for @this.Request.Url.Host
User-agent: *
Disallow: /Administration/
Disallow: /Account/

4. Load up the class you are using to control your routes, if you are in an Area, this could your AreaRegistration class.  If you are at the top like I am and using the standard MVC template, this is probably the Global.asax.cs file.  Add your route to this file, mine looks like this.



                new { controller = "Home", action = "Robots" });

5. Compile and test.

If you've got an internet facing site, the chances are you will have a bot find you're request this page. you might as well give them the benefit of the doubt and allow them to understand where you want them to go. additionally you may save yourself some error log when this page is requested and no controller is found.

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