Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Stop search engine from crawling web site

SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is to promote web site being indexed by search engines (Google, Yahoo, Bing, Baidu etc), however, sometimes webmaster wants to prevent search engines from indexing his web site for various reasons (security, privacy, policy etc), he usually can do 3 things
  1. Create robots.txt and put to web site root folder
  2. Use password to protect sensitive content
  3. Add X-Robots-Tag in Http headers
Page by page control can also use meta tags
  1. <meta name="robots" content="nofollow" />
  2. <meta name="robots" content="noindex" />
This web page has detailed explanation

Here is one example of robots.txt to disallow search engines to crawl your website (some bad bots may skip this robots.txt)
#Disallow search engines to index your website
#Please put it to the root directory of your website
User-agent: *

Sunday, January 1, 2012

2012 Free Entrance to National Parks

Mark your calendar for these fee-free dates in 2012:
  • January 14-16
    Martin Luther King Jr. weekend
  • April 21-29
    National Park Week
  • June 9
    Get Outdoors Day
  • September 29
    National Public Lands Day
  • November 10-12
    Veterans Day weekend
Cabrillo National Monument
Death Valley National Park
Joshua Tree National Park
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Lava Beds National Monument
Muir Woods National Monument
Pinnacles National Monument
Sequoia National Park
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
Yosemite National Park