Shopify Now Allows Site Owners To Edit Their Robots.txt Files, Shopify CEO Tobi Lutke ad via Twitter on Friday. For Shopify sites, the robots.txt file can be edited through the robots.txt.liquid theme template.

Why we care

Robots.txt files tell search engines which pages of your site they can access. Although this is a basic feature, some SEOs and Shopify merchants have been years of waiting to receive this ability. “Robots.txt was our most requested SEO feature and we believe opening access to edit this file will allow store owners to control how their content is crawled,” said Jackson Lo, head of SEO, growth at Shopify, at Search Engine Land. Now Shopify store owners can edit their robots.txt files to prohibit crawling of certain URLs, add additional sitemap URLs, block crawlers, and more.

Learn more about Shopify SEO

Many businesses have turned to Shopify to set up their digital storefronts, especially as the pandemic has forced local businesses to find other ways to generate income. If you are thinking of building your ecommerce site with Shopify, please read our article “Shopify Tradeoffs: Things to Consider Before Selecting Your Next Ecommerce Platform, and if you’re already a Shopify site owner, check out the following resources:

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George Nguyen is an editor for Search Engine Land, covering organic search, podcasting, and e-commerce. His background is in journalism and content marketing. Before entering the industry, he worked as a radio personality, writer, podcast host and teacher in a public school.


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