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Robots Exclusion Checker

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Live URL checks against robots.txt, meta robots, x-robots-tag & canonical tags. Simple Red, Amber & Green status. An SEO Extension.

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Description from store Robots Exclusion Checker is designed to visually indicate whether any robots exclusions are preventing your page from being crawled or indexed by Search Engines. ## The extension reports on 5 elements: 1. Robots.txt 2. Meta Robots tag 3. X-robots-tag 4. Rel=Canonical 5. UGC, Sponsored and Nofollow attribute values - Robots.txt If a URL you are visiting is being affected by an "Allow” or “Disallow” within robots.txt, the extension will show you the specific rule within the extension, making it easy to copy or visit the live robots.txt. You will also be shown the full robots.txt with the specific rule highlighted (if applicable). Cool eh! - Meta Robots Tag Any Robots Meta tags that direct robots to “index", “noindex", “follow" or “nofollow" will flag the appropriate Red, Amber or Green icons. Directives that won’t affect Search Engine indexation, such as “nosnippet” or “noodp” will be shown but won’t be factored into the alerts. The extension makes it easy to view all directives, along with showing you any HTML meta robots tags in full that appear in the source code. - X-robots-tag Spotting any robots directives in the HTTP header has been a bit of a pain in the past but no longer with this extension. Any specific exclusions will be made very visible, as well as the full HTTP Header - with the specific exclusions highlighted too! - Canonical Tags Although the canonical tag doesn’t directly impact indexation, it can still impact how your URLs behave within SERPS (Search Engine Results Pages). If the page you are viewing is Allowed to bots but a Canonical mismatch has been detected (the current URL is different to the Canonical URL) then the extension will flag an Amber icon. Canonical information is collected on every page from within the HTML <head> and HTTP header response. - UGC, Sponsored and Nofollow A new addition to the extension gives you the option to highlight any visible links that use a "nofollow", "ugc" or "sponsored" rel attribute value. You can control which links are highlighted and set your preferred colour for each. I’d you’d prefer this is disabled, you can switch off entirely. ## User-agents Within settings, you can choose one of the following user-agents to simulate what each Search Engine has access to: 1. Googlebot 2. Googlebot news 3. Bing 4. Yahoo ## Benefits This tool will be useful for anyone working in Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) or digital marketing, as it gives a clear visual indication if the page is being blocked by robots.txt (many existing extensions don’t flag this). Crawl or indexation issues have a direct bearing on how well your website performs in organic results, so this extension should be part of your SEO developer toolkit for Google Chrome. An alternative to some of the common robots.txt testers available online. This extension is useful for: - Faceted navigation review and optimisation (useful to see the robot control behind complex / stacked facets) - Detecting crawl or indexation issues - General SEO review and auditing within your browser ## Avoid the need for multiple SEO Extensions Within the realm of robots and indexation, there is no better extension available. In fact, by installing Robots Exclusion Checker you will avoid having to run multiple extensions within Chrome that will slow down its functionality. Similar plugins include: NoFollow https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/nofollow/dfogidghaigoomjdeacndafapdijmiid Seerobots https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/seerobots/hnljoiodjfgpnddiekagpbblnjedcnfp NoIndex,NoFollow Meta Tag Checker https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/noindexnofollow-meta-tag/aijcgkcgldkomeddnlpbhdelcpfamklm CHANGELOG: 1.0.2: Fixed a bug preventing meta robots from updating after a URL update. 1.0.3: Various bug fixes, including better handling of URLs with encoded characters. Robots.txt expansion feature to allow the viewing of extra-long rules. Now JavaScript history.pushState() compatible. 1.0.4: Various upgrades. Canonical tag detection added (HTML and HTTP Header) with Amber icon alerts. Robots.txt is now shown in full, with the appropriate rule highlighted. X-robots-tag now highlighted within full HTTP header information. Various UX improvements, such as "Copy to Clipboard” and “View Source” links. Social share icons added. 1.0.5: Forces a background HTTP header call when the extension detects a URL change but no new HTTP header info - mainly for sites heavily dependant on JavaScript. 1.0.6: Fixed an issue with the hash part of the URL when doing a canonical check. 1.0.7: Forces a background body response call in addition to HTTP headers, to ensure a non-cached view of the URL for JavaScript heavy sites. 1.0.8: Fixed an error that occurred when multiple references to the same user-agent were detected within robots.txt file. 1.0.9: Fixed an issue with the canonical mismatch alert. 1.1.0: Various UI updates, including a JavaScript alert when the extension detects a URL change with no new HTTP request. 1.1.1: Added additional logic Meta robots user-agent rule conflicts. 1.1.2: Added a German language UI. 1.1.3: Added UGC, Sponsored and Nofollow link highlighting. 1.1.4: Switched off nofollow link highlighting by default on new installs and fixed a bug related to HTTP header canonical mismatches. 1.1.5: Bug fixes to improve robots.txt parser. 1.1.6: Extension now flags 404 errors in Red. 1.1.7: Not sending cookies when making a background request to fetch a page that was navigated to with pushstate. 1.1.8: Improvements to the handling of relative vs absolute canonical URLs and unencoded URL messaging. Found a bug or want to make a suggestion? Please email extensions @ samgipson.com

Latest reviews

  • (2023-07-05) sumit ray: The Robots Exclusion Checker Chrome extension is a must-have tool for webmasters and SEO professionals who want to efficiently manage their website's visibility in search engine results. With its user-friendly interface and comprehensive features, this extension simplifies the process of checking and validating robots.txt files, ensuring your website is effectively crawled by search engine robots. https://www.tranktechnologies.com/usa/app-development-company-new-york
  • (2023-06-25) shahin: واقعا عالیه من برای سایتم لینک میزنم قبلا متوجه نبود که سایت ایندکسه یا نه ولی الان راحت متوجه میشم. خیلی ممنون از سازندش https://www.xn--mgbatejc1d2cmr8bab45pla.net/
  • (2023-06-15) Vasilis Giannakouris: A great SEO addon which is also one of a few that can inform you of the index status of the page without the need of opening the plugin. It turns red from green automatically so you know what's going on.
  • (2022-12-01) Jan Caerels: A must have extension for every SEO! I advize every client of mine to install this as well. I just love how you instantly know for any page if it's indexable or not.
  • (2022-07-21) Christian Karg: Very helpful extension! Very useful and works perfectly – 100% recommended. Just a question: looking at the chrome task manager it uses a lot of memory footprint compared to other processes and extensions (specially when working with multiple tabs). @Sam can you take a look at it or is it just me? Thanks in advance!
  • (2022-07-17) Valerian Digital: Good Extension, unfortunately NOINDEX Link Highlighting is missing.
  • (2022-04-03) Anthony Biggs: Working now again :)
  • (2022-04-02) Yaroslav Syomik: This is the best extension. I haven't found any worthy counterparts for it. Thanks to the developer for this
  • (2022-01-19) Maarten de Graaf: Would recommend!
  • (2021-07-26) Sébastien ALMIRON: A great and useful extension that I use with my marketing team. The little extra, a reactive person named Sam, thanks for this great tool that we use several times a day.
  • (2021-02-23) Katharina Pfutz: Fantastic extension! It saves me so much time and is really easy to understand and use. SEOs and DEVs, it's your loss if you don't install it! :D
  • (2021-02-11) Gatien AUJAY: SEO for 10 years, I was mad when the extension SeeRobots was withdrawn but this one is a great successor !
  • (2021-01-29) Nick Samuel: Possibly my favourite SEO extension...the brilliance is in the simplicity of the design. Key information, presented clearly. It's not trying to add loads of superfluous SEO "insights" or solve every issue. Would have reviewed it sooner as I have been recommending it for years :-)
  • (2020-08-27) Rubén Alonso: Buenísima, me la acaban de descubrir, la he instalado y probado, y me da que ha llegado para quedarse. 👌
  • (2020-02-06) Adam durrant: I never write reviews on extensions, but I use this bad boy every day and it's excellent. Well done Sam :)
  • (2019-12-10) Christopher Pitcher: Top notch plugin, Simple but very effective. Use it daily. Best robots plugin on chrome store
  • (2019-12-08) Dan: One of my favourite SEO extensions, I use this daily. Changing its colour so you can see problems at a glance is incredibly time-saving.
  • (2019-11-06) Anthony Lavall: A must have Chrome extension for your SEO toolkit. 4 key checks across: - Robots.txt - Meta robots tag - X-robots header - Canonical tag Provide quick insights relating to the index-ability of a given URL without having to manually review the source yourself. Color coded notifications in the extension as well as the ability to click and copy any data retrieved make this extension a prerequisite.
  • (2019-10-24) Charly Wargnier: Superb extension!
  • (2019-10-17) Klaudio Fejzaj: Amazing plugin that comes handy on a daily basis. Recently I noticed an issue with the plugin, reached out to the OP, Sam, and he had it resolved quickly. Thanks for the great, free extension!
  • (2019-09-24) Siobhan Swainston: Super useful and better than my previous extension 'see robots' as has more options which are more extensive when checking if a page is actually no-indexed.
  • (2019-09-16) Really useful extension, works well, saves lots of time and very easy to use. Definitely recommend!
  • (2019-08-15) Janaya Wilkins: Amazing extension! Saves me so much time and I love the new canonical feature. Highly recommended for SEO's and devs to use!
  • (2019-06-19) Michael: Have needed something handy like this for a long time. A real time saver! Highly recommended to all SEO's out there.
  • (2019-06-14) Vlas Bashynskyi: Easy and worthwhile. Saves me a ton of time.
  • (2019-06-14) Harry Morgan: Great Extension! It is very useful and easy to use :)

Latest issues

  • (2023-02-23, v: E. O.: Display redirect status
    Could you please add a redirect status of an URL? If an URL is loaded through a redirect or redirect chain, it would be nice to see all hops. Doing so, you will definitely beat the competitor LinkRedirectTrace :)
  • (2022-04-20, v:1.1.7) Marie Belmont: My extension does not work anymore...
    Hi! Thanks for your extention that I use a lot! Unfortunately it stopped working : the logo is grey and when i click on it, nothing happens... I use a version of google chrome : 100.0.4896.127 (Build officiel) (64 bits) No special new extension... Thanks for your answer! Marie
  • (2022-03-31, v:1.1.7) Yaroslav Syomik: The problem with the extension
    Good day! Today I found out that the extension stopped working. It always stays gray and does not show information
  • (2022-03-28, v:1.1.7) David Radicke: stopped working...
    Hi, after using this for a long time, just recently, the little robot stays "grey" and when clicking, the popup remains empty... Has there been any changes recently?
  • (2020-04-09, v:1.1.3) Sam Gipson: Switching off Nofollow link highlighting
    A new feature was rolled out to Robots Exclusion Checker switched on by default. In hindsight this wasn't the cleverest idea. Currently all "nofollow", "sponsored" and "ugc" link attributes will be highlighted on-page. To change settings or to disable completely, click on the Robots icon and you'll notice at the very bottom of the status window there is "Link highlighting: ON" and an option to "Change". Once clicked, you have the option to disable "nofollow", "sponsored" and "ugc" individually. Thank you, Sam.


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5.0 (28 votes)
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2022-05-11 /
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