Gary Illyes From Google Quizzes SEOs


Google’s Gary Illyes posted a pop quiz for SEOs the other day on Twitter. The responses of the poll showed that SEOs are split on the answer of how Google would handle a contradictory robots.txt file directive.

Gary asked “how will this affect crawling:”

User-agent: *
Disallow: /
Allow: /

He said try not to use a tool when answering.

The results after almost 2,500 responses to the poll were that 52% said this will lead to everything being disallowed and 48% said it will lead to everything being allowed.

Here are the results:

Former Googler, Pedro Dias said order matters but current Googler showed some notes that may say otherwise:

Then Pedro showed the tool:

The answer should be clear cut?

Honestly, if any SEO would see this in a robots.txt – they would just make sure to clean it up and make sure the directives were clear. But it was a fun poll to see.

Forum discussion at Twitter.


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