What settings do you recommend for htaccess and robot.txt files to camoflage WP-robot

I already have empty index.php file in plugins directory. . Well it's not really empty but it has this comment code by default:

<?php
// Silence is golden.
?>
 
i think google bot very smart

if google bot directly this plugin directory

yourdomainsite/wp-content/plugins/WPRobot3/ give access denied or empty page

but

yourdomainsite/wp-content/plugins/WProbot3/ (only R change)

give 404 error

google bot look autoblog plugin directory directly if u use wordpress

i lost 50 sites (deleted google) and 30-40 site deindex.

i request reconsiredation but my sites deindex always.

you must change wprobot plugin directory
if u have new domain you must only 5-6 post in today and setup duplicate remove plugin and use robots.txt nofollow some directory.

i want to change wp-content directory for some security but how?

if u use google search and write "/wp-content/plugins/WPRobot3/"

google give 124k results

sorry for my poor english but i think houston is very big problem. all autoblog sites will deindex one by one if we will not change something.
 
Dude, you got 50 of your autoblogs de-indexed recently? And you think it was a result of this new google policy?

I am taking WickedGuy's advice (thanks man) and doing that htaccess fix on all of my sites. Hopefully it will prevent anything weird happening to my rankings...
 
yes 50 site deleted too..i look webmaster tools and i see red text and google remove 50 sites. other sites deindex..only 3-5 post indexed.
 
I uploaded the *htaccess file in the plugin directory, but than my wp-admin and even my posts are password protected??? Just don't know what I'm doing wrong:( Can somebody point me to the right direction, many thanks

I also same here,can anybody give us right direction?
 
I also same here,can anybody give us right direction?

As said in a previous post, just upload a blank index.php to the plugins directory and delete the htaccess in it. Its a conflict with some of your plugins.

Another suggestion, can't the wp-robot folder be renamed also?
 
Yes wprobot can be renamed that is what i did, and i uploaded the .htaccess into the wprobot directory, that worked. Didn't test wprobot yet with the .htaccess file in it, hopefully no issues.:D
 
or you could just go to the wp robo.txt file and do


Disallow: /wp-content/plugins/

Since the Robot is in fact a plugin then no one can see in that folder where WP Robot is stored..
 
or you could just go to the wp robo.txt file and do


Disallow: /wp-content/plugins/

Since the Robot is in fact a plugin then no one can see in that folder where WP Robot is stored..

is that all you type into robot.txt , or is there something else you type with it ? you havent got the full code you use have you :)

thanks
 
when it comes to robots.txt I agree entirely with what wickedguy said. It is def not a valid way to protect anything, its like having a rabid dog attacking you and saying to it please don't bite me

All it does is politely ask the bots not to look in certain files. Wickedguy knows what he is talking about and if his .htaccess doesn't work for you then make sure you have a blank index file in your olugins folder
 
as mentioned before, there are already index.php file in nearly all the folder with this comment only:

<?php
// Silence is golden.
?>

so is this ok or does it have to be blank blank?
cheers
 
come on then whos gonna be kind enough to give us a step by step guide , lol :) . I know its on this thread , but how do we make a blank index.php etc ?

thanks
 
come on then whos gonna be kind enough to give us a step by step guide , lol . I know its on this thread , but how do we make a blank index.php

When I read that my first thought was... but I guess we all have to start somewhere so I've attached one.

Tony
 

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or you could just go to the wp robo.txt file and do


Disallow: /wp-content/plugins/

Since the Robot is in fact a plugin then no one can see in that folder where WP Robot is stored..
The robot.txt does not protect your stuff so that nobody can see. Only a blank index.php or htaccess can do the protection.

To see for yourself, create a folder with nothing in it on your server. Then browse to that folder with your browser. You will be able to see what is uner that folder.

Now upload a robot.txt to that folder. Browse again to that folder. You will be able to see the robot.txt file under that folder.

Now create a blank index.php and upload it to that folder. Now browse to that folder. You will only see a blank page.

Now create an htaccess and paste the code from my earlier example in it and upload to that folder. Now visit the url again. You will be asked for a password.

So, what did we learn from this? Robots.txt gives NO protection at all.
 
the blank index.php trick in the Plugins folder is definately a step in the right direction ... but ... if you think about it, Google are probably aware that WPRobot is one of/the leading autoblogging bit of software so it would not be difficult their crawlers to just search for "wp-content/plugins/WPRobot3/" directly. Having an index.php does not stop you from navigating to the folder if you know the path. Any thoughts on some other way to hide it? (btw ... there are 186K search results in google for "wp-content/plugins/WPRobot3/")
 
Step 1:
Add a file called index.php into the plugins folder {wp-content/plugins/} with the following lines:
NOTE: if there is already an idex.php in this folder (there should be) then goto Step 2

<?php
// Blank
?>

Then browse the web
Code:
http://yourdomain/wp-content/plugins/WPRobot3
replace "yourdomain" with your domain URL including the WprdPress Folder eg., yourdomain.com/blog

You should get a blank page or a Folder Listing if there is no index.php in the WPRobot3 folder.

Step 2:
THEN
Add a file called .htaccess into the plugins folder {wp-content/plugins/} with the following 2 lines:

Order deny,allow
Deny from all


Then browse the web
Code:
http://yourdomain/wp-content/plugins/WPRobot3
This should return you to the Blog Main Page

Hope this helps
 
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You guys obvious can't read .. I can. And after reading this whole post I concluded that renaming the wprobot plugin directory to *anything* else and placing a <?php //this is it ?> index.php file inside the wp-content\plugins\ will solve the issue of google finding the wprobot footprint by looking in the plugins directory. And .. Actually there's no need to place that empty index.php into the plugins folder but only if you have a really old version of wordpress. Because last year (as far I can remember) wordpress added that "Silence is golden." empty index.php file into the plugins folder just because of that - to give owners privacy regarding the plugins they're using

PS: WickedGuy - Why you still insist on protecting your plugins directory from your htaccess file when the above works just fine AND can you please elaborate a bit further the cookie vuln ?
Thanks
 
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You guys obvious can't read .. I can. And after reading this whole post I concluded that renaming the wprobot plugin directory to *anything* else and placing a <?php //this is it ?> index.php file inside the wp-content\plugins\ will solve the issue of google finding the wprobot footprint by looking in the plugins directory. And .. Actually there's no need to place that empty index.php into the plugins folder but only if you have a really old version of wordpress. Because last year (as far I can remember) wordpress added that "Silence is golden." empty index.php file into the plugins folder just because of that - to give owners privacy regarding the plugins they're using

PS: WickedGuy - Why you still insist on protecting your plugins directory from your htaccess file when the above works just fine AND can you please elaborate a bit further the cookie vuln ?
Thanks

Perhaps I wasn't sufficiently clear with my intructions. I said to put an empty index.php into the folder if it did not exist.

Quite a few of the pugins do not come already with an index.php in there folders.

Should you wish to use the .htaccess file I supplied then you will not need an index.php in any of the subsiduary folders.

Therefore if MR GOOGLE decides to snoop around you can still have your WPRobot named the orginal name and not have to change it.

Hope this clears things up.
 
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