Google no longer supports Robots.txt - no index

Google has officially announced that GoogleBot will no longer observe a Robots.txt No Index which is related to indexing. Since Robots.txt is a de-facto standard, and is not possessed by any standards body. The deadline given for this was September 1, 2019. In this regard, Google also releases an alternative for No Index Robots.txt directive.
Before moving with this announcement and implementation let us talk about Robots.txt, exactly with an example.
Robots.txt:
The Robots.txt directive played an important role in SEO practices. The Robots.txt directive is mainly related to Indexing which will direct Google to give rank for different websites. This indexation can be done by Googlebot or Google’s crawler. Google’s crawler crawls through pages and inserts them to the index for Google references.
In a nutshell the Robots.txt directive is a command given by a website and it instructs Google’s crawler that which pages to go and which pages to avoid in your website. Simply it can be like optimization of a website’s crawling process. This is called Robots Exclusion Standard also known as Robots Exclusion Protocol and simply known as Robots.txt.
For example,
Let us assume you have a website that is divided into two parts. One part is a type of blog and there you share all about your archaeology research. And the other part has pictures of your new style dress collections. In such a case if you don’t want to include those picture collections in search engine databases. In spite of this reason, you could use robots.txt file to tell the web crawlers or Google Bot for indexing my archaeology research articles but leave my dress picture collections. I hope you may get a clear vision of Robots.txt. Here it does not end.
Basic format of Robot.txt:
           User-agent: [specification of user-agent]
             Disallow: [details not to be crawled]
Example1:
    User-agent: *
                Disallow: /

In the above Robot.txt example, the entire user agent has been specified by *. 
And details not to be crawled are mentioned such as all the content.
That is the above mentioned Robots.txt directive is focused on blocking all the content from all web crawlers.
 Example 2:
User-agent: *
            Disallow:
This Robots.txt focused on allowing all the web crawlers to access all the content.
 Is it possible to see the Robots.txt directive of the website?
 Yes, it is possible to see.
 Robots.txt lives at the root of your website. Follow the instructions to see the Robots.txt directive.
 Type the following in the URL bar to see Robots.txt file.
 /Robots.txt followed by the URL.
 For example: www.sample.com/robots.txt
 Here I will show you Robots.txt of best SEO practice website by type https://www.orbitmedia.com/robots.txt. The following Robots.txt has been written in this that
User-agent: *
Disallow: /wp-admin/
Allow: /wp-admin/admin-ajax.php
Even though you are blocking URLs from being indexed by Google using robots.txt, it may still show the pages as URL when it has been searched by the audience. For this kind of issues, complete blocking is needed for a particular page. This can be done through robots no index Meta tag on a per-page basis. You can insist web crawlers to not index a particular page or to not index a page and also to not follow even outbound links by using no index Meta tag.
The following bit of code is used for blocking a particular page:
<meta name =”robots” content=”noindex”>
And the following bit of code is used for blocking particular page and also not to follow outbound links:

 <meta name = “robots” content =”noindex, nofollow”>
I hope now you may get a clear vision of Robots.txt and no index Meta tag. It is time to move with the real scenario.
 Intention behind Google no longer supports Robots.txt (no index):
 The purpose of Google make No Index Robots.txt as retired one is that

     Robots.txt no index is never documented by Google
     For maintaining a healthy ecosystem
     Preparing for potential future open source releases
     For establishing stable internet standard
     To standardize the protocol
     For get rid of worry about how to control crawlers by website owners
     Focuses for unsupported implementations such as crawl delay, no follow and no index.
     To avoid invalid configuration of robots.txt since it may lead search engines from crawling public pages, and affects your content to show less in search results
     Googlebot is also very low in using Robots.txt for the presence of the website in SERPs.
     And not limited to.
What are the alternatives announced by Google webmaster?
Well, you may observe the announcements given by Google webmaster regarding cancelation of no index Robots.txt. If you are using no index Robots.txt in your website then you have the question in your mind that what are the alternatives announced by Google in this regard. So without wasting your valuable time, let us move with the alternatives to the no index Robots.txt directive on your website which you should have been using anyway.
 
1.  no index in robots meta tags:
The no index directive is the most effective way to remove URLs from the index,   supported both in the HTTP response headers and in HTML, when crawling is allowed.
 2.      404 and 410 HTTP status code:
Both status codes recommend that the particular page does not exist. Then Google will automatically drop such URLs.
By Normally 410 status code means “gone”. 404 status code means “not found”.
3.      Password protection:
Hiding a page behind the login page is a common technique to remove the particular page from Google’s Index.
 4.      Disallow in robots.txt:
Blocking the page from getting crawled leads to avoiding the indexing of content also. While search engine may also index a URL based links from other pages, without seeing content itself, we aim to make such pages less visible in the future.
5.       Search Console Remove URL tool:
Google offers a dedicated tool to easily remove a URL from Google's search results. In such a case you may simply have to enter the URL that you wish to remove from the indexing.
Getting into the conclusion:
The important thing to stay in your mind that Google will not support the Robots.txt NoIndex directives anymore. And you need to make the changes immediate for dealing without any trouble in the future. Refer the alternatives in the above part, and make changes to the directives in the best way before September 1, 2019.
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