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Want an SEO job? Check out the Daily Mail’s robots.txt file …

August 24, 2010 33 Comments

Want a job as SEO manager at the Daily Mail? Check out their robots.txt file (just don't tell them you saw it here ...). In the middle it says:

# August 12th, MailOnline are looking for a talented SEO Manager so if you found this you're the kind of techie we need!

Daily Mail's robots.txt file contains an SEO job advert

Daily Mail's robots.txt file contains an SEO job advert

Genius! You could also contact Mail Online MD James Bromley on Twitter.

For those who don't know, the robots.txt file is how you tell search engines which pages they can and can't crawl on your site to include in their index.

In the past it was worth occasionally checking out newspapers' robots.txt files as they listed the URLs of stories that they've had to withdraw for legal reasons (or joke Polish editions). Sadly, they don't seem to do that so much these days (and they'd get lost in the Mirror's massive file). Plus there's no easy way to check if they've been updated - Google Reader's ability to track changing webpages doesn't work with robots.txt files. Boo.

If you liked this post, I've got lots more about SEO (try this story analysing Google's keywords tool). I also blog about newspapers a lot - such as the Daily Mail (this story was popular recently on iDosing) and lately a lot about the Times paywall.

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