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When building your store with Bigcommerce, there is a slim possibility that your store will appear in a search engine before it is ready to go live. This can lead to customers viewing your store while it is still under construction, and if you are recycling information from an existing store, Google may penalize you for duplicate content. You can update your robots.txt file to prevent search engines from indexing your site before it is ready. However, you must change it back once your site is live.
Modifying Robots.txt 1. In the Bigcommerce control panel, go to Setup & Tools › Advanced Tools › Robots text file.
2. Delete everything after the first Disallow:. See the example below./
3. Click Save when done.
4. To allow Google to index your store again, return to this page and click Revert to Default, thenSave.