While using the W3C link checker, I found out that my Github Wiki can't be crawled:

Status: (N/A) Forbidden by robots.txt

This is unfortunate, as I would like people to easily find this Wiki on search engines.

QUESTION: How can I make my Github Wiki crawlable by search engines?
Or am I mistaken and Github's robots.txt is actually OK?


The GitHub robots.txt does explicitly disallow crawling of the wiki pages, for example in the Googlebot section:

User-agent: Googlebot
Allow: /*/*/tree/master
Allow: /*/*/blob/master
Disallow: /*/*/wiki/*/*

As this is the site-wide robots file, there isn't any getting around it.

It is an interesting choice, since GitHub describes wikis as a place to "share long-form content about your project". Since by default public wikis are editable by any user, perhaps it is a heavy handed protection from spammers.


GitHub wikis are searchable by engines that support it. See the first two lines of https://github.com/robots.txt :

# If you would like to crawl GitHub contact us at support@github.com.
# We also provide an extensive API: https://developer.github.com/

That's probably for parsing various wiki formats etc.

For example search in Google for "openrefine broker protocol" and the first hit is a page under a Github project wiki.

  • 1
    Hmm, so why is Google indexing the Broker-Protocol wiki, and not the OP's wiki? Apr 7 '15 at 12:20

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