I'm not sure which category to put this question in as it involves a couple of different issues. Does anyone know if using an .htaccess file interferes with web crawlers, or is it only robot.txt that prevents the robots from crawling?
I've used .htaccess to block access to a gallery of images for a client with an adult website, and used right-click block of photos, as she does not want her pics copied or saved. However, I would like her pics to show up in image searches. Ohhhh, that just raised another concern: I didn't think about images appearing in searches. There's no way to prevent copying those. Crumbs. Well, at least those are just thumbnails.
So anyway, does .htaccess interfere with SEO?
Thanks in advance.