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Stop Google From Indexing Files (3 posts)

  1. Johanhorak
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Hi

    I have a pdf files that I can host on my or other sites.
    I don't want Google to index these files and no one should
    find the when searching use Google or others.

    I am aware of various ways to protect a post but that's not what I want.

    The idea is that I will have a page (with no links to it) from my blog. On this page will be a link to the pdf's.

    Only people who have the link from me (and not from Google) can download the file.

  2. stvwlf
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    possible solutions:

    1) have all the pdf files in one folder. add a robots.txt file to that folder informing all search engines not to index any content in that folder or folders beneath it.
    http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=40360
    http://www.askapache.com/seo/seo-with-robotstxt.html

    2) since you wish to control access to those PDF files, password protect the folder in which they are located. Google for "password protect folder"

  3. Johanhorak
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Hi stvwlf Thanks for the solution. I have decided to go for an online solution http://www.box.net as my files are not indexed.

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