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Stop Google from indexing WP? (4 posts)

  1. AndreaFlowers
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Is it possible for me to stop my blog from being found using search engines? I have my blog in its own folder but not its own domain/subdomain. This is an issue for me because my blog title will be "No Crashing Tide can hide a Guilty Girl" (Crashing Tide is my domain name and Guilty Girl is my blog name... it's a lyric from one of my favourite songs).
    I don't want anyone I know accidentally finding my blog when they're randomly googling lyrics.
    I don't mind if crashing-tide.net is found by a search engine but I don't want crashing-tide.net/blog being found by search engines.

    Any way you can think of to block a search engine from finding my blog directory would be awesome! (And sorry if I don't make any sense)

  2. niziol
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Just write a robots.txt file and disallow the directory that you want exluded from being spidered. Most well behaved search engines will follow the robots.txt rules.

    NOTE: robots.txt is usually just a SUGGESTION for the indexing robots, so it means they should not index what's disallowed, but it does nothing to actually prevent them from doing so, it justs suggests that they don't.

    But you should know, once something is put online, I'm not sure if there is any truly fool-proof way to hide it. You could password protect it or something like that, but that would mean that whoever wishes to view it would need a password to do so.

    Search for a robots.txt tutorial on google, it' very easy and there is a ton of good tutorials about this subject.

    Cheers,
    Michael.

  3. Joni
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Wouldn't this code work -- of course it won't just stop Google.

    <meta name="robots" content="noindex,nofollow" />

  4. WPChina
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    here is info from Google's own website on how not to get in their index:

    http://www.google.com/webmasters/remove.html

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