Do password protected or private pages get crawled? (5 posts)

  1. kurtgross
    Posted 4 years ago #

    About 2 years ago this question was posed and some replies implied that we can't have it both ways, i.e. crawled and yet not let our reader see the content. Some even assumed the site owner was using shady tactics to gain ranking but doing something wrong.

    I have a blog where people post questions about their dental health and I would like the dentist and his staff to be able to read the questions and respond. Obviously I'd like to keep this info private from the general public.

    Meanwhile, I'd like to get some credit or gain from Google in the rankings so people could find my site and get their questions answered.

    Furthermore, I then could copy their site to a public area after editing out their personal info, etc.

    My question is, how can I collect Q&As on the post pages, protect the privacy of the poster and get some credit from Google for the site?

    Is this possible? If so, should I use password protected pages, private pages, both, neither or some other methods (or plugin)?

    Thanks, in advance,


    P.S. If a peek at the site helps with the answer, you can see the home page at http://costaricadentalimplants.org

  2. If Google can't access a page, it'll crawl that it exists, but not share the content. So... if it's private, Google won't credit you for it.

    some replies implied that we can't have it both ways, i.e. crawled and yet not let our reader see the content.

    That's correct.

  3. kurtgross
    Posted 4 years ago #


    Thanks for the clarification. That makes sense because it could and would be abused, I'm sure.

    I was hoping for a place where I could post patient's issues where my dental coordinator could review the submitted info, x-rays, etc. and comment on them.

    Then it would be nice if that post could be made available to my patients so they could see the comments of the dentist and staff.

    I believe I will have to put that blog behind a password protected site and thus not get credit for the content in Google's ranking system. Darn it. I understand, but still, darn it!

    On that note, is the password feature that's already a part of WordPress sufficient, or do you recommend a password oriented plugin?


    Kurt in TN

  4. Keep in mind, you won't get credit for the patient pages, but you WILL get credit for the public pages. Make 'em count!

    Normally I'd say the WP one is fine, but... Well. You're talking medical stuff, and that's a whole messy legal thing :/ I'd be using something with SSL and a metric tonne of protection.

  5. kurtgross
    Posted 3 years ago #


    Your point is well-taken, i.e. better to err on the side of safety for visitor's posts than on the short-term gain of just one more miniscule googl-point.


    Kurt at http://costaricadentalimplants.org

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