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[resolved] Google Indexed a Private Page? (5 posts)

  1. Ken of Kentropolis
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    It may have caught it some time it was not private, but unlikely. Anyone else have an issue with this?

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/show-private/

  2. AMIB
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    There is no difference between Google and a normal user
    If there is a link to the private page somewhere on your weblog
    and this plugin is installed on your weblog,
    The page is not hidden. neither to Google nor to a normal user.

    If you are going to hide a page totally, you should make it private and don't put a link to that page anywhere on your site.

    If there is no link to your page anywhere on your weblog and the page was public previously, it may be indexed before.
    To remove this page from Google cache you may use "robots.txt" or use Google Webmaster Tools or simply delete the page ;)

  3. Ken of Kentropolis
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    There never was a link to the page publicly, and to fix it I tried renaming the URL several times. Google always finds it.

    I will probably try the robot.txt route, but I don't see why it doesn't just work as expected.

  4. AMIB
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    Google never does brute force your site for hidden pages.
    There must be a link to your page somewhere

    Maybe a automatic XML sitemap plugin
    or a custom menu generator on your theme or something like that is providing the link for Google bot.

  5. Ken of Kentropolis
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I keep thinking that, and made sure I wasn't generating a sitemap as well. But I just can't find any links to it.

    No idea. Perhaps the page was momentarily in a site menu, at just the wrong time ...

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