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  • this option:
    “I would like to block search engines, but allow normal visitors”

    adds this code to the header of your site:
    “<meta name=’robots’ content=’noindex,nofollow’ />”

    This tells the spiders not to index your site which ideally keeps it out of search engines and any other indexes.

    The other option does not do this.

    I use this this option on test sites or sites i under initial construction to keep them out of search engines before i want to go live.

    You could also use it if you only really want to be found by your friends who you give the url to.

    Thank you for the explanation. After installing wp 2.1.3, I selected the block search engines because of the tremendous bandwidth problem I had last month. This option seems to have stopped GoogleBot and InktomiSlurp from crawling my site and causing my bandwidth to be exceeded. I’ll keep monitoring it.

    Quick question – If my blog is installed on a sub-domain of my core domain and I elect to “block search engines but allow normal visitors,” will search engines still spider my core domain? I only want to stop robots from indexing my blog.


    It should just stop the crawlers from indexing our blog. I ran a blog like this for a while and it worked OK. The main site (e.g. was indexed, but the sub domain (e.g. was not.

    That’s reassuring. I’ll give it a whirl. Thanks!

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