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There are some instances where we bloggers don’t want our content to show up in search engines, and don’t want a specific post or page from our blog to get indexed by Google.
Because we don’t want to.
For example, a few months back when I launched my eBook “Starting a Blog 101″ to offer to my readers in return to subscribing to my blog. I created a special page that had a link to download my eBook, and I wanted to redirect my subscribers to that page when they click on the confirmation link in their email after subscribing.
The page got picked up by search engine bots. When I was typing the name of my eBook Starting a Blog 101 on Google search, the page that had the links to download my eBook was showing up on the first page of Google. I’m still on my path to learn how actually Google works – maybe Ana knows?
So people were potentially bypassing my opt-in form to get my eBook. Tough, I’m not sure how many people downloaded my eBook that way. Even If the number was zero, that was definitely a big mistake which I made, and an act of carelessness on my part.
I don’t want anyone of you to make the same mistake as me, that’s why I’m writing this short tutorial on how not to get a specific post or page from your blog to get indexed by Google. In other words, how to hide a page from Google.
How not to Get Indexed by Google?
The best way to keep a post or page out of search engines is to tell search engine bots not to index that specific post/page at first, and skip over that while going through your blog.
Here’s how to do it:
The screenshot above is from the All in one SEO pack plugin that I use on my blog, but I believe the other SEO plugins have this kinda stuff as well.
Now If you select “Robots meta NOINDEX”, from those check-boxes, the post/page will not be picked up by search engine bots.
The other two options “Robots Meta NOFOLLOW” and “Disable on this post/page” relates to the other things. As long as you select the “Robots meta noindex” for that particular post or page, while the search engine bots climb through that page, the result will not be returned in search results.
The Plugin Solution:
If you’re using an SEO plugin that does not have this feature included, than there’s a WordPress plugin called Robots Meta that you can use to keep your blog post/page out.
What’s nice about this plugin is that It adds the similar check boxes I shared above on every new post or page that you create. It’s one of top WordPress plugin that can help your blog reach the top.
What If you have an already published page?
Okay, the above tutorials was all about to help you hide a page or post from Google before publishing it, but what If you’ve an already published post/page that you want to take out of search engines?
In my case, I already had a page published, so If you’re in similar predicament, don’t worry. Here’s what I did and you can too to take out a page from search engines.
a) Login to your Google Webmaster Tools account.
b) Open the Optimization menu and click on the “Remove URLs”
c) Click on the “Create a new removal request”, enter the URL of that specific post/page, and then click on “Continue”.
d) On next page, you’ll have to set the reason to “remove page from search results and cache” and then click “Submit request” button.
You’re all done now! You’ve submitted your request of removal of the page now, and after a day or two you’ll see the page you requested to remove is in a “removed” column.
If you’re brand new to blogging and starting a new blog, remember that you always can control what get’s shown in Google from your blog, and what not.
If you still need to ask anything regarding the above tutorial, post your comment below!
Now to the comments we go:
- Have you published your first eBook yet? If not, It’s time to be serious!
- Do you have an indexed page on Google from your blog that has a link to download your eBook?
- Did you JUST find this tutorial useful?
Put your thoughts below in comments.
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