Why and How Not to Get a Blog Post/Page Indexed by Google



Yep, you’ve read the correct headline!

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:

If you’re using an SEO plugin like All in one SEO, or WordPress SEO by Yoast, there might be a set of check-boxes in their SEO stuff to the posts/page edit page that looks similar like this:

Robots meta

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”

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!

Your turn:

Now to the comments we go:

  1. Have you published your first eBook yet? If not, It’s time to be serious!
  2. Do you have an indexed page on Google from your blog that has a link to download your eBook?
  3. Did you JUST find this tutorial useful?

Put your thoughts below in comments.

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112 Awesome Responses to “Why and How Not to Get a Blog Post/Page Indexed by Google”

  1. August 15, 2013 at 3:07 pm #

    Very Good post indeed about SEO, I found the tutorial very useful it has helped me a lot. But I was first shocked by the title why not coz nowadays bloggers want every page to be indexed. Keep up the good work.
    I have incorporated a few things in my blog so when you get time please check it out

  2. July 28, 2013 at 6:20 pm #

    Hey Ehsan, I have moved to WordPress a week ago. (Before I was on Blogger you may know :) ). I have written my eBook but have provided its download without asking my visitors to subscribe my newsletter. My blog page containing download has also gotten indexed by Google. I’ll hide my second eBook from search enignes :P

    • Ehsan Ullah
      July 28, 2013 at 7:01 pm #

      Hey Rehmat, glad to see ya here after a while.
      Wow, You’ve done a great job by moving SupportiveHands to WordPress. Your experience so far?
      If you haven’t started building an email list yet, you should start it today and get people’s email and trust in return to your eBook.
      Hope you enjoy being on WordPress :) If you have any question, you know where to find me ;)

      • Rehmat
        July 28, 2013 at 7:18 pm #

        Experience is good with WordPress’ power :), but I’m a little worried about my blog’s load time. I’m on shared hosting and moving to a VPS package might solve the issue. Spam is also making me afraid… I’ve shared my 7 day’s experience in my latest post, will write again after a month either WP makes me happy or sad…

        • Ehsan Ullah
          July 28, 2013 at 8:15 pm #

          Shared hosting is not bad If you’re on a good hosting like Bluehost!
          Hope you’re:
          1. Using W3 Total Cache plugin
          2. Optimize WordPress database,
          3. Optimize images (use lazyload plugin for that)
          4. Removing inactive plugins and
          5. Using light weight plugins
          Yep, I’ve read your latest post and left a comment as well. :)

          • Rehmat
            July 29, 2013 at 8:21 am #

            I’m on HostGator. Thank you for suggestions. I’m using WP Super Cache plugin. Will try out your suggested ones also.. :)

          • Ehsan Ullah
            July 29, 2013 at 5:53 pm #


  3. July 23, 2013 at 5:53 pm #

    Hi Ehsan ,
    You are very clever with your world. I actually read the article twice, I have some pages which i don’t want to appear on the google search result. I used the google webmaster tool which is really helpful.
    ROBOT.TXT file can also do the same work for you. Several plugins are also available for particular issue,

    Thanks for the share. Keep posting more amazing content.
    Have a great week ahead,


    • Ehsan Ullah
      July 23, 2013 at 7:19 pm #

      Good to have ya back Ashi! thanks for the compliment.
      Glad the tutorial helped you. The simplest method to remove any page from Google search result is to use Google webmaster tool, while using files like robot.txt is complicated to a lot of people.
      Thanks for your comment. There’s more in the draft, so keep visiting! :)

      • July 29, 2013 at 6:34 am #

        Hey Bro whats up
        Well it is always great to visit your blog. You have certainly have the good quality in your posts. Thanks for your kind reply. Thanks anyway and have a great week ahead

        • Ehsan Ullah
          July 29, 2013 at 5:45 pm #

          You seem like a great guy to have around, Ashi :)

  4. July 1, 2013 at 9:22 am #

    so far i have seen and read lots of articles on indexing my post/page, this is first time i read such article, really informative… Thanks for sharing

    • Ehsan Ullah
      July 1, 2013 at 6:54 pm #

      Glad you found it informative, Dhams.

  5. June 25, 2013 at 6:01 am #

    Thanks a lot Ehsan great post i would certainly help me a lot.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      June 25, 2013 at 6:42 pm #

      Welcome Himanshu, glad it made sense.

  6. June 22, 2013 at 12:58 pm #

    I read the post from starting to end, the first part is somehow better to know for the people who want to not index the page/post in Google..

    however, in the second part there is some misunderstanding, if you want to remove a page/post/URL from Google then it must not be existing on your website, because if the page is existing and you removed that page from Google, it will create a lot of problems for Google. Instead you can use your robots.txt file to block that page/post from even being accessed by Google’s crawlers.

    Wali – Onlineustaad.com

    • Ehsan Ullah
      June 23, 2013 at 6:31 pm #

      Hey Wali, Glad you found the first part easy to understand for newbies

      What kind of problem are you talkin’ about? I myself have 3 pages on my blog that I’ve removed from Google, and I haven’t faced any problem!

      There are some pages that should be removed from Google.

  7. June 20, 2013 at 6:30 am #

    This is one very detailed post, Ehsan. I am sure I can use this information some time soon.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      June 20, 2013 at 6:38 pm #

      Glad you found it useful Mike.

  8. June 14, 2013 at 2:59 am #

    I kinda curious why there are people choose not to get indexed by google when many other compete to get their post indexed. But i agree that sometimes we just want to have something that we would share only to our community, at least something that is not publicly published.

  9. Stacey
    June 9, 2013 at 6:41 am #

    So I DO have a choice! Whew, I didn’t know that I could choose not to get indexed by Google. Thanks so much for this Ehsan.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      June 10, 2013 at 6:38 pm #

      Hey Stacey, glad I made a learning fun.

  10. June 7, 2013 at 8:31 pm #

    It was quite funny. Sometimes we want very much do sth and it not work and when you don’t want then it works. But of course the post is very useful so thank you.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      June 10, 2013 at 6:23 pm #

      Thanks Sylwia, have you ever faced an issue like that?

  11. June 7, 2013 at 9:22 am #

    For some reasons, I thought the title was just a scheme to get readers attention and then the contents were then much different from it but I guess I was wrong with that guess though. Anyway, I understand why sometimes it’s good not to be indexed by search engines. Well, it’s very rare for me to hear about your situation thought. I guess you just had a mistake on your links though. It’s better to fix it because what’s more important in a blog site is to be indexed and can be found in search engines. It will be useless if you continue to be not indexed whenever you promote an ebook or product though. It defeats the purpose of blogging.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      June 7, 2013 at 5:38 pm #

      Why did you think like that Farrell?

      It’s definitely good to get your blog indexed in search engines, but don’t you have some type of personal or secret page on your blog that you don’t want search engines to get indexed?

  12. June 7, 2013 at 7:06 am #

    What i know about indexing the blog or page quickly. You need to do more social bookmarking of your content/page. It will help you to get indexed in google and other major search engines.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      June 7, 2013 at 5:29 pm #

      Thanks for sharing with us what you know, Syed.

  13. June 7, 2013 at 6:42 am #

    Great post on keeping Google from indexing specific pages. It should help site owners who want to offer content that should only be accessible to the site’s visitors. Regarding your e-book example though, wouldn’t it have been better if you mail a PDF attachment to your subscribers instead?

    • Ehsan Ullah
      June 7, 2013 at 5:28 pm #

      That’s another way, Gerth. I’ve seen a lot of bloggers uploading the PDF attachment in a specific page on their blog, and redirecting their subscribers there instead of directly mailing the eBook to their subscribers.

      Both works If your aim is to let your subscribers get their hands on your eBook. Tough the tutorial is for those who has a specific page.

  14. June 7, 2013 at 12:21 am #

    Makes a lot of sense why we would want NOT to get indexed by Google. Thanks for the share.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      June 7, 2013 at 4:57 pm #

      Hey Emilia.

  15. June 7, 2013 at 12:18 am #

    Very useful tips you have here Ehsan. I particularly liked the “because I want to” reply. Didn’t find it “strange” as the other commenter said. I simply find it a bit amusing but I liked the casual, down-to-earth , and straightforward tone you have there. Thanks for sharing. P.S. I have always wanted to write my own ebook. It’s just too overwhelming to know where to start and whether I have what it takes it write a good one. Can you help? =)

    • Ehsan Ullah
      June 7, 2013 at 4:56 pm #

      Sure, Joy. I’m always around to help. So which topic are you going to write an eBook on?

      Let me tell you that the process isn’t that complicated, I’ll help you with every step. So are you ready?

  16. June 6, 2013 at 2:13 pm #

    Yes there’s even an option for this in google webmasters, saves you the embarrassment of indexing your disclaimer or advertise with us page… Most people usually dont want that indexed. Thanks a lot for sharing. Very comprehensive post you wrote.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      June 7, 2013 at 4:55 pm #

      Yes Dindindara, “Advertise” or “Disclaimer” page are also one of those pages that should be removed from Google search.

      Thanks for the nice comment.

      • June 19, 2013 at 2:29 am #

        Are you sure it’s good to noindex Advertise page, I think some advertisers might find us through some footprint keywords on Google, Just my opinion.

        • Ehsan Ullah
          June 19, 2013 at 6:17 pm #

          Right on Gautham! If you’re that perfect SEO optimizer, than there’s nothing wrong by optimizing your “advertise” page. ;)

      • June 19, 2013 at 2:32 am #

        I’m using SEO Plugin by Yoast, it is extremely easy to noindex and nofollow certain pages through dashboard itself. Thanks for this guide.

  17. Paul Reynold
    June 5, 2013 at 12:39 pm #

    Lol that epic answer, “because we don’t want to”. Is strange.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      June 5, 2013 at 6:55 pm #

      Hey Paul, well yeah. It’s strange, but true! Isn’t it?

      Keep on reading.

  18. June 1, 2013 at 4:47 am #

    Hi Ehsan!
    I think in this case, robot.txt is the best choie!
    and if you want to submit to google, the easy way is pick it in to social netwwork!
    thanks for your post!

    • Ehsan Ullah
      June 3, 2013 at 6:02 pm #

      Well said Alex. Thanks.

  19. May 31, 2013 at 2:23 pm #

    You have a point sir. But don’t you think Google page indexing is important to get traffic to your blog?

    • Ehsan Ullah
      June 3, 2013 at 5:54 pm #

      Yep, I do think Gagandeep, but there are some pages that we don’t want to get indexed by Google.

  20. May 30, 2013 at 3:10 pm #

    Very informative post. Editing the robot.txt file can be helpful in some cases. But as a newbie to the online community everyone should avoid it. As it may waste all of his hard works. Thanks for the post.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      June 3, 2013 at 5:43 pm #

      Good to see ya here Sabbir, and glad you found the tutorial useful.

  21. May 26, 2013 at 3:41 am #

    this is really best article never knew some of them gonna follow this post thanx for nice info..

    • Ehsan Ullah
      June 3, 2013 at 5:34 pm #

      Welcome Prince.

  22. May 24, 2013 at 12:03 pm #

    Hi Ehsan Brother,
    It’s really useful, I know. Although can’t apply this trick on my new blog , coz it’s hosted on Blogger platform. There is different way to do it there. May be you wanna write about that as well.
    Anyhow, it’s great to be here and comment after a long time. :)
    I’ve been very busy with my family plus exams. So didn’t have time to blog or to read other friend’s blogs.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 25, 2013 at 8:24 am #

      Hey Fahad, Always great to cya here.

      Yep, I’ll consider writing this tutorial for Blogger users as well, why don’t you consider moving to WordPress.org? Let me know If you think the process is complicated?

      Where’s your EarnSmartlyOnline blog?

  23. May 23, 2013 at 8:51 pm #

    This is an interesting guide and not being indexed may be useful in specific situations yet usually we do want to have our website indexed as soon as possible. Still very good guide.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 25, 2013 at 8:21 am #

      Thanks Radek :)

  24. May 23, 2013 at 6:08 pm #

    Hello Ehsan,

    It is sometimes important for me to delete published page. I don’t know there is a option in Google webmaster. not it is easier for me to delete any published content.

    Thanks for valuable tips

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 25, 2013 at 8:21 am #

      Hey Ahsan, Why do you think It’s important to delete a published page? While there’s an easy way to remove that page from search engines, In case If that’s the reason you’re deleting the page?

      Thanks for dropping in Ahsan, hope to see ya around the blog back.

  25. May 23, 2013 at 2:36 pm #

    Awesome! Exactly what I was looking for, thanks Ehsan

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 23, 2013 at 5:45 pm #

      Nice to see ya here back, Brian.

      Glad you found what you were looking for here.

      Keep on visiting ;)

  26. May 22, 2013 at 9:57 am #

    Very interesting post Ehsan. I did my eBook via Smashwords and have a sign-up page for folks to sign up for my newsletter to get EBook for FREE via a code. I’m concerned it’s a bit complicated and may draw some folks away but I see your point about having it on the site for them to download too. I thought of that and was afraid they would not sign up for the newsletter. I guess each way has its pros and cons.
    Excellent tutorial about making no follow attributes and when to use them.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 22, 2013 at 7:00 pm #

      Nice to cya here, Lisa.
      Yep, each way has It’s pros and cons. Sign up page? The page I’m talking about was a “Thanks for subscribing” type of page where I was redirecting people after they click on the confirmation of subscription link in their email, that had a link to download my eBook. The sign up process can be done with the opt-in form at the top of my sidebar.

      Glad you found the tutorial useful Lisa.

  27. May 22, 2013 at 6:00 am #

    I am a beginner i liked your idea and tips.The tips you gave does not only suit for beginners but also serves a reminder for season veterans. They tend to forget what blogging is all about and tries to make the simple more complicated which makes their blogs stagnant.
    Thanks A lot!!!

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 22, 2013 at 6:31 pm #

      What good points you have – Thanks Shiv.

  28. May 22, 2013 at 4:43 am #

    The title seem a paradox thing but really need in some case. I like to code by hand with robot tags in “noindex,nofollow” or just modify robots.txt (because these types of page is not common).

    Admit, sometime, Google is stupid ;)

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 22, 2013 at 6:16 pm #

      Hey Repo,
      The tutorial is actually for those newbies don’t know how to do it, and are yet to learn to code with hand. The process is complicated to a lot, isn’t it?

      Thanks for your comment.

  29. May 22, 2013 at 2:26 am #

    I have the plugin but I rarely use the noindex check box unless I am writing a page with a lot of links compared to content as Google does not like a page full of links, but i do use the nofollow check box a lot.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 22, 2013 at 6:06 pm #

      Hey Gauthem, you’re here after long time. Where have you been?

      Ya know, there’s actually no need to check the Nofollow boxes, because If you want to make the links Nofollow, you can do it manually by adding Rel=nofollow tag, did you know that?

      Hope to see ya back!

      • May 23, 2013 at 1:12 am #

        Yea, I know I have been out of the game for a while! Its good to be back :)

        • Ehsan Ullah
          May 23, 2013 at 5:38 pm #

          Hope to see ya around the blog back in future, Gautham.

  30. May 21, 2013 at 8:40 pm #

    Hi Ehsan,

    Useful post – however I have the feeling unfortunately that if people want to get hold of your book, they will. It is useful to know the tips you have provided but it is also useful for people to be wary of the other naughties out there….

    My latest paid product was only online for about a day or so before someone uploaded it to file sharing sites – someone even posted it on their site as a download. It happens, there will always be people like this in the online world….

    Nice post – will share.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 23, 2013 at 6:23 am #

      Hey John, great to cya here bro,
      It’s good that people want to get a hold on our eBook, but I hate it when people try to potentially bypass our opt-in form to get the eBook.

      Glad you found the post worth sharing, what’s new with your blog, John?

  31. May 21, 2013 at 6:32 pm #

    Another great post Ehsan, thanks for sharing the robots meta plugin – will save me some time editing the robots.txt.

    For non-wordpress users, here’s a great website that tells you how the robots.txt work, how to edit them, how to stop the crawlers from indexing your site etc. http://www.robotstxt.org/

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 21, 2013 at 8:38 pm #

      Great to see ya here back, Darek.

      For non-Wordpress users? you mean for bloggers using platforms like Blogger and Tumble etc?

      Thanks for sharing that BTW, useful!

      • May 22, 2013 at 6:50 am #

        I meant users that don’t use any CMS for their blogs/websites.

        I’m not sure if Blogger or other CMSs have such a plugin like the robots meta one, so the only way to edit the robots.txt for them is manually.

        • Ehsan Ullah
          May 22, 2013 at 6:34 pm #

          Well, thanks for adding knowledge Darek. It’s appreciated!

          Keep on commenting.

  32. May 21, 2013 at 10:10 am #

    Thank you, it’s a very nice tips on how to block Google Indexing.I only thought ebook download pages were the only pages someone wouldn’t want to be indexed in the search engine results. But this post opened my eyes to other reasons. Great post.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 21, 2013 at 6:25 pm #

      Thank you Jacob, loved your comment!
      Other reasons? For example?

      BTW, what’s new with HostCake?

  33. May 21, 2013 at 9:08 am #

    Great tips bro really it is useful for every new blogger :) and thanks for this plugin. :D

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 21, 2013 at 6:17 pm #

      Hey Rahul, as usual It’s great to have ya here.

      Have you a page like that on your blog?

  34. May 21, 2013 at 4:21 am #

    Hi Ehsan,

    Very informative post, because some pages like Contact us, pages, we don’t need to them to get indexed.

    Thanks, Subscribed to your blog, hope you do the same.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 21, 2013 at 6:16 pm #

      Hey Gautham, thanks for subscribing. Hope you feel home here at Guide and News.

  35. May 20, 2013 at 9:27 pm #

    That was a very nice tutorial .
    Thanks for sharing. :)

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 21, 2013 at 6:13 pm #

      Welcome Abhishek.

  36. May 20, 2013 at 7:57 pm #

    The tutorial is a bit long but useful fun to read… And yup even I use All in One SEO for majority of my blogs.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 21, 2013 at 6:12 pm #

      Thanks Simran, what’s the one thing you think makes All in one SEO plugin better than other ones?

  37. May 20, 2013 at 7:40 pm #

    Thank you! I just started working my way through “non-follow” and “non-index”…haven’t needed it yet but I prefer knowing it upfront where I should apply it instead of having to come back later and fix it ;)

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 21, 2013 at 6:11 pm #

      Hey Yvonne, good to see ya here.

      Glad It made sense to you. What’s new with Social Media Zen blog?

      • May 21, 2013 at 7:28 pm #

        I actually have my first Giveaway starting tomorrow ;) Making use of new learned no-follow links ;)
        BTW. When I link to my website from my blog, I should leave it a follow link, right?

        • Ehsan Ullah
          May 21, 2013 at 8:40 pm #

          Wow, what are you giving away? would love to know!

          Yep, I rarely make the links No-follow in my posts. However If the website you’re linking to isn’t related to your niche, you should make the link Nofollow.

          Stay around Yvonne.

          • Yvonne
            May 21, 2013 at 9:48 pm #

            We are giving away 4 $25 Gift Cards for Night Owl Paper Goods. The have beautiful journals, calendar and more to sweeten up our office life ;)

          • Ehsan Ullah
            May 21, 2013 at 10:16 pm #

            That’s amazing! looking forward to great things from you, Yvonne.

      • May 21, 2013 at 7:31 pm #

        What are you using for your comments? That’s not standard WordPress comments, is it? Love the layout, been looking for something like this! Especially the email notifications of your reply without having to follow the whole comments threat.

        • Ehsan Ullah
          May 21, 2013 at 8:45 pm #

          Lol, It’s standard WordPress comments Vvonne. Made hundreds of edits to make it look like this ;) and thousands of edits to the customization of my theme.

          I use CommentLuv Premium plugin’s ReplyMe feature for those reply notification emails? Seems you loved them? didn’t you?

          • May 21, 2013 at 9:53 pm #

            Uh yeah, I am always hesitant to “follow comments”..I already have a full inbox, I don’t want to get even more…but I like to know if I get a response to my comment. So this is PERFECT!

  38. May 20, 2013 at 7:06 pm #

    Very helpful tut bro and thanks for sharing the plugin. For those who don’t want additional plugins, the Google Webmaster path is good to go

    Hope you have a wonderful week

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 20, 2013 at 8:19 pm #

      Hey Enstine, great to see ya here after long time.

      Right, Google Webmaster Tool is the way for those who already has a published page on Google and want to take that page out of search engines, but the plugin solution is to avoid SE to index the specific post/page from beginning.

      Thanks for your comment, you too!

  39. May 20, 2013 at 10:07 am #

    very useful tip to novice like me, thanks Ehsan.

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 20, 2013 at 4:17 pm #

      Hey Jeshal, how are you?

      • June 17, 2013 at 11:37 am #

        m cool, how about you Ehsan ?

        • Ehsan Ullah
          June 17, 2013 at 8:33 pm #

          Doing great!

          Have you read the welcome message yet?

  40. May 20, 2013 at 9:55 am #

    Hi Ehsan, I am glad to have read your tutorial. I am in the process of setting up my own eBook (its tough) and this will really help.

    I am happy that you detected the error but just think of the opt-ins you missed the last few weeks :( that’s can’t be retrieved.

    But all’s well that ends well :)

    Good luck!

    ~ Chitra

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 20, 2013 at 4:17 pm #

      Welcome to blogging Chitraparna, It’s your first comment here, isn’t it? Hope you liked what you see so far.

      Yep, guess I’ve missed so many valuable subscribers that way. Hope you’ll not! ;)

      What’s the topic of your eBook by the way?

  41. May 20, 2013 at 9:51 am #

    Nice tip Ehasn….If you want to disable Whole website to be crawled by Bots then simply go to Settings >> Readings and check the option “Discourage search engines from indexing this site”

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 20, 2013 at 4:14 pm #

      Good to see ya Vivek, why the heck we should disable whole blog to be crawled? Are you kidding me?

      • May 20, 2013 at 4:21 pm #

        Nope I am not kidding…I use many dummy sites to test the Code,Plugin or sometime theme.So its good to use that option….But Sorry for sharing this here..Generic Bloggers dont need this.

        • Ehsan Ullah
          May 20, 2013 at 5:57 pm #

          No I appreciate it Vivek, thanks for adding knowledge!

          I was kidding, not you! I just wanted you to comeback. See you’re back! ;)

  42. May 20, 2013 at 9:37 am #

    Hi Ehsan,

    I liked what you shared, though I’m still surprised as to how and why people skipped through the opt-in form and got the eBook…how did that happen?

    Frankly speaking, I had absolutely NO idea that sometimes we also need to deindex the pages, just as you mentioned here. But other than the eBook part and the reasons, would we need to deindex any other types of pages too?

    I surely need to bookmark this page and refer to whenever I come out with my eBook, which is a work in progress as well. You’ve given us all the details and a proper guideline how to go about and do what’s needed to remain hidden, which none of us would have ever imagined is required.

    Thanks for sharing this with us. Have a nice week ahead :)

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 20, 2013 at 4:13 pm #

      Hey Harleena, glad you liked what I shared.

      Every blogger who creates a page to redirect people to after they click on the confirmation link, they need to hide that page from Google – otherwise people will get the eBook without subscribing to their blog. But I didn’t do it.

      There are some other type of pages as well that need to be hided from Google. For example, a “Thank you” page that bloggers create to redirect first time commentators to, And some other type of personal and secret pages that you want only your loyal subscribers to get access to.

      Glad you found the post useful, have you launched your eBook yet?

      Thanks Harleena, hope to see ya back!

      • May 20, 2013 at 4:15 pm #

        Lessons to learn Ehsan :)

        Oh no…I’ve yet to get started writing it….poor time-management ;)

        • Ehsan Ullah
          May 20, 2013 at 5:54 pm #

          The moments like this when I shared knowledge with someone, and It actually helped their efforts, and they learned something from my writing, makes all the blogging efforts worth it, Harleena.

          It’s the perfect time Harleena! Tell me one thing? what’s on your blogging agenda this week? New post? Some quality comments on other blogs? Maybe to get few more likes and tweets yeah? Now what If I tell you start working on your eBook this week? Because It will help you in a lot of ways.

          And If you think the process is complicated, remember Ehsan is always here to help.

          • May 20, 2013 at 6:10 pm #

            It sure is Ehsan :)

            You guessed it write – I am sitting and writing my post for tomorrow, have a few pending comments left, a few more blogs to visit…ah…the list never ends. I like your point of starting the eBook this week and I might just go ahead and do it as you inspired me because it is on my to-do list since long.

            I know you are always there, and don’t worry – if you offer to help too much, I might just start troubling you too :)

          • Ehsan Ullah
            May 20, 2013 at 7:05 pm #

            Glad my comment inspired you Harleena. I hope you built your eBook plan already? Just like planning a blog, planning an eBook is also necessary before starting working on it.

            There’s one more thing on your to-do list as well! Guess what? Yep, guest posting! You need to give your time on guest posting too.

            I’m always ready to get troubled ;)

  43. May 20, 2013 at 6:07 am #

    The BEST ARTICLE on Guide and News Ehsan! Seriously…
    I’ve been looking for this for a while and I was so lazy about to learn how to deindex a page but you’ve come up with the right solution…

    And yeah… after a long time you came forward with some awesome articles here on this blog… I will also publish one today or tomorrow on mine.

    Keep rocking!

    • Ehsan Ullah
      May 20, 2013 at 7:10 am #

      Hey Shahzad, always great to have ya here buddy.
      Glad you found this tutorial useful, seems you had a page from your blog indexed on Google that had your eBook’s download link?

      Yep Shahzad, looking forward to your writing…
      … And keep on commenting here ;)