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#1 DrMarie

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Posted 24 August 2009 - 07:03 AM

I'm working on a new site that I don't want Google to see (until I am done). However, I'd like to start a blog so that I can get some interest stirring. If I don't put any links to or from my site will this ensure that search engines don't pick it up? Or do I need to put nofollow meta tags for the robots?

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#2 Jill

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Posted 24 August 2009 - 07:13 AM

Just exclude it via your robots.txt file.

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Posted 24 August 2009 - 07:14 AM

QUOTE(Jill @ Aug 24 2009, 08:13 AM) View Post
Just exclude it via your robots.txt file.


ah, that makes sense. Thank you.

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Posted 24 August 2009 - 08:47 AM

So, I've been reading about robots.txt. It seems that using the Allow command is controversial. What is the best way for me to disallow all of my site except for the blog?

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Posted 24 August 2009 - 08:58 AM

It would probably be easier to put the robots=noindex,nofollow meta on the pages you don't want indexed.

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Posted 24 August 2009 - 09:04 AM

Why don't you just put a password protection on the blog directory. Google picks up from so many different sources I wouldn't trust a Robots.txt but I would trust a server sided password smile.gif

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Posted 24 August 2009 - 09:07 AM

QUOTE(2Clean @ Aug 24 2009, 10:04 AM) View Post
Why don't you just put a password protection on the blog directory. Google picks up from so many different sources I wouldn't trust a Robots.txt but I would trust a server sided password smile.gif


It is actually the blog directory that I want to be indexed. It's the rest of the site that I want to hide from search engines until the site is finished.

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Posted 24 August 2009 - 09:56 AM

okay, reverse it out smile.gif

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Posted 24 August 2009 - 11:18 AM

Makes sense...I could put a password protect in the header on each page.

Actually, would this be good for SEO purposes? That way Google can still index my page and then by the time I am ready to launch I have had a few months of Google exposure.

(Thank you so much for this help btw!)

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Posted 24 August 2009 - 07:29 PM

OK, so I have been reading about using .htaccess to password protect but it seems that it protects everything in the directory. Is there a way to use .htaccess to password protect the public directory but allow the blog directory (which is in the public directory)?

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Posted 25 August 2009 - 01:06 AM

I think what you want to do is set the blog up on its own domain or subdomain and that way you can use robots.txt to block the main site until it's ready.




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