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The Ultimate Guide to Hiding Webpages from Indexation (Part 1): Setting Indexation Rules

September 5th, 2013 | Vitaly Gonkov

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Indexation of site pages is what search engine optimization process starts with. Letting engine bots access your content signifies that your pages are ready for visitors and you want them to show up in SERP, so all-embracing indexation sounds like a huge benefit at first sight.

However, there may be cases when you can get more value from keeping certain pages of your site out of indexes.  This post covers the main cases when it's more prudent to hide your content from search engine's attention.

And the first question is:

 

Which pages of a site should't be indexed by Google?

There are a number of reasons you would want to hide your pages from search engines' crawlers. Among them are:

  • Privacy

Protecting content from direct search traffic is a must when a page holds personal information, confidential company details, information about alpha products, users' profiles info, private correspondence, registration or credential requirements. Read more »