Ensuring a Page is NOT Indexed by Search Engines

    March 19, 2007

Dear Kalena…

I want to publish a private page on the web, that only I and a few other people will use. How can I ensure that this page is NOT picked up by search engines?

It will be a wiki style page, so there may be lots of content which could be indexed by the Search Engines. This is what I want to avoid.

Many thanks for your help,


Kalena’s Answer:

Dear Fintan

There are a few ways to achieve this:

1) Use a Robots META tag in the page HTML and include "no index" in the tag.

2) Disallow the page in your robots.txt file.

3) Create the page in a sub-folder and password protect the folder so only persons with a login can view it. If your host uses CPanel, you can set this up yourself using WebProtect.