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Possum
Hi

I have pages that I don't want indexed by search engines

Can I put something in the page to stop the search engine Robots doing this...
For Example in the meta tag or header


Cheers Possum
Peterssidan
Meta tag that tells the bots not to index the page:
Code:
<meta name="robots" content="noindex, nofollow">

If you don't want the page indexed but still want the bot to follow links change nofollow to follow.

It's also possible to use the robots.txt file to prevent crawling. http://www.robotstxt.org/
LostOverThere
I use the robots.txt method. This way you can specify what files/directories you want to disallow robots from entering in a single text file. Here's how to do it:

Create a robots.txt file in your top level directory (in www/)

Code:
User-agent: *
Disallow: /phpBB/
Disallow: /images/
Disallow: /tmp/
Disallow: /private/


That will stop all robots entering, to disallow a single Search engine robot, do this:

Code:
User-agent: BadBot
Disallow: /random/


And so forth. Good Luck.
paskall
yeah you guys right, but if I were you, I wouldnot use

Quote:
User-agent: *
Disallow: /phpBB/
Disallow: /images/
Disallow: /tmp/
Disallow: /private/


in that case if ppl use this link to your robots.txt "http://yoursite.com/robots.txt", they would see your folder names and in that case they may use this direct link to for example your images "http://yoursite.com/images/".

I have written a topic, how to prepare a good robots.txt file, read it, it be helpful I believe.

On the other hand, don't forget only good robots would obey the commands in your robots.txt file. If you are storing e-mail addresses or private info about your clients or users etc. you should be more careful, robots.txt file may not be helpful for you. then I recommend you to make a new folder system, put all the folders inside a new one and keep the rest which you want to hide out of it, with a different name, private or imagfes are easy to guess, and insert the robots.txt inside the new folder, it only works for the same and sub level folders and files, if you keep your private files above it, they be safer.

Hope this be helpful.
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