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Web Designing for Selective Search Engine Indexing

If you are a web developer or designer and have some pages on your website that you don’t want the search engines to index how do you do it?

Method-1: Most search engines will not index the pages if you use the following metatag in the head section of the page.

meta content=”noindex,nofollow” name=”robots”

Method-2: This is a sure method for all the search engines. Here we have to use a robot text file (robots.txt) and it should be located in the root directory. You can reach the article with the URL www.yourwebsite.com

The robots.txt file has two main components. They are,

  • User-agent:*
  • Disallow: /

The asterisk applies to all the search engines. While using the disallow function one can specify the files not to be indexed like shown in the following examples.

  • Disallow: /data checks/
  • Disallow: /cgi-bin/
  • Disallow: datachecks.htm

It is also possible to specify the names of spiders if we know them. While referring to directories please make sure that a slash is put both before and after.

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About Rajeev R

Rajeev R

Manages the day-to-day operations of MOS from NY. With an interest in information technology, Rajeev has guided MOS to extensive use of digital technology and the internet that benefits MOS as well as MOS clients.