Sometimes you may want to hide a page from search engines to keep away unwanted users or to protect your privacy. We understand how important this can be and we want to show you how you can hide pages from search engines on your site. In this video we will show you how to hide a WordPress page from Google without affecting your site’s SEO.
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Summary of this tutorial:
We have two methods we would recommend for achieving this, the first being using Yoast SEO and the second being editing your robots.txt.
For this method we would recommend installing the Yoast SEO plugin:
If you would like to view our article for how to set up the Yoast plugin you can view that here:
With the plugin activated you will have an area at the bottom of your post or page editor specifically for the Yoast plugin.
Click on the Advanced Settings, set the dropdown to noindex and set the Meta robots follow to nofollow.
With the changes saved you will now have code added to the page you want hidden that tells search engines not to follow or index the page.
For this method you will need to edit the robots.txt file for your site.
This file is in your site’s root directory and you would either need to use FTP or your host’s file manager to edit it.
-Password protect a post or page
If you want to ensure the post or page can’t be seen by search engines you can password protect it rather than request it not be indexed.
When you edit the post or page, in the Visibility option if you click edit you will be able to change it to Password protected and set the password.
Now anyone trying to view the page including the search engines will need the password before being able to view the content.