How You Can Hide/Noindex A WordPress Page From Google and Other Search Engines
As you already know how renowned and powerful WordPress is. But here is the one most amazing thing about WordPress is its hiding feature. WordPress allows you to hide/noindex a particular page and post from Google and other search engines (Bing, Yahoo etc.).
So let’s see how to hide a WordPress page from Google. Sometimes you want to keep unwanted users away and sometimes you want some privacy from search engines. Whatever your reason behind hiding or noindex a page or post you can do it easily with WordPress.
And later if you feel like you can public that particular page or post then you can also do it without facings any hassle.
In today’s blog post I am going to introduce two different methods that allow you to hide/noindex your WordPress pages and posts. But apart from these a method, I will also share how you can protect your WordPress posts with a password.
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When And Why You Need To Hide/Noindex WordPress Page From Search Engines
Several reasons enforce you to hide a particular page from your website. As I have mentioned above it could be for security or privacy or maybe you just want to hide some information concealed from the general public.
In any case, you would not want your action to affect the rankings of your website you can hide it from customers. Because if something is not like by user, it might affect the SEO, raking of your website.
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SEO is quite important especially if you have a website for your business. Because any kind of irrelevant content might become the reason for poor SEO rankings of your website.
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Ways On How To Hide A WordPress Page From Google and Other Search Engines
1st Method: – Hide or Noindex A WordPress Page From Search Engines By Using Yoast SEO Plugin
This plugin comes with a lot of features for enhancing SEO including an easy to use system which allows you to turn on or off Nondex and Unfollow. But for this, you need to install this (Yoast) amazing plugin.
Step 1. Go to the WordPress dashboard
Step 2. Make a click on plugins and add new
Step 3. Now you’ll see the search box which is located at the top right, enter Yoast SEO.
Step 4. Make a click on the install button.
Step 5. Once you successfully installed the plugin, you need to go to the page/post that you want to hide/noindex from search engines.
Step 6. Now you need to scroll down to the Yoast SEO meta box and need to make click on the advanced setting button.
Step 7. Here you will see two options (Yes/No) click on and hide your page/post for search engines.
Step 8. At last, just save the changes.
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2nd Method: – Noindex or Hide A WordPress Page From Search Engines By Using Robots.txt
If you don’t want to install a plugin and would want to do it all by yourself, then you can it by using robots.txt file in the control panel of your hosting account. It is a file that is located in the root directory of your website that provides your instructions to Google and other search engine bots on which posts and pages to crawl.
Step 1. To start, you need to login to your hosting account’s cPannel and need to click the file manager icon located under the file section.
Step 2. Now you’ll land in the navigation menu and on the left-hand side of your screen, you will see public_html. You have to make a click on it.
Step 3. After this, you’ll need to locate see robots.txt and make a click on edit from the menu at the top of your screen.
Step 4. Now text editor like notepad will open in front of you. You can edit robots.txt file by connecting your site by using File Manager or FTP client in your WordPress hosting cPanel.have to delete any existing text and need to copy and paste the following code.
Step 5. After that, you’ll need to add this text to your robots.txt file.
Let’s talk with an example. Suppose this is the URL you want to hide from your website http://www.example.com/2020/3/pricing-page/.
This is how it looks like when you add this URL to your robots.txt file.
Step 6. At last, you’ll need to save changes and upload robots.txt file back to your server.
Edit Robot.txt file with Yoast SEO Plugin
You have already installed Yoast SEO plugin now you can easily edit robot.txt file in just a few clicks. Let’s how:
Step 1. Open your WordPress dashboard and click on Yoast
Step 2. On the left-hand side, you’ll see a menu, in that menu, you will need to click on “Tools”
Step 3. Now you will land on the next page where you need to make a click on “File editor”.
Step 4. Now you able to make changes to the file.
Step 5. At last, save your changes ad publish
3rd Method: – Password Protect Your Page or content
The third way to hide/noindex your WordPress page from Google and other search engines are passwords protect. WordPress comes with the inbuilt password protection feature. With this, you can hide your page or post without using any plugin.
Step 1. You need to navigate to the page that you desired to protect and need to go to the publish box.
Step 2. Then click the link labeled “edit” located next to the visibility option.
Step 3. Now you need to select the Password protected option and have to fill in your password in the empty input box.
Step 4. Now its time to make a click on the publish button. Once it got publish only users who know about the password will be able to view your page.
I know your WordPress site is an essential part of your online business and you don’t want to take any chance to let it down. But some times it might happen because of some pages or posts.
So it is good to hide that particular page or post from search engines like Google. This blog post will help you to know how to hide a WordPress page from Google.
Just go through with every mentioned method and step and hide or noindex the page and post which creates huddle to achieve the designed raking on all search engine.