Semalt: Block Access To Your Site Content With Meta Tags And Robots.txt Files

Jason Adler, the Semalt Customer Success Manager, says that it's possible to control what is being shared with Bing, Yahoo, and Google when you keep the data secure and don't share it on the internet. The data that you need to keep secret includes contact information, PayPal ID, credit card details, usernames, and passwords. You should block this type of information from being indexed in Google and other search engines. When it comes to blocking the URLs of your site, it's possible for you to stop Google and other search engines from crawling certain pages or articles. It means when people go through the search results, they will not see and navigate to the URLs that have been blocked. Also, they won't be able to access its content, and you can stop lots of articles from being seen in Google's search results. Here is how to block access to your website content:

Block the search indexing with meta tags: You can easily block pages from appearing in search engines when you use the non-index meta tags on your site's HTML code. Googlebot crawls pages that don't have this meta tag and will drop your specific pages from its search results due to it. Let us here tell you that this meta tag will work only when your robots.txt file has not be altered.

Block URLs with robots.txt files: Robots.txt file is situated in the root of your website and indicates the portion of your website that you don't want search engine crawlers and spiders to index. It makes use of the Robots Exclusion Standard, which is a protocol with a set of commands indicating where and how the web crawlers will access your site. Robots.txt also helps prevent the images from showing up in the search results but does not disallow users from linking your site to their own pages. You should bear in mind the limitations and restrictions of robots.txt files before you edit it. Some mechanisms make sure that the URLs are blocked properly. The instructions of robots.txt are directives, which mean they cannot enforce the behavior of web crawlers. All crawlers interpret syntax in their own ways, and the robots.txt files cannot prevent the references to your link from the other websites. Google is good to follow the directives of robots.txt files, but it may not be possible for the search engine to index a blocked website because of its policies.

Opt out of Google Local and Google Properties: You can block your content from being displayed on different Google properties once it has been indexed. This includes Google Local, Google Flights, Google Shopping, and Google Hotels. When you select to opt out of being displayed in all these outlets, your content that was crawled will not be listed or updated. Any article that is displayed on any of these platforms will get removed in 30 days after opting out.

Conclusion:

It's important to hide the less valuable and useful content from your visitors. If your website has the similar topics in multiple places, that could leave a negative impression on search engines and your visitors. That's why you should hide all those pages and don't let the search engines index them. Get rid of the content from third-party. You have to get rid of the third party content that is not valuable to your site at any cost. Don't let Google see that you are sharing content of third-party as the search engine will see less value in your site in that case. When you have copied content from a large number of sites, Google may penalize you, and you can block the duplicate articles to improve your Google ranks.