Saturday, February 2, 2008


For all of you that use Blogger to have a blog, that's good. You have read around about Search Engine Optimization and how to quickly index your blog to hit No#1 place on search engines. But! there are some people that want to keep their blog private or not indexed from search engines. How to do that? How can someone block Google or Yahoo or Ask or other search engines from indexing their blog? Can someone do it?

Yes, it can be done :-)

To do it follow the next steps :

1. Login to your blogger account and pick the blog that you want to keep out of the search engine indexes.
2. Go to your blog's Settings page and on the Basic page after you blog's description box, you will find a question: "Add your blog to our listings?"



Select "No" from the combo box next to this question.

What's next? You have to do a little more work in order to exlude search engines from indexing.
You have to put a directive on your blogger template source code to instruct any search engine robots that will be visiting your blog, to not index your blog and not to add it to their archive/cache area.

1. Go to your blog's template page
2. click on "Edit Html"
3. next to the <head> tag of the source code,


and paste the following lines:

<META HTTP-EQUIV="Pragma" CONTENT="no-cache">
<META HTTP-EQUIV="Expires" CONTENT="-1">
<META NAME="ROBOTS" CONTENT="NOINDEX, NOFOLLOW">
<META NAME=”GOOGLEBOT” CONTENT=”NOARCHIVE”>
<META NAME=”GOOGLEBOT” CONTENT=”noindex,nofollow”>


Then save your blogger template.

Explanation of what you just did:
<META HTTP-EQUIV="Pragma" CONTENT="no-cache">
<META HTTP-EQUIV="Expires" CONTENT="-1">
These lines instruct user browsers not to index/cache any page of your blog to their browser's cache

<META NAME="ROBOTS" CONTENT="NOINDEX, NOFOLLOW">
This line instructs any robot visiting your blog, not to index the blog's pages and not to follow any links that you have embedded in your blog.

<META NAME=”GOOGLEBOT” CONTENT=”NOARCHIVE”>
This line instructs GoogleBot to exclude from it's archive, your blog's pages.

<META NAME=”GOOGLEBOT” CONTENT=”noindex,nofollow”>
This line instructs GoogleBot robot visiting your blog, not to index the blog's pages and not to follow any links that you have embedded in your blog.

That's it. You will keep your blog off of search engines.

Even if your blog is already included in search engines, these metatags will instruct engines to exlude your blog from future indexes and you will remove your blog from their archive area.

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posted by med
11:43 AM

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