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I need to make individual pages within a public site non indexable and followable in search engines. Do I need to make a specific template for this? Can I use the html meta tag no index, no follow or do I need special aspx code?
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by:Ted Bouskill
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Sharepoint will respect those meta tags.  Sharepoint will also respect the robots.txt file if you have one in the root of a site.
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Ok, but I'm talking about individual pages within a subsite, not site-wide. I'm assuming since they are all template based that I need to create a custom master page with the meta tags and apply that template to the pages?
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Well the robots.txt file at the root site can define sub-sites to ignore.  All search engines will respect it.

You can hide an entire site using the Site settings in the web UI for a site.

If you do not want to robots.txt then you have to customize the master page for specific pages.
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc721591(office.12).aspx

PS: From your question it seemed like you were asking about a non-Sharepoint site.
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Ok....can you point me to a robots.txt example that would hide a specific subsite within a collection?

I see I didn't mention SharePoint in the question itself, but I thought it was implicit in the thread title.
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I thought you were using Sharepoint search on a non-Sharepoint site.  No worries.

On the link I gave you it had a link to information about the robots.txt file.
http://www.robotstxt.org/robotstxt.html

For information specific to Sharepoint 2003 & 2007 go to the bottom of this page.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/837847
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