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I'm not done developing a web site (and pages).  How to prevent it from showing up in google results?

Posted on 2015-01-26
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I started developing a web site but it's not ready for rollout.
How can I prevent my web site domain and pages from showing up in web results?
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by:Dave Baldwin
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Don't tell anyone.  Google only finds web sites that are advertised or announce somehow.  The Googlebot follows links just like everyone else.  You can also add a 'robots.txt' to the root of your site that tells Googlebot that you don't want it.  http://www.robotstxt.org/robotstxt.html
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by:Jason C. Levine
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You can also password protect the live site (example: .htaccess/.htpasswd) which will keep everything out. You can also restrict access to the live site by IP address.
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Marc Alonso earned 500 total points
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Hi brothertruffle880,

The easiest way is to create a robots.txt file and upload it. Basically it tells the bots not to crawl/index the site. Also, for the time being, don't post the site address anywhere or submit it to Google until you are ready otherwise it will index it and list it and will take a while for it to reindex and show the data once you are done. You're better off waiting until it is complete to submit it.

When you are done, submit it to Google by going to this link http://www.google.com.au/submityourcontent/website-owner/ and click on the first line - Add your URL – Submit your website for inclusion in Google's index

I have created the robots.txt file for you.

Download the attached file and upload it to the root directory on your site.

Hope this helps :)
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by:brothertruffle880
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Hi Marc:  Where is the robots.txt file.  I can't find it.
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by:Marc Alonso
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Sorry I forgot to attach it :(
robots.txt
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Thanks Marc!
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