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Google says the best way to hide a website from search results is with a password, but there are other options you can consider.

This subject is spotlighted in the latest installment of the Ask Googlebot video series on YouTube.

Google’s John Mueller responds to a question asking how to prevent content from getting indexed in search, and whether that’s something websites are allowed to do.

“In short, yes you can,” Mueller says.

There are three ways to hide a website from search results:

  • Use a password
  • Block crawling
  • Block indexing

Websites can either opt out of indexing altogether, or they can get indexed and hide content from Googlebot by using a password.

Blocking content from Googlebot is not against webmaster guidelines, as long as it’s blocked to users at…

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