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    say you have a personal blog, how do you NOT get it listed on search engines?

    see i want to be online, but i only want people to see my blog if i have provided a link. i do want people to visit but not uninvited so i dont want it to show up on search engines at all.

    i have backlinks because of comments, signatures in forums, etc but i dont want that to up my pr or serps. i want to put my real name on my blog but not let it be found that way through search engines. how? spaces between letters? i dont think so...

    main goal: i dont want my name in a search to lead to my blog.

    what can i do to prevent that?

    thank you to anyone who can help!

  • #2
    You use a robots.txt file ...

    http://www.robotstxt.org/wc/robots.html

    Only guaranteed for "honest" robots, like Googlebot.

    The only other way to guarantee private visits would
    be to use PHP to create a log-in script, with a password
    to view your site. .... or .htaccess might be a way.

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    • #3
      heres the thing, i use blogger... so........ thats a big problem for me right there. i dont have access to any of that stuff. i am without funds to buy my own anything at the moment.

      BUT, its not entirely impossible is it? i could write a php file and host it externally then link to it from my blog? maybe use a redirect? is my thinking going in the right direction? tell me either way so i know what path to pursue.

      is it possible? thats the question, then we can talk about how.

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      • #4
        you can use a meta tag. I did a quick google search and it seems you can stop robots with a meta tag in your page, but I can't figure out how the tag should be formed to accomplish it.

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        • #5
          Code:
          <meta name="robots" content="NoIndex, NoFollow" />
          If you are not using Strict document type, drop the slash at the end.
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          • #6
            how sure is using the meta tag? does it work for all?

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            • #7
              Meta tage : most of the time work

              its true bots creep in even if u have robots.txt telling them not to..try No cache as well in meta tags...make the content page look expire via meta tags..so bots take it a dead page as well...
              Move on....

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              • #8
                Originally posted by belledumonde View Post
                main goal: i dont want my name in a search to lead to my blog.

                what can i do to prevent that?
                you could only show your name as an image ... (just an image with your name in the same font and decoration as the part of your page where you put it.)
                Posting guidelines I use to see if I will spend time to answer your question : http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by raf View Post
                  you could only show your name as an image ... (just an image with your name in the same font and decoration as the part of your page where you put it.)
                  so funny, i was JUST ABOUT to say that.

                  any other ways?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by belledumonde View Post
                    any other ways?
                    yes. you can basically use every technique that is used to prevent bots from harvesting email adresses. like using a small javascript to generate and print your name (so that it's rendered but not as such part of the code --> like a jscript that prints far backwards).
                    Posting guidelines I use to see if I will spend time to answer your question : http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by raf View Post
                      you could only show your name as an image ... (just an image with your name in the same font and decoration as the part of your page where you put it.)
                      Not a good idea. Images without alt tags become an accessibility issue. You need to have them, which puts you right back where you started.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by vinyl-junkie View Post
                        Not a good idea. Images without alt tags become an accessibility issue. You need to have them, which puts you right back where you started.
                        well, i live in a free country where there is no law that says your alt-tag needs to contain your name. if he has an <img alt="my name" ...> then this is perfectly fine, especially if he only want to allow a select public, which he invites, to see his pages.
                        Posting guidelines I use to see if I will spend time to answer your question : http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html

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                        • #13
                          yes, i dont see why i need to put my name in the alt tag of the image. i think "my name" would be fine. it is still a descriptive alternative text for the image.

                          i think using javascript is something i'll look into. thanks for the suggestion raf!

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                          • #14
                            If you read earlier what belledumonde wrote

                            see i want to be online, but i only want people to see my blog if i have provided a link.
                            belledumonde is giving access and guiding URL manually. So..i agree.. ALT tag is not required coz user already knows what they are about to see.
                            Move on....

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by raf View Post
                              well, i live in a free country where there is no law that says your alt-tag needs to contain your name.
                              I never said that his alt tag needed to have his name. Perhaps you need to re-read my previous post. It's a best practice as well as accessibility issue to have them. If he chooses to ignore such advice, he's certainly free to do so.
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