Hiding the Good Stuff so Visitors HAVE to Subscribe!

by EndGame 8 replies
Hi gang,

I'm waiting on the golden card of magic to arrive (my Paypal topup card) and I have got my finger on the getresponse button for when the card slips through my letterbox. Yes, I am going to get a P.O. box address and start my lists.

My question is, if I have some pages of content that I don't want to be indexed in the big G and other search engines what do I do? Is it a robots.txt file? What if I only want to stop specific pages being indexed? I don't understand the robots.txt concept too well, does that only allow you to hide the entire website? I've done some research on it but haven't found any useful "step-by-step for idiots" tutorials which I might need.

I want to keep specific pages safe and secret from SE's because I only want my subscribers to see them.

Can anyone jump in and "help a brother out?"

Thanks in advance.

Alex
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary Huynh
    Putting all your pages that you want protected inside a directory and password protect that directory is another option if you don't want to mess with the robots.txt file.

    Here is how to protect certain directories from being crawled and indexed:
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    • Profile picture of the author EndGame
      Thanks very much. Stupid question....... what are people referring to when they say "directories" when talking about robots.txt?
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      • Profile picture of the author Louis Raven
        Hi,

        If you only want your subscribers to see them then you can't expect any traffic/love from Google.

        You can either password protect a directory (website/pages) using free and/or paid membership scripts/ services.

        Or, you can add a NoIndex meta tag to each individual page you don't want google to index. But, using the meta tag method will only keep google bots out and stop them from indexing your stuff. If someone types the URL they can still see the content.

        Amember.com is a membership service that keeps prying eyes away but is very costly for "most". There's other free ways to password protect your site but I'm not sure on there effectiveness.

        PM if you need more info.

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        • Profile picture of the author ExRat
          Hi,

          Thanks very much. Stupid question....... what are people referring to when they say "directories" when talking about robots.txt?
          Directory means the same as 'folder' in terms of stuff on your hosting account. In this instance, they mean put the files in a folder (aka directory) and password protect it.
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          • Profile picture of the author EndGame
            Thanks everyone for the help. Its been very sueful, far more useful than my hosting's 24/7 support, who told me I'd need to contact Google if I didn't want my page indexed.
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          • Profile picture of the author lawton3920
            Originally Posted by ExRat View Post

            Hi,



            Directory means the same as 'folder' in terms of stuff on your hosting account. In this instance, they mean put the files in a folder (aka directory) and password protect it.
            Good answer ExRat and yup that will do the trick alright.
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            • Profile picture of the author Roy Carter
              Alex - Check out DLGuard for the best way of protecting your stuff from prying eyes.

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              • Profile picture of the author David-JP
                There's 2 ways you can look at protected content.
                Walled Garden - all content is protected, usually in its own directory.
                Magazine Model - teaser text is shown, but the rest of the content is protected.

                I've used amember to do both of these models, with wordpress or joomla handling the content on them. You can see my sig for a demo of a magazine model site.

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