blocking google from indexing my site

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my site is still a work in progress, i would refer to finish building it first and then launch it with its own domain. How do i block google from indexing my work in progress site and is it a good idea to do this from SEO point of view?
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Laura Thomas, Social Media Coordinator

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Hi txball,

In order to stop the search engines from indexing your site, you would need to be able to edit your robots.txt file, which requires access to the root directory of your site. Unfortunately this is not possible with a Yola website. Currently the only way to stop your sites from being indexed on Yola is to:

1. Password protect your site, you can find the steps to password protecting your site on this link: Adding Password Protection. None of the content that is behind the password protection will be indexed. The name of your site might still appear in the search results, but there will be no description of the contents.
2. Unpublish your site while you work on it so that the search engines don't index your published site.

I'll ask our SEO expert to weigh in here about the SEO implications of your choices.
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Hello txball,

I would say that the best thing to do would be to not publish it until it is finished if you don't want it indexed at this point. The instructions Laura gave you would work in terms of keeping the pages out of the index with the password protection. However, is there a reason that you want to have it published at this point and don't want to leave it unpublished until it is completed?

Kind Regards,
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i've been publishing it constantly while working on it, jest testing to see live layout etc
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Yola has a robust domain management panel.
You can add a free domain to your site, and keep your original domain parked elsewhere.
You can still check your live site using the free domain(
As soon as you finish, add your original domain.

This method is a bit stupid, but I used it while I'm building my site.