How can I keep my site off any search engine?

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How can I keep my site off any search engine so that it is private and can only be reached if typed in correct web address?

Usually everyone wants their site on google but this is a site for a few people I know and I'd like it to remain private. It a cute website that is dedicated for my fav family/bff's but their afraid of getting personal info on the web...Anyway you can help?

Thx,
Roja
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Hello ninjawolfangel,

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 so that the search engines don't index your published site. However, this would defeat the purpose of having a site, so we recommend the first option.

I hope this information is helpful to you. If you have any further questions, please let me know.
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Andi North, Mangopear Media

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Hello all,

Sanja, could ninjawolfangel not just add the following HTML code to every page?

This would stop the robots from indexing and following the site?

Andi
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Adding HTML won't work, you have to edit the robots.txt file, which is located at the root level of a site, such as 'example.com/robots.txt'. Since we can't upload/edit files at the root level, you can't change the file's contents.
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Thanks for explaining this Parthiv!
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Parthiv

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Sure!