How to keep Google from displaying all my pages?

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How do I keep Google from displaying the links to my off-navigation pages (test pages, and pages in progress)?
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Sister

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Gop

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Hello Sister,

You can use password protection on those pages and this puts a block up for the Google bot that indexes pages in your site. There will probably be some delay though until the existing indexed pages disappear from the Google index but it should happen after the next time the bot comes around for inspection. For any brand new pages that you may create you are best to add password protection as early as possible.
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Thank you! I did it just now, and will watch for the change. Thanks for the reminder to start out new pages this way as well.

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Hello Sister,

Another idea that would also work is adding the following to the header of each each page that you do not want any robot to index:

<meta name="robots" content="noindex">


To prevent just Google robots from indexing your page: When Google sees this mega tag, they will drop the page from their search results.

<meta name="googlebot" content="noindex">


You can also manually request them to be removed from within Google webmaster tools. Here is a link with more information about it: https://support.google.com/webmasters...
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Gop

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Unfortunately users don't have access to an individual yola page header; only the site header and placing this code in the site header could prevent indexing of the entire site.
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Gop is right. Please make use of the password protection functionality to keep particular pages from search engines.
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Thank you all for your advice. I set up the password protect three days ago for certain pages. Just now I Googled my site and those page still come up in the list, however, they don't open without the password. I'm still hoping that they won't show up on the list at all.

Do you think deleting keywords and description might help? Thanks again.

Click here to see my Yola site.
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Hello Sister

If you have published your website without password protection before, it will take a while for search engines to update their data of your pages which are now password-protected. What you can see right now is what they saved about your pages in their databases. This is unfortunately beyond our control, but it should be a question of time until your pages won't show up with search engines any more.