This post is the first in a series of How to Fix DIY Website Mistakes. (And other kinds of online biz tools mistakes).
As a DIYer, I make mistakes that cost time and probably money. Or make me a bit anxious.
You, lucky DIYer, can learn from my mistakes and not make them yourself.
The other day, I googled my website and noticed that some of my unlinked Squarespace pages were showing up in Google search engine results.
For example, I had created a sample page for a video series I was doing called Practice Makes Perfect.
That silly picture up there is a screenshot of what the page looks like.
Yikes. No thank you.
After some googling and researching, I've come up with the 4 steps I need to take to make sure the pages I don't want showing up in a Google search are hidden.
- Delete any unused pages. I can probably delete the Practice Makes Perfect Page. In fact, right after this blog post, I will. Bye bye silly page.
- Disable pages I want to keep but not use right now. Here's how to disable a page on Squarespace.
- Password Protect pages. I'll have to make sure that if these are being shared through a video series or challenge, that I share that password to my email subscribers. Here's how to password protect your page.
Most importantly - if I have a page that I want to make available to email subscribers without password protecting it, I need to add code to the advanced section of the Page Configuration setting.
This is the code:
<meta name="robots" content="noindex">
And this is where you put it.
There is more to do, but we'll stop here because I have to go delete, disable, password protect and add code to my unlinked pages. Oi yoi yoi.