How to Hide a (Squarespace) Page from Search Engine Results

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.

 
Click on the gear icon (looks like a sun).

Click on the gear icon (looks like a sun).

Click on the advanced section and paste the code like you see above.  Don't forget to click save.

Click on the advanced section and paste the code like you see above.  Don't forget to click save.

 

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.


Kath O'Malley

Hi, I’m Kath - author of this blog post (and others like it) and copywriter, editor, keyword researcher and website setter upper for Squarespace web designers and service-based entrepreneurs and freelancers. Team up with me to get your web design projects done, like yesterday.