When you’re ready to publish your publication, it’s important to think about the level of access individuals have. In this article, we’ll talk about the different options to make sure your publication can or can’t be accessed through search engines.
In this article
- Deciding if your publications should be indexed by search engines
- Preventing entire publications from showing up
- Preventing individual pages from showing up
- Removing your Foleon content from search engine result pages
Deciding if your publications should be indexed by search engines
Foleon publications are optimized for search engines and openly accessible by default.
If your publication is only meant for colleagues or contains sensitive information, you probably don’t want visitors to be able to find it through search engines. You can prevent this from happening by denying search engine access. This will prevent your publication from showing up on search engine result pages.
Important note: Search engine access can be setup for entire publications or for individual pages.
Preventing entire publications from showing up on search engine result pages
If you want to prevent an entire publication from being indexed by search engines, you can set this up by opening a publication and navigating to Publication settings > Marketing.
Here, you’ll find a switch called Deny search engine access. If you switch this on, your publication will block search engine crawlers from crawling its content and thus prevent the entire publication from showing up on search engine result pages.
Preventing individual pages from showing up on search engine result pages
If you want to prevent individual pages from being indexed by search engines, you can set this up by by opening a publication, going to that specific page and navigating to Page settings > SEO.
Here, you’ll find a switch called Hide this page from search engines. If you switch this on, this page will block search engine crawlers from crawling its content and thus prevent this specific page from showing up on search engine result pages.
Important note: To get the changes live you need to republish your publication.
Removing your Foleon content from Google’s search engine result pages
If you’ve accidentally published a private publication without denying search engine access, you can prevent further issues by opening the publication and navigating to Publication settings > Marketing, switching on Deny search engine access, and republishing your publication.
However, search engines (like Google) will probably already have indexed your publication which means it can still show up on search engine result pages. Only once your publication is indexed again, search engines will see that it’s not supposed to be indexed and will remove it from its results. However, it will take a while before search engines refresh their indexing of your publication.
You can speed this up by forcing Google to reindex the URL of your publication.
Google has a tool called Webmasters (or Search Console) that allows you to monitor, manage and test URLs. You can set up (or access) an account here:
https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/dashboard (you’ll need a Google account).
Insert the URL of the publication you want to be indexed and click Add a property. Next, go to the tab Alternate methods > HTML tag.
Copy the <meta> tag and send this to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject "Meta code for Google" with a link to the preview of the publication you want to be reindexed along with your contact details (preferably your phone number).
We’ll add the meta tag to your publication and will contact you when this has been done. Afterward, you can republish the publication and then head to the Alternate methods again and click on Verify.
This should show a message similar to this (with the URL of your publication):
This means, you have now verified that you’re the owner of this URL. Click Continue to go back to the Search Console dashboard.
Next, you can start removing URLs from Google. In the left side menu, navigate to Google Index > Remove URL.
Here, you’ll be able to remove URLs from Google’s search engine results pages. Click on Temporarily hide, enter the URL of your publication, and click on Continue.
This will submit a request to Google to hide your publication from the search results.
Now, you'll have to wait until the request status changes from “Pending” to "Removed". This can take up to a few hours.
Please note that it can still take several weeks for your publication’s URL to drop in the search results. This is due to a worldwide synchronization beyond your (and our) control.
In some cases, you might even need to set the publication offline while the request is pending, so that Google thinks that the website does not exist, and you’ll need to republish the publication after the removal request has been processed.
Read more about setting a publication offline in our article: About publication context menus.