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How to Prevent Search Engine Bots

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If you’re looking for a way to prevent a page on your website from being indexed by search engines you can use a simple meta tag in the section.

This meta tag prevents all search engines from indexing your page:

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

This meta tag prevents only Google from indexing your page:

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

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Ryan Burgess

Ryan Burgess is a Manager, UI Engineering at Netflix in San Francisco, California. Previously at Evernote. Listen to Ryan on the Front End Happy Hour podcast. He's also the creator of, an online-based arts and culture magazine that focuses on graffiti and tattoo art.

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