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Hiding Files from Search Engines

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This is actually really quite difficult but in practice:

1. robots.txt would tell the search engines where not to index  - so you could put all your PDFs inside a folder and then exclude that folder. Problem is that users could just look at robots.txt and find where you are hiding them.

2. Remove from site-map will again stop it being indexed in Google.

3. Don't put them on a server!!

4. I don't know if you add a digital product in SquareSpace in a shop whether this means that the product is not added to a sitemap or included in Google Search (I would be interested to know that).

For me the best way to protect files on a traditioanl server is to use htacess and hard-code a password protect on the folder at the server level. No-one gets in.

Hope this helps somehow.

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In the unlinked in the back section of your site, you create a file, upload the pdf into the file, and create a link for the pdf. that you can then use in a button, or in any communications (blog post, email, page)  on your site so that, one someone clicks on the active link, your pdf will open.

Here's a good YouTube video that shows us how it's done: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgZL9cBXckk

Hope that helps!

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