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1 hour ago, interstellarhaze said:

I would like to hide my entire squarespace website from search engines like google and bing, not just specific pages of the website.

You can temporarily hide a site during the build process by setting Site Availability to Private or Password Protected. For more information see Publishing or hiding your site.

Perhaps I misunderstood your question because it would be very unusual to want to hide a website indefinitely. Can you explain what you are trying to achieve?

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41 minutes ago, paul2009 said:

You can temporarily hide a site during the build process by setting Site Availability to Private or Password Protected. For more information see Publishing or hiding your site.

Perhaps I misunderstood your question because it would be very unusual to want to hide a website indefinitely. Can you explain what you are trying to achieve?

Hi,

You did not misunderstand the question. I wish to have the website accessible without a password, but I want to share the website only with specific people/organisations. I have an active interest in not being available through search engines.

Thanks.

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40 minutes ago, interstellarhaze said:

I have an active interest in not being available through search engines.

Assuming you are on a Business Plan or above, you can hide the entire site from search engines by adding a noindex tag to the Code Injection Header (in Settings > Advanced) with the following code snippet:

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

It is worth remembering that whilst this directive requests that search engines do not index your page, it does not guarantee it.

It also does not guarantee that a search engine will deindex the page if it has already been indexed. However, once Google recrawls a page and sees the directive, it should remove the page from their index. Of course this could take some time. 

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13 hours ago, creedon said:

It appears that you've entered the tag twice. One is formatted properly. The other is not.

Remove this text.

meta name="robots" content="noindex"

Keep this tag paul2009 provided.

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

Let us know how it goes.

Yes  found it. The wrong line I had added through the home page advanced menu. Solved now, thanks.

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