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Hiding Web Sites

I have two tips today – the first is for the web developers out there; the second is for the shoppers.

HTML Code to Stop Search Engines
This week I wanted to create a semi-private portion of my web site. It wasn’t worth creating a password-protected section, but I wanted the next best thing. Obviously one trick is to create a new page and not link to it. One added step is to include html code to the page that will stop the spiders from including your page(s) in their search database. Here it is:

To stop spiders from indexing a specific page use this html tag in the page between the <head> and </head> tags:
<META NAME=”robots” CONTENT=”noindex,follow”> if you want the spiders to follow the links on the page.

Or: <META NAME=”robots” CONTENT=”noindex,nofollow”> if you do not want the spiders to follow links on the page.

Time to Shop?
Minnesota Rural Partners has created a web site of local shops – many of them sell products and services online. Check it out for some creative shopping ideas that will help support our local small businesses. There are instructions to add your shop to the list too.

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