Hide Buddypress pages from google serch.
You can add this to your robots.txt file:
User-agent: * Disallow: /members/
Feel free to add more fields for the different areas of BuddyPress.
Note that it doesn’t guarantee Googlebot et al won’t index these pages, it just requests that they don’t.
Perhaps read Google’s FAQ for details:
@nithin270 – any changes you make for search spiders is going to take weeks (at minimum) before they are reflected in the search results.
I suggest doing some robots.txt additions (will list mine below) – however realize that long ago google made a decisions that even if your robots.txt says to disallow crawling something, if another page on the web links to your subpage that is blocked by robots.txt, it will still show the url in the search results – but have a description something like “this sites robots.txt prevents google from displaying description of this result”.
There has been debate about that decision, but it is what it is.
The only way to really prevent a page showing up in results is to hide it behind a password (like htpasswd) – however google does normally remove results if that page (or header info of images) includes “noindex” in the head of the page (there is a tricky way to add this to images – it was pointed out to me in the google webmaster forums)
given that bp pages like members are kind of pseudo pages, using something like yoast (currently as far as I know) – will not give you an option to add noindex, nofollow to your member pages..
you may be able to modify the code I got from wpmudev that checks “if is member page, then add meta description as…” –
( http://premium.wpmudev.org/forums/topic/bp-meta-tite-description-for-groups-and-members-pages#post-806736 )
to… also check “if is members page” – then add “meta name=”robots” content “noindex, nofollow”..
(something like that)
that should remove your members pages next time google crawls your site and the crawlers send the info back to the main algo/index..
I think there is a way to log into google webmaster tools if you have claimed /verified your site and click on urls to ask the big G to remove them as well. (I have not messed with that stuff in a while )
I also suggest adding a robots.txt file similar to this:
to prevent some other quirky indexing issues with bp.
If your member profile stuff is sacred, then I would hunt the forums here for what others have been messing with that prevents profile info from being displayed if a user is not logged in… as there are plenty of indexing spiders that will not follow the robots.txt or robots index rules in <head> – in fact some specifically look for these things and purposely crawl and scrape stuff that is blocked –
Disclaimer: I am not an expert, not a real coder. Research these things with other sources, your situation may vary.
Thanks a lot djsteveb, danbp and Henry. I updated my robots.txt. Let’s wait for some days.
That list looks like it would keep people from sighing up and logging in. Em I wrong?
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