Sunday, July 6, 2008

Turning Pages Off In Build A Niche Stores

If you are in the admin section and click on store or content pages, you have seen the ability to turn pages off or on. By default they are all on, but you might wonder what instances you would want them off. Perhaps you do not want a page to show up in the navigation tree for one. Lots of BANS stores prefer to list their Sitemap and Privacy Policy Pages in the footer. You can achieve this by turning off those pages and manually adding them into the footer section of the template as these pages are not so important to the surfer. The only bad thing about turning off pages is that they will not show in your xml sitemap and will not be picked up by the search engines unless you have a link on your site pointing to that page or a link from another site pointing to that page.

Another instance where you might use this is if you have a thank you page that only gets seen after a contact form is filled out and the submit button is pushed. Once again this page would never be seen by the search engines or even need to be seen. You also might create your own 404 error page that need not be indexed as well.

Make sure when creating any content or store page, you decide right then if you are going to want the SERPS to see it, because if it is left on it will be in the sitemap and COULD be indexed at any time.

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BunnyB on July 6, 2008 at 5:05 PM said...

Hey, another helpful post, thanks! So is turning pages off until you're sure they're ready to be seen the best way to build your site "offline," so to speak? Or is there a better way? (There probably is, it's probably obvious, and I'm a ditz.) What the hey, I'll ask anyway. :)

soggy on July 6, 2008 at 5:11 PM said...

or you can block all robots in robots.txt which will block most that follow the robots tag or block anyone from viewing in htaccess.


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