Building a website is a big task and sometimes you want to make it private to yourself and the customers or the users on the form right? If that is you then you might be looking to enable discourage search engines indexing option in your search txt records.
In simple terms, you can always enable the option Discourage search engines indexing which disables any search engine to crawl your website and the content on it. In this way, you will be able to keep the content and everything private.
So let us get started to deep dive a little more into how this can be enabled and what it actually does as well.
How does Search Engines Indexing – Discourage Works
Every Search Engine uses its web crawlers which are websites or the search engine indexed websites crawling robots created by them. If your website is set to Indexing, then search engines and their crawlers are free to crawl your site and index your website content on their search engine results.
Example for Indexing
- If your site writes about Coffee Tips and you have enabled indexing for Google.
- Then when someone searches for Coffee Tips, then Google can choose to show your site.
Example for Discourage Indexing
- If your site writes about Coffee Mugs and you have disabled indexing for Google.
- Then even when someone searches for Coffee Mugs, then Google cannot show your site in search results and indexing is disabled which does not allow crawlers to crawl them.
How to Enable Discourage Search Engines Indexing via WordPress
Now that you understand how search engines crawl your sites once you have set it to indexing mode, you now need to know how to disable it by enabling discourage search engine indexing. We will be using WordPress admin dashboards to follow the below steps.
- Open your Website WordPress admin dashboard once you are logged in
- Go to settings and under it click on the Reading option
- In the Reading, you need to check the option Discourage search engines from indexing this site
- Click on Save Changes and you have now enabled discourage search engine indexing via WordPress
Should I Discourage Search Engines from Indexing My Site?
In case, if you want to keep your website content to be private then this is a good option to discourage search engines from indexing your site. Before doing this, it is suggested, to have one WordPress Backup.
How do I Stop My Search Engine from Indexing?
You can enable the option Discourage Search Engine from Indexing. You can stop search engines from indexing your site.
Which of the following settings allows you to discourage search engines from crawling your site?
In WordPress, you will need to go to settings and under reading, you need to check the option to discourage search engines from indexing this site.