Possible to make Pages invisible to google, visible to public?

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    Is there a way to prevent a publicly published page from showing up on google without setting the wordpress visibility to private? I want anyone I give the link to to be able to access the page, but don’t want it indexed by bots. Usually one would add in this tag:
    <meta name=”robots” content=”noindex”>

    When I add it into the html section of the editor and save it, it disappears. Any thoughts?

    All help appreciated!



    It appears that you are referring to self hosted software downloaded from wordpress. ORG and if that is the case, then you will need to post to this forum http://wordpress.ORG/support

    This post sets out the differences between wordpress.COM and wordpress. COM

    If you are referring to a free hosted wordpress. COM then please post the complete url for your blog starting with http://



    I am referring to a free hosted blog on wordpress.com, and my blog url is http://empathetics.org




    Thank you. Please always either link your name to your blog (under Profile->Website) or give us the direct link when you ask a question.

    In WordPress.com it’s all or nothing; you can make the ENTIRE blog visible to readers but invisible to search engines (the middle setting on your Dashboard-Settings->Privacy) but you can’t do that for individual pages.

    If you’re actually talking about Pages rather than Posts, it’s not really necessary, since Pages have such little googlejuice in the first place.



    Ah, that’s a bummer. I’m mostly looking to prevent google news alerts from being activated for certain keywords, but I guess I’ll have to survive. Thanks for the assist.

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