Private while I start for two weeks

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  • #1468823

    leannepeanne
    Member

    I’d like to blog content for about two weeks for my own learning and viewing, before making it public to others. Do I start with Private setting, and two weeks later change it to search engine viewable?

    for bonnetfriends forever blog.
    thank you,

    The blog I need help with is leannepeanne.wordpress.com.

    #1468963

    timethief
    Member

    To change blog visibility go to > Settings > Reading. See the guide here http://en.support.wordpress.com/settings/privacy-settings/

    #1468964

    raincoaster
    Member

    Note that once you go public, your getting listed on search engines will be DELAYED, as they will have noted that it’s a private blog and will not check back quickly, so it will be longer to get listed on Google than if you started as public. That is, from the minute you go public it will be the normal period of up to seven weeks, PLUS an extra number of weeks, because they won’t re-check and will think you’re still private.

    #1469009

    leannepeanne
    Member

    Thanks Timethief.

    Raincoaster, thank you so very much for raising this very important point. I would never have considered that. I will reconsider my strategy!

    #1469021

    auxclass
    Member

    @RC – what if once they are back to public letting search engines in, they publish several Posts, the Posts will cause their blog to notify search engines that they are now open for business, would not that work to mitigate any crawls done while Private?

    #1469023

    raincoaster
    Member

    In practice, it doesn’t work that well, no. I’ve seen an otherwise inexplicable three week delay in getting a site listed; of course incoming links will accelerate the listing, but just blogging? Not on its own, no.

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