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Can Google see plugins?

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by happyatom, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. happyatom

    happyatom Newbie

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    Just putting myself into Google's place - if I was concerned with quality original content, isn't the easiest thing to do just to check whether a blog has the autoblog, wp-o-matic etc plugins installed. If yes, then a good chance that the content isn't original and so either very low ranking or simply not indexed.

    If this is the case, can/should plugins be hidden? I know that robots.txt is ignored by Google so that isn't much help.

    Forgive me if this is answered elsewhere - not sure what to type into search to find an answer.
     
  2. mr4army

    mr4army Regular Member

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    give it 666 or something or 555 cant remember which one or password protect it
     
  3. blackieman

    blackieman Power Member

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    Yes, it can see it by default. Simply type the full path in browser :)

    You can also use .htaccess to deny http access to the plugins (and you should if you are doing something funny)
     
  4. alienmare

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    renamd the plugin folder may work?? they can type it if they know how you name the folder only i guess..
     
  5. blackieman

    blackieman Power Member

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    Instead of renaming plugin folder (might break it) how about renaming the plugins?
     
  6. crysis1

    crysis1 Junior Member

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    You need to setup your robot.txt I didnt know that on my last site and all my plugins got indexed by the G. lol if you search site:yousite.com it will show all your indexed pages.
     
  7. boobooboy

    boobooboy Regular Member

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    put this in your .htaccess file and this will block google and other users from looking at your plugin folder.

    # Prevents directory listing
    Options -Indexes
     
  8. alienmare

    alienmare Registered Member

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    i thought big G ignore robot.txt
     
  9. blackieman

    blackieman Power Member

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    I would use .htaccess intead of robots.txt. With .htaccess, no one can see the directory where plugins are located, with robots.txt you are relying on robots to behave (I am almost sure goog has robots that go out and explore stuff like cloaking, and don't behave...).
     
  10. blackieman

    blackieman Power Member

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    Yes, do it in .htaccess. Set it and forget it, once.

    <Directory /path/to/diretcory>
    order allow,deny
    deny from all
    <Directory>
     
  11. elpadrino23

    elpadrino23 Registered Member

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    My .htaccess right now has this:
    # BEGIN WordPress

    # END WordPress
    # Prevents directory listing
    Options -Indexes

    Is that OK?

    If not what's the exact code that should i put?
     
  12. blackieman

    blackieman Power Member

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    cruddpuppet Registered Member

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    Just put an index page in your plugins folder, and/or use robots.txt to disallow access to it.
     
  14. plunge

    plunge BANNED BANNED

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    Google doesn't ignore robots.txt.

    They also don't go looking for random files in your plugins folder, either.

    This is a non-issue. Worry about real footprints.
     
  15. dum6oy

    dum6oy Newbie

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    put empty index.html in all your plugin folder, like mine so if the user type the plugin name in the url, they wont see anything.