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Wordpress now blocks search engines as default setting...

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by Lalalaenhund, Dec 8, 2011.

  1. Lalalaenhund

    Lalalaenhund Power Member

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    Wordpress now blocks search engines as default setting, at least for me.

    So if you're creating a new site, remember to check the "Privacy Settings" page and check the box to allow the site to be visible to search engines.

    Just a heads up, as I just spent a couple of days wondering why my new sites weren't getting properly indexed... :p

    Edit: seems like it only does this when installing with Quickinstall on Hostgator
     
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    thanks:)
     
  3. RMX

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    I just installed a new blog (downloaded the script from their site today) and the default setting are still the same - "Allow your blog to appear in Google and Technorati".

    I, however, noticed that this is disabled by default if installed through an automated installer, such as Installatron.
     
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    Not for me, but I always check just to be safe. :)

    I think it might depend on what host/installer you are using.
     
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    I just added wordpress to a site a few hours ago n that has it visible to search engines. Could have been a glitch or something =/
     
  6. Lalalaenhund

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    Hmm, ok

    The sites were on Hostgator, and I used Quickinstall to install WP on them. It happened on all my 3 new sites.
     
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    It depends on what hosting your using!
     
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    Are there people that seriously want to block off their blogs from search engines? I suppose it's a method of regulating who visits your site, but still.. Mine did that as default, too. Luckily I caught it, but if I hadn't seen it, perhaps I wouldn't have gotten my first sale this morning.
     
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    Weird, I just installed one and the default options were still the same as always.
     
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    P.S. I am using Hostwinds with Softaculous.
     
  11. Lalalaenhund

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    What did you install with? Fantastico? Manually?
    I think it might be a change in Quickinstall
     
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    I dont use fantastico anymore, neither do i use softalucious. I do it manually because I'v never had a problem with it.
     
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    Thanks, but it's not really a big problem for me to fix. ;)
     
  14. Dr_Scythe

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    Can confirm Installatron does it and has done for a while now.

    It isn't bad if your site isn't ready for visitors yet. When I build my MNS I leave it off untill everything is in place and ready to go then turn it on and start linkbuilding.
     
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    Using Fantastico and the default settings allows the blog to get indexed.
     
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    I think there might have been a few older versions of Wordpress that defaulted to that, then they changed it back to defaulting to be open to search engines when people complained... If I'm remembering correctly...
     
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    Thanks for the heads up. I checked as mine are hosted with hostgator and sure enough, the last two I did I had to fix.
     
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    I first encountered this issue while using fantastico on netfirms.. My site didnt get indexed for over 2 weeks and that seemed pretty unusual.. In 2 weeks I am generally on first page for my target Keyword :D

    anyways its always a good practice to add your site immediately in webmaster tools and then try to fetch it using the google bot.. If the webmaster tool shows a success that means everything is Green if not.. goto wordpress backend and in the privacy tab.. Check "allow search engines ...."
     
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    Yep, I've got a family blog that I keep updated with family news and pics - a good chunk of our extended family are all over the globe and it's a great way for us to stay in touch with what's going on with us!

    Not all of us want FB etc., so we all update the site from our various countries.

    Don't want G visiting that site!