How to keep a page off my sitemap?

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  • #42963

    Sundancer
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    I am creating some thank you pages for new subscribers, and I would like to keep these pages off my sitemap. I know where to click to discourage bots from indexing the pages, but how can I keep the pages from showing up on my sitemap? I’ll be offering some free bonuses to new subscribers, and would like to keep the pages a bit more private.

    I’m using the theme “Going Green”. Also, can I remove the Author Archive from the sitemap page, too? (I’m the only author, so it’s just wasted space.) Thanks!

    http://squarefootabundance.com
    #42971

    AC
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    You need to use something like Simply Excludes to exclude them – http://wordpress.org/plugins/simply-exclude/.

    #43052

    lisaleague
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    Hi anitac,

    Can you please clarify how to do this – I use Simply Exclude to keep stuff out of searches – but it does not have a setting to keep stuff off the archive page template which is what I would use for a sitemap, and probably what @Sundancer was referring to.

    On posts you can exclude from the archives (blog page), feed, front/home, searches; and on pages, from searches and widget:pages.

    Is there another way to do this, or another plugin you can recommend?

    Thanks!

    #43088

    Sundancer
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    My theme automatically creates a sitemap page, by default visible to the public, which lists all posts and pages.  I have a choice to make this sitemap page private, but would prefer to leave it available for visitors to use.

    I’m also not sure if this page is the same one that the search engines use for my site (an XML sitemap) – anyone know?  If it is, I don’t know if making it private would block the search engines from using it.

    #43089

    lisaleague
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    Sundancer – Which theme do you use?

    An xml site map is different than a public site map.

    I use WordPress SEO by Yoast to control what I want to show in the sitemap or not.

    #43091

    Sundancer
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    Oh, and this sitemap page is also shown by default when a 404 error code comes up. Not sure how to change that, if I wanted to.

    #43094

    lisaleague
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    Do you  mean the archive page template?

    Which theme? If you set a page or post to private it hides it.

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 4 months ago by  lisaleague.
    • This reply was modified 1 year, 4 months ago by  lisaleague.
    #43096

    Sundancer
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    Oops! You beat me to the enter button!

    I’m using Going Green. And, yes, this is a public sitemap. The Yoast plugin – is that for the public or xml sitemap?

    #43099

    Sundancer
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    We did it again!

    I’m not sure if it has a different name. It shows up as squarefootabundance.com/sitemap/

    I’ve seen other people refer to the main blog page as the archive page, but I would consider this public sitemap a true archive. But I don’t know which it refers to when I select noarchive under the theme SEO section for each page.

    I can’t “hide” my thank you pages, because that prevents anyone else from viewing them. I need my new subscribers to be able to view them by a direct link.

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    • This reply was modified 1 year, 4 months ago by  Sundancer.
    • This reply was modified 1 year, 4 months ago by  Sundancer.
    #43100

    lisaleague
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    That  is called the archive page template. You can use it for a site map. WordPress SEO can create  an xml sitemap for search engines not people. Two completely different things.

    If you want things to be excluded on the archive page template (what you are calling site map – the one that shows on the 404 page) you can set the post or page to private) OR you can set a post or page redirect with Yoast.

    You can also use a membership plugin to protect the contents of the post or page from the public. I hope this helps!  The plugin @anitac mentioned will exclude from search but not from this page.

    #43103

    Sundancer
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    I can’t “hide” my thank you pages, because that prevents anyone else from viewing them. I need my new subscribers to be able to view them by a direct link. A membership plugin won’t work for that reason, either, I think.

    I’ll have to look into the Yoast plugin. I’m trying to limit the plugins I’m using, to minimize possible conflicts and speed up page loading. But I definitely need to work this out ASAP.  Thanks for the suggestions!

    #43105

    lisaleague
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    That’s just a page that was set up using that template.  The 404 page uses that template.

    So for example if I go to your site and I look for the url

    http://squarefootabundance.com/yellow

    or

    http://squarefootabundance.com/this-cool-post

    I get the same page.

    But the page /sitemap is not automatically created by default.

    But nice vegetables:)

     

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 4 months ago by  lisaleague.
    • This reply was modified 1 year, 4 months ago by  lisaleague.
    #43107

    lisaleague
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    Yes, I understand – I have thank you pages for my email subscribers too.

    Yoast is definitely one to include in your list. http://yoast.com/wordpress/seo/

    His and Genesis specifically designed to work well together.

    #43110

    Sundancer
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    Hmmm… I’ve been playing around with the plugin a little bit – using Instant WordPress on my desktop with a copy of my site. I set the thank you page to be redirected (which works), BUT the page name still shows up on my archive page (sitemap). Is there a way to prevent that?

    And this plugin should definitely help me improve my basic SEO settings!

    #43120

    AC
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    You guys have been blowing up my phone!!! I am not going to read everything here – but if you go to a page or post – there are settings per page and post to exclude it from the Archive – see image on the plugin screenshots – http://wordpress.org/plugins/simply-exclude/screenshots/.

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