Password Protected Areas and Search Engines

March 28, 2011 / Updated: March 28, 2011 / Lena Shore

Question

Can a search engine spider do a search of content which is behind a passworded index page?

Answer

 

No. Search engines cannot crawl a passworded directory as they can’t invoke interface functions. Google (for instance) would have to have your login/pass and the programming to invoke the command.

 

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Lena Shore

Lena is a full-time freelancer and nerd that specializes in web development, graphic design, and illustration. She enjoys building things, learning new things, pursuing creative endeavors, and giving free advice.

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