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Introduction

SEO options allow you to determine whether a page can be found in supported search engine results (ex. Google, Bing, Yahoo). To index pages, search engines use a tool called a "spider," which finds and follows each of the links on your site the way a user might. Normally, the spider would index each of the pages that are present in the site's menu, and will ignore any pages that are not present. However, these options work by telling the spider to ignore or acknowledge specific pages, whether they can be found in the menu or not.

NOTE: SEO options are available for all HillTop sites, however they may not be enabled by default. If your site does not include SEO options, please contact support@gslsolutions.com to request this feature.

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Using the SEO Options

Begin by creating a new page, or editing the properties (gear icon) of an existing page. Next, locate the collapsed "SEO" section and click to expand it.

The section will have two options:

  • no-follow: Setting this option to "Yes" instructs search engines not to index the page, and to also not follow or index any unique links found on the page. The default setting is "No."

    Set this option to "Yes" if you would like to hide a page from search engines, as well as each of its sub-pages.

  • no-index: Setting this option to "Yes" instructs search engines not to index the page. Any links on the page will still be followed, and may be indexed (depending on their SEO options). The default setting is "No."

    Set this option to "Yes" if you would like to hide a page from search engines. For example, a page that is in the process of being built, but not yet finished.

Setting either option to "Yes" should hide a page from Google, even if they are linked elsewhere on the internet (ex. social media). Additionally, setting each option to "No" will add the pages to your site map, and allow Google to index them (even if they are hidden from the site's menus).

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