Please note: if you choose to use the "No Index" meta tag method, please be aware that it should not be combined with the robots.txt file method. Search engines need to begin crawling the page in order to see the "No Index" meta tag and the robots.txt file prevents crawling altogether.
Your robots.txt file is a file on your website that search engine crawlers read to see what pages they should and should not index. Learn how to set up your robots.txt file in HubSpot.
Google and other search engines can't retroactively remove pages from results after you implement the robots.txt file method. While this tells bots not to crawl a page, search engines can still index your content (e.g., if there are inbound links to your page from other websites). If your page has already been indexed and you want to remove it from search engines retroactively, it's recommended to use the "No Index" meta tag method.
A "no index" meta tag is a string of code entered into the head section of a page's HTML that tells search engines not to index the page. This method can only be used for landing pages and website pages, not blog posts.
- In your HubSpot account, navigate to your landing pages or website pages.
- Click the name of a specific page.
- In the content editor, click the Settings tab.
- Click to expand Advanced Options.
- In the Head HTML section, copy and paste the following code:
<meta name="robots" content="noindex">
submit a URL to be removed from Google search results. Note that this will only apply to Google's search results.
If you want to block files in your HubSpot file manager (e.g., a PDF document) from being indexed by search engines, you must select a connected subdomain for the file(s) and use the file URL to be blocked from crawlers.
How HubSpot handles requests from a user agent
If you're setting a user agent string to test crawl your website and are seeing a message of access denied, this is expected behavior. Google is still crawling and indexing your site.
The reason you see this message is because HubSpot only allows requests from the googlebot user agent coming from IPs that are owned by Google. To protect HubSpot-hosted sites from attackers or spoofers, requests from other IP addresses will be denied. HubSpot does this for other search engine crawlers as well, such as BingBot, MSNBot, and Baiduspider.