How To Temporarily Block A Page From Google Search Results

There are all sorts of reasons why you might need to temporarily block a page from Google search results but for performing arts orgs, one of the most common is purposefully duplicate content. For example, a theater client of mine has a show they stage every few years; it has the same title and although the content, staging, etc. are updated each cycle, Google may place the older event page higher on search results for the show name.

Adaptistration People 195In that scenario, a group certainly doesn’t want to delete the archived event pages but they certainly want the current production to show up higher in search results.

This is an ideal scenario where temporarily blocking a URL comes in handy. Traditionally, this was something that required assistance from a web developer but Google now offers a tool inside Search Console for this exact task.

I published an article at Artshacker.com that provides step by step instruction on how to go about the process. The entire thing takes less than two minutes and will prevent all sorts of headaches down the road.

Need To Temporarily Block A Page From Google Search Results? This Search Console Tool Makes It Easy

About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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