How to keep your staging or development site out of the index

One of the most common technical SEO issues I come across is the inadvertent indexing of development servers, staging sites, production servers, or whatever other name you use.

There are a number of reasons this happens, ranging from people thinking no one would ever link to these areas to technical misunderstandings. These parts of the website are usually sensitive in nature and having them in the search engine’s index risks exposing planned campaigns, business intelligence or private data.

How to tell if your dev server is being indexed

You can use Google search to determine if your staging site is being indexed. For…

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