Is it a new site or an existing site? If it is a new site, I wouldn’t worry about Google indexing your site if you have it up temporary – unless you claim your site in Search Console, set up GA and so on it will take some time.
If it is a site that is up and indexed, just set nofollow & noindex tags in the header
<META NAME="robots" CONTENT="noindex,nofollow">
You can read more here
Best regards & good luck :)
Here is a guide to how to do it, hope that helps.
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Best of luck :)
ok i've read that page and says options for excluding an individual page, as well as the search template (whats that ??) BUT no instructions as far as i can see for excluding the entire site temporarily
So i would greatly appreciate it if you could let me know what to put in for excluding the entire site ?
Yes of course ill check it out your app, whats the link ?
If you want the whole site excluded paste this line
<meta name="robots" content="noindex, nofollow">
You can paste it anywhere beteween <head> and </head>
And remember to remove it when you go live :)
I would also advise you to connect search console, sitemaps and Google Analytics when you go live.
Here is the app, appriciate if you check it out
Dan, add the nofollow and noindex directive then flick the website live. Just don't set your domain configuration to redirect to a primary domain. Then you can use the myshopify.com link of the store to crawl as you wish. This lets you test redirects and broken links within Screaming Frog. All URLs should be relative so that when you go live on the primary domain, everything is correctly canonicalized to the final URL source without redirect chains. Being an SEO vet, you're probably familiar with Screaming Frog, but in my Shopify SEO guide, I share some other ways I use the tool for Shopify stores, some of which is different to how you typically approach other platforms.
I actually had kind of a similar situation. The staging store was both password-protected and no-follow, no-index meta tagged. Here is what I did to get the store crawled
1. Ticked 'Follow Internal nofollow' under 'Configuration > Spider'
2. Login to the site using Forms-based authentication under 'Configuration > Authentication' which you already know