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    Remove my form URL in the search engine index

    Asked by isp on February 19, 2012 at 04:07 AM

    can other people see the "https://" pages if they don't have the url? 

    e.g. via a google search?

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    JotForm Support

    Answered by mliz on February 19, 2012 at 08:45 AM

    Web search engines stores information about web pages with the use of web crawlers. The information is retrieved from the html itself. If you are using https in the form url then most likely it would come up as one of the search results.

    Thanks!

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    Answered by isp on February 19, 2012 at 12:40 PM
    oops, how can I protect my form from search engines. I use personal forms,
    so only for a certain person.
    The Idea behind it is that I have questions which I put into a form... the
    answers can be added by this person whenever it suits him. If you ask
    questions via email... you normally end up with a lot of emails and you
    don't know anymore which questions still have to be answered.. With jotform
    you can simply remove questions that have bin answered... so the still open
    questions are left in the form to be answered later.
    The form should stay personal, so how to protect this?
    Warm regards,
    Alex Brand
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    JotForm Support

    Answered by mliz on February 20, 2012 at 08:37 AM

    You can use robots.txt to exclude certain pages, directories and files of your website from being crawled or indexed by search engines.

    For further information you may visit the following pages:

    http://www.searchtools.com/robots/robots-txt.html


    http://searchengineland.com/a-deeper-look-at-robotstxt-17573

    Hope this helps.

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    Answered by isp on February 21, 2012 at 02:58 AM
    Thank you but I use the jotform direct link. I am not embedding the form.
    Can I make it in anyway safe (restrict from access by others)?
    Warm regards,
    Alex Brand
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    JotForm Support

    Answered by liyam on February 21, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    For a better detailed response regarding your concern, I'm escalating this to the development team.  They will respond to this thread as soon as they are available.

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    JotForm Founder

    Answered by aytekin on February 23, 2012 at 02:59 AM

    No, there is no way to protect the forms from search engines. If the form is linked from a public page, a search engine bot can find it and list it. 

    What you can do is instead of sharing the form URL directly, put the form code on your site, and then share that with others. Then you can use robots.txt to make sure that the form is not listed by search engines. 

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    Answered by isp on February 23, 2012 at 11:51 AM
    Ok, can you arrange that the we can change the Url say once a week?
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    JotForm Founder

    Answered by aytekin on February 23, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    That's possible. Clone the form, then delete the old form, and use the new form URL. 

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    Answered by isp on February 23, 2012 at 01:10 PM
    thanks!
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    Answered by dmichaels on March 01, 2015 at 02:45 PM

    So, if I understand this correctly, the search engines won't find the jotform pages unless there is a link on one of my own webpages.

    And if I use robots.txt to exclude those pages that contain links to jotform pages my forms will NOT be crawled and indexed by the various search engines?

    That would be great - please confirm.

    Also, please advise on how the "submissions" are or are not indexed.

    Thanks,

    David

     

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    Answered by Sean on March 01, 2015 at 05:06 PM

    @dmichaels

    I transferred your inquiry to another thread where it will be discussed separately. All questions related to your issue will be posted on this thread: http://www.jotform.com/answers/524893

    We will attend to your concerns shortly.

    Thanks