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1. Posted by mcgrco (Budding Member 16 posts) 10y

Any ideas how i password protect my travel blog? I didnt realise it would be listed on google.

Thanks in advance

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4835 posts) 10y

Unfortunately only diaries can be password protected - blogs are always public.
I'm not certain if we intend to at some point provide password protection for blogs at all (Peter? Sam?) - the very thing that makes them so powerful is the sharing and aggregating, which wouldn't be possible for private blogs.

That said, we do have the setting "Entries are listed on Travellerspoint" to make a blog less public, and I think what we could do is to set a robots noindex meta-tag for blogs using that. That would be a trivial change, and would still mean you'd disappear from google, while still allowing everyone else to read your blog.

3. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 10y

How about having a friends only entry where only members added by the author can see it?

4. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4835 posts) 10y

That solution has the same problems as password-protecting - it requires lots of changes in multiple places - while we are currently completely swamped with other things - plus at least for me really goes against the nature of blogs.

However, I have just implemented the meta tag, which would make the blog disappear from google and other search engines. Not certain is Sam and Peter will want to take that change, and it's ultimately up to them, but if they do, conor, your blog should disappear from google within the next week or two. (Assuming you have set "Entries are listed on Travellerspoint" to no in your blog settings.)

5. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 10y

Personally I'm hesitant about password protecting the blogs as well. The whole concept of a 'blog' is to be public. For those that want a private option, the diary is a much better solution, although limited in other areas. Here's a blog vs. diary comparison for reference.

I'll have a look at the code tomorrow Sander and discuss with Pete to see what he thinks about implementing.

Cheers,

Sam

6. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

For my two cents, I actually like having my blog appear on Google, etc. I thought that was the point of blogs - that they became public domain...? If I read right, though, it looks like we'll have the option of making it public or not...

7. Posted by Peter (Admin 5812 posts) 10y

Quoting tway

For my two cents, I actually like having my blog appear on Google, etc. I thought that was the point of blogs - that they became public domain...? If I read right, though, it looks like we'll have the option of making it public or not...

The blogs are public by default. It is an option for users to make it so that the blog doesn't show up on Travellerspoint. The suggestion is to then also hide it from Google. Seems a fair option to me.

8. Posted by mcgrco (Budding Member 16 posts) 10y

Seems like its a popular subject! I have no problems what so ever with keeping my blog open on travellerspoint. If it aids someone on this site in their travels then so be it. However, in this day and age a frightening number of people , and employers, google people. I don't have anything to hide, its just that I dont want my blog to be the first listing in google under my name. Thanks

9. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 10y

Any blogs that are set to 'not display on Travellerspoint' (see blog management area) will now be hidden from google by default going forward.

Conor, your blog doesn't actually show when I do a search on your name. It's your profile as far as I can see?

10. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 10y

Quoting Sander

That solution has the same problems as password-protecting - it requires lots of changes in multiple places - while we are currently completely swamped with other things - plus at least for me really goes against the nature of blogs.

However, I have just implemented the meta tag, which would make the blog disappear from google and other search engines. Not certain is Sam and Peter will want to take that change, and it's ultimately up to them, but if they do, conor, your blog should disappear from google within the next week or two. (Assuming you have set "Entries are listed on Travellerspoint" to no in your blog settings.)

Sander! You're alive!!! We thought the Overlords had finally worked you to death...

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