Is it possible to exclude an article from search engines?

Geordie 4 years ago in BLOX CMS updated by Maureen Reinert 4 years ago 1

I am sure we are all getting more requests to take down articles that portray people in a bad light. And even though we are loathe to "rewrite history" by pulling stories off the site, we are sometimes sympathetic to people who are followed by minor past crimes like marijuana possession that now show up high on Google searches. Rather than pulling stories down entirely, can we simply exclude specific articles from search engine updates?

According to the help docs https://help.bloxcms.com/knowledge-base/applications/editorial/assets/article_a1a8f4a6-b6e6-11e4-823f-47b9d88935f6.html you can use the custom properties on the Other tab for an asset and enter noindex as the name and True as the value and that should stop the search engines from indexing the page. I haven’t done this, but that’s what I would try. I don’t know though if it will un-index something that has already been indexed or how long that may take.