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Old 23rd September 2015, 06:11 AM   #1
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Default Google Search Console: Unexpected Indexing


I have a login page and it works like this: when a user logs in, the URL doesnt change, but he has an additional set of side menu options. The logged out page comes with the same URL with reduced set of side menu options. I fetched this page using "Fetch as Google" in search console and for the notification "How a visitor sees this page": I got the right page screenshot with minimum set of side menu op-tions. However, for the notification "How the googlebot saw this page", I got the screenshot of the logged in page which increased set of side menu options. Why this disparity?? any idea?

@torka: I'm really looking forward to see your reply among the others.

Thanks in advance.

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Old 23rd September 2015, 03:23 PM   #2
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Thanks for the vote of confidence, but without really digging in to the code, I'm not sure how Google got to see your logged in page. (And it's possible even digging in to the code we wouldn't be able to figure it out.)

I mean, I'm thinking it would likely have to do with how the data is coded in the page, and how it's secured. The Googlebot is pretty aggressive -- I've known it to try to submit site search forms, for instance -- so I think if there's any way to access the "logged in" page code without actually having a login ID and password, Googlebot will eventually find it and try to get to it.

Is it important for this page to be indexed? If not, you could add it to the Disallow list on your robots.txt. That should keep Googlebot away, but it would mean the page would eventually drop out of Google's index.

Generally speaking, though, as long as you're certain your human visitors can't see or access the "logged-in" content when they're in "logged-out" status, I wouldn't worry too much about it.


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Old 24th September 2015, 12:12 AM   #3
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Thanks for the prompt reply torka, I really appreciate the effort, I think there's nothing much I can do about this. Yes, I'd loved it if I had the option to prevent google from accessing the logged in page. Dont want this page to be blocked from Google either. While taking the human's perspective, yea since its protected with login, it doesn't matter. But Google just caught me off guard with this, I guess.

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