How to present new versions of a website online without SEO impact?

I have been working on the new version of a website.
Now, it is almost done and I would like to get feedback.
In order to get feedback, it’d be easiest to put the website online so my advisor can browse around in it.

I could simply upload the website to another URI but I haven’t done that because I am concerned with the SEO impact such a copy of the content might have.

Is there a canonical way to go about this?

Best regards,

Presumably telling search engines not to scrape your page should be enough:

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Would your content index so quickly by crawlers if you did upload it to another URI?

What I usually do if clients need to review their new site, is I put it on a temp URL.
for example:
so that won’t be affected.

When that dev site is now moved to production, what I usually do is keep the url/filename of the old site and give it a 301, 302, 30x redirect to the new URL/page.

30x redirects won’t affect your pagerank score.

Of course, if the copy on the new page is totally different, then yeah, it may affect it a little bit… but overall, not much terrrible impact.

Take advantage of Google webmaster tools and ask Google to reindex the new site quickly, submit a sitemap, etc.

After Google has indexed the new website version and they’re appearing now on Google search results, I delete the old filenames that contain the 30x redirects. Keeping the directory clean.

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I have no idea. Maybe I’m worrying too much.

NoIndex, Nofollow or a robots.txt really seems the way to go.
30x redirects “feel” more difficult and less clean. But that’s subjective.

So, I have two options.

I could add <META NAME="robots" CONTENT="noindex,nofollow"> to the header of all my pages.
This shouldn’t be too hard given that I am generating them from a single template.

Or I use a robots.txt. This is less clean because people might still link to my dev version which might be an issue according to Google’s documentation. But I think that’s highly unlikely.
Either way, such a robots.txt should look as follows, right?

User-agent: *
Disallow: /
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This is the best option in your case. since your’s is not a new website, it could be linked from else where, and hence blocking crawlers in robots.txt won’t necessarily restrict crawlers finding your website through some external link.

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Years of experience with clients suggests that web resource owners should stay abreast of the latest industry trends. In order for new pages to be in the top they must be checked by seo crawler and show how they are indexed in the search engine.

Dude, i don’t really see the real issue in here. I mean, you will still have to let them use this seo, what is the point of presenting the site without the seo? What is the actual point of that? If you are no sure in your work and you think it is not good enough than you should better talk to the people you are presenting it, and ask for a little more time. And all those solutions to stop the traking by crawlers, stop it, it has no sense, as soon as the website is not new. The best way to do something out of it, ask to help you as these guys can actually do anything, trust me.

You can update the design of your site dramatically but still, keep the overall structure the same. If done incorrectly, however, you can completely wipe out all of your hard-earned authority.

  1. Take inventory of your current site.
  2. Keep content as close to the same as possible.
  3. Preserve some of the overall site architecture.
  4. Create 301 Redirects.
  5. Block Your New Site From Search Engines During Staging.
  6. Double Check Everything in Staging.

I think a SEO company would help you more because i had similar situation here with my site been private for years and i wanted to publish my site with new design and make it visible on google search, my friend told me that it’s not enough only to make it public to be visible on google and i need a SEO promotion, as i know SEO promotion is not that cheap and i actually i didn’t really want to pay much for it, i searched online for SEO promotion companies and checked prices and actually found a the ecommerce agency which helped me a lot to rank up my site.