Is it ok to keep your sitemap hidden?

Can Google, for example, penalize you?

5 Answers

  • Favorite Answer

    Yes. You can do what you want.


  • Alex S
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Yes it is. Sitemaps are just a convinient

    shortcut to areas of your page. With some

    pages they wouldn't even make sense.

  • 1 decade ago

    No, they can't. But Google reads the actual pages, not just the sitemap or the META tags. Which is why it's so popular.

  • 1 decade ago

    You decide what it's public and what not.

    As with search engines you can manipulate the robots.txt file on your root directory. This way you can decide what can be crawled and what not.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Sure you can, just make sure all your visible pages link back to yrou home page and other pages

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