Password protected sites

September 26th, 2006

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Q: Our site is a coupon site, password protected. Does this mean the search engines cannot get to the thousands of pages behind the password protection?

A: That’s correct. If you want those pages in Google’s index, then you’ll need to allow Googlebot access to the pages without requiring log-in or cookies. The way to do this is to provide straight text links into the protected content and then check each visitorĂ¢??s user-agent and/or IP address when the link is accessed. If the user-agent/IP range matches Googlebot’s, then serve up the content; otherwise, serve up the log-in form.