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Testing Site With Google Search Console Without Allowing It To Be Publicly Listed

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We are in a process of redesign, and would like to test a way google sees our website, but we would not like it to be indexed it at this point.

We have a separate subdomain for development, but if we disallow scraping in robots.txt, we can't do any tesing, because google crawlers will not scrape any testing pages.

Is there a way to run some tests via google webmasters console without allowing site to be indexed publicly?

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Answer

Use the noindex tag.

The noindex value of an HTML robots meta tag requests that automated Internet bots avoid indexing a web page. Source

<meta name="googlebot" content="noindex">
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source: stackoverflow.com
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