Keeping selected webpages private

There are times when it is necessary to keep certain sections of my website private and not allow for public viewing.  One instance is when I am working on my website and those webpages are still in their draft form.  They are not ready to be released for public consumption.  Another instance is when I am experimenting with layout programming and I want to see how a web page would look before publishing it.

I used to believe that if I used the HTML "No Follow" attributes or "No Index" meta tags, then those webpages would be hidden until I am ready to publish them.  I was only partially right.  There's more to it than I had originally thought.  I found a video on YouTube from Google that explains clearly how to keep webpages private.  More importantly, this video also shows how to remove your private webpages if they are accidentally discovered.

Common misconception about the usage of the "No Follow" attributes or "No Index" meta tags.


Financial and economic reporters are not usually html savvy and this could lead to information leakage over the internet.  Major economic data such as the FOMC rate decision or the Unemployment Report are release to financial and economics reporters in advance.  This gives them time to file their story.  The financial and economic reporters have a blackout period.  This means they can't release their story until after the information has been release to the general public.

Some financial and economic reporters at times write 2 to 3 versions of the story ahead of time.  They have one version where the initial market reaction to the economic data is negative.  They also have one version where the initial market reaction to the economic data is positive.  The third version is when the economic data is a non-event.  All three versions would state what the economic data are but each story is spinned differently with rational why the market reacted the way it did.

Without knowing the intricacies on how keep webpages private, some financial and economic reporters might rely on the simplest method mentioned in the above video to keep their webpages private.  They would use the "don't link to page" method to hide their story until it is time to release it.  They can risk their story being discovered ahead of time on their news agency website or their own personal Blog website by using "don't link to page" method as a form to keep their story hidden from public view.

An example on how easily private information can be discovered on website: NetApp ( Nasdaq Ticker Symbol: NTAP ) stock price plummeted after earnings results were leaked about half hour before its scheduled release time.  NetApp told Dow Jones that someone improperly accessed its website to tap into the earnings results.


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