You can excluded the search engines from indexing those directory using a robots.txt file. Learn more here: http://www.robotstxt.org/ Jeff Hinds http://www.netagency.com -----Original Message----- From: thelist-bounces at lists.evolt.org [mailto:thelist-bounces at lists.evolt.org] On Behalf Of evolt at brasscannon.net Sent: Sunday, July 13, 2008 12:44 PM To: thelist at lists.evolt.org Subject: [thelist] Can the Search Engines find an unlinked page? Quoth "Fred Jones" <fredthejonester at gmail.com>... > I made a demo site called somesite.com/fred/ > > There no link anywhere in the world to that page--in fact that only > people who ever saw it are me and my client. But he wants me now to > remove it because he says the search engines will find it and list it. > I am not opposed to removing it, but I think he's wrong. I see no way > for any search engine ever to find it. Am I wrong? > > Perhaps since he and I use gmail, Google is reading our email and > thereby finds it? No, it's much more straightforward and honest, depending on how your web server is configured. See: "How Google indexed a file with no external link" http://seclists.org/bugtraq/2001/Jul/0174.html Summary: Apache 1.3.20 with Multiviews enabled allows remote requests to view directory contents and bypass the index page via a URL containing the "M=D" query string. See what you get if you ask for http://somesite.com/fred?M=D -- * * Please support the community that supports you. * * http://evolt.org/help_support_evolt/ For unsubscribe and other options, including the Tip Harvester and archives of thelist go to: http://lists.evolt.org Workers of the Web, evolt !