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Google Custom Search on queensu.ca

As of July 7, 2009, Queen's "search" indexes Queen's websites both on and off the queensu.ca domain using Google Custom Search.

Privacy and the web

The Google Custom Search indexes publicly accessible documents on Queen's public web servers (web pages, pdfs, and other text files). It has not been enabled with any passwords or other means of accessing restricted content or databases.

Personal and confidential documents should never be posted to Queen's web spaces, as the Google Custom Search will index them. Keeping personal and confidential documents in a secure place like OneDrive for Business is an excellent way to safely share documents with other users.

How do I stop a web page from being indexed?

If you don't want a particular page within your site to be indexed (i.e. be accessible via the search), you can place the following <meta> tag with your page's <head> tag:

<meta name="robots" content="noindex, nofollow" />

If the page has already been indexed by Google, it will be removed from the index the next time the appliance crawls the page.

How can I add/remove entire websites from this index?

Please contact University Relations with your request.

You can also check to see if your site is already part of the search index by typing "site:http://yourwebsite.com" into the search box (replacing "yourwebsite.com" with the URL of your actual website address.)

How can I improve my websites search ranking for a search term?

The Google Custom Search heavily relies on the content of your website to determine how high your page or site will rank in the results pages.

There are a few things you can do to your website to help improve your search results:

  • Include a descriptive title tag for each page.
  • Use proper HTML formatting tags, such as heading tags (h1, h2 and h3...) where appropriate to define the structure of your pages.
  • Include relevant content on your pages, using important keywords throughout the body of your site.
  • Include a meta description tag that briefly describes the pages content.
  • Do not use images or flash for page headings.

What if I have more questions or concerns?

For inquiries and support issues relating to the Google Custom Search, please contact University Relations.