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Google indexed a page on a site of mine that was not linked from any other page, ever. No one has ever put a link to it, and the directory contents were not browsable. How could this happen? I thought crawlers have no way to include a page that is not linked.

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Where should I put this question then? – Dan Rosenstark Apr 29 '10 at 17:56
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You didn't link to it, but how certain are you that no one else did? Someone sharing it on Facebook, Twitter, a public chat log, their personal site, etc. could do the trick.

If you don't want Google to index a page, block the Googlebot via robots.txt or some other technique. Relying solely on obscurity will bite you in the ass.

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good point, thanks for that. I do not want to be ass-bitten. – Dan Rosenstark Apr 29 '10 at 17:57
Found the link to it, thanks again. – Dan Rosenstark Apr 29 '10 at 18:17
@ceejayoz, my point was just to make sure that somebody somewhere had to share the link to get it indexed in Google (which was the case: in fact it was me in a past life). I was kind of checking the rules of the universe, too. At the same time, I did some investigation into making stuff not web-visible using GoDaddy, which was a useful result of your answer. Thanks again. – Dan Rosenstark May 4 '10 at 14:24

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