Will my protected WooCommerce categories & products be visible in search engines?
WooCommerce Password Protected Categories does not prevent search engines from accessing your categories or their products. However, they can only access the password entry form will be indexed and cannot crawl the content within. This means that only data such as the product name can be crawled, and not other information such as the main product description.
There are some steps you can take to hide your protected WooCommerce content from search engines:
- Use an SEO plugin such as Yoast SEO to mark the categories and products as ‘noindex’. This will prevent them from being indexed at all.
- If your Catalogue Visibility settings are set to hide your protected categories and products from the public areas of your store, then search engines are unlikely to crawl them because this only happens if a search engine can find them. However, there may still be links to your protected categories and products elsewhere, such as your XML sitemap, so it’s worth noindexing them if you are concerned about this.