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    I'm planning to start a section on my site where customers will have to pay to get access to certain articles - so these articles won't be open for public scrutiny unless they pay for it. My question is : will google spider these articles and therefore reveal them in the SE search results? Or will only the content page show up saying click here to pay for this article on 'widgets'?

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    If those pages were to be protected and secure, then Google would not spider them.
    If Google spidered protected and secure files, then every affiliate would have their account details on Linkshare, CJ, Befree etc spidered, which does not happen

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    thanks for that cjshoppingnetwork.

    guess then there's really no point optimizing the pages for keywords?

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    If you are going to get people to pay for those articles, optimize other pages to get them to pay for your articles.
    Optimize the sign up pages for specific keywords, then charge your visitors for the articles

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    I think Google kind of acts like a browser, and as such can't enter any protected areas of your site. Nor do I think Googlebot even tries to. Googlebot is normally very well behaved.

    cjshoppingnetwork is correct in the advice to optimize the pages designed to encourage people to sign up for optional services, for instance, pay to view articles.

    Some sites are having a difficult time getting people to pay for content that was once free, but I hear the conversions are improving as more people begin to understand that the Internet isn't going to be a free ride forever.

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    Thanks Andy and cjshoppingnetwork. Yes I was tossing up whether I should just give it for free (and benefit from having affiliate links in text and the traffic) or to get them to pay for the articles.

    Guess there's no harm writing a couple and testing the waters and seeing how it fares.

    Oscar

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