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I've seen code like for preventing Google from indexing part of a page:

<p>This is a paragraph that will be indexed by Google.</p>
<!--googleoff: index-->
<p>This is a paragraph that will NOT be indexed by Google.</p>
<!--googleon: index>

Does this work?

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+1 for me. I'd also like to know if there are any other codes. –  Mathew Foscarini Nov 2 '13 at 17:34
    
after searching for where I learned this. I can only find references in the appliance manual. –  Mathew Foscarini Nov 2 '13 at 17:43
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up vote 7 down vote accepted

A similar question was asked on Stack Overflow back in January.

John Mueller was kind enough to respond with the following:

"googleon" and "googleoff" are only supported by the Google Search Appliance (when you host your own search results, usually for your own internal website).

They are not supported by Google's web-search at all.

As far as I know there is no such way of telling Google not to index a element of the page, Google wants to take everything into consideration as there may be undiserables on the page. Hiding visible content from Google is know as Cloaking.

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