We are a pretty young website development company. For client review, So far we have been hosting the websites on clientname.ourcompanydomain.com. However, these websites start showing up on google in results related to our website which is not a great thing for SEO I guess. otherwise also, not sure if that's a professional approach.

How do other companies do it? Do they have a separate domain for the purpose?

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The easiest thing to do is to serve the entire client site using the X-Robots-Tag: noindex HTTP header. This will instruct search engines to keep it out of results.

  • alright. and what's the usual practice followed across industry for this? do people usually create subdomains/ sub directory or something else?
    – systemdebt
    Commented Feb 22, 2019 at 17:01
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    Using noindex is fine, although for anything more high profile, or really anything that you don't want the public to stumble across or tamper with then the development site really needs to be password/IP protected. Subdomains or subdirectories or domains (even the main domain the site will eventually be on) are all OK - it depends on the situation and what resources you have available.
    – DocRoot
    Commented Feb 26, 2019 at 13:18

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