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I have a web application in ASP.NET MVC that we want SEO optimized. I wanted to test whether the pages are appearing as search results in Google. However, I didn't want it to appear to the general public until I am ready to go live. Is there a way to do a sandbox testing of an SEO website on Google where I can continue developing and testing without it being pop up for search results for everyone else?

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    Short answer: No. – closetnoc Oct 29 '15 at 20:15
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    Such a sandbox can't even exist. Google ranking takes lot of user behavior into account which won't be possible without showing it to users. Also, if G provide such a sandbox, it would be best place to reverse engineer google's algo. – Aakash Oct 29 '15 at 21:38
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    Long answer: Noooooooooooo. – Rob Oct 30 '15 at 2:25
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here is a list of some web tools, but you can't test them offline:

you can use an IP to make your test (or create a temporrary sub domain), and when you are ready use your real domain name

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There's tons of tools out there (remember, they're just tools, no replacement for an expert SEO) to test if it's optimised. Simply sear for SEO audit tools. You can put the site on a domain (if it isnt already) and make sure it's noindexed via robots text:

User-agent: *
Disallow: /

and also put this in your head tags:

<META NAME="ROBOTS" CONTENT="NOINDEX, NOFOLLOW">

You can then use alot of audit tools for info on semantics, markup, other metas etc.

  • The robotsmeta hasn't been usefull for quite some time now :) – Martijn Oct 30 '15 at 7:59

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