Settings »Privacy Settings
The Privacy Settings control who can and cannot view your blog. You can change your Privacy Settings via your Settings -> Reading page:
Site Visibility Options
Here, you will see three Site Visibility options:
- Allow search engines to index this site. – This is the setting used by most blogs. It allows everyone to read your blog and enables your blog to be included in search engine results and other content sites.
- Discourage search engines from indexing this site. – If you want all human visitors to be able to read your blog, but want to block web crawlers for search engines, this is the setting for you. (Note: Not all search engines respect this setting.)
- I would like my site to be private, visible only to myself and users I choose – Select this option to create a private blog. If you want others to be able to view your private blog (and add comments, if you’ve enabled them) you’ll need to invite them to be a viewer.
Note: WordPress.com employees can access blogs for support and development purposes regardless of Privacy setting.
Viewing a Private Blog
If you’d like to add viewers to a private blog, please follow the invitation instructions on this page.
After marking your blog as private, visitors to your site will see the following notification if they are not logged into their WordPress.com account when trying to view your blog. All viewers added to a private blog must have a WordPress.com account—this ensures that only those you’ve authorized to see your blog are the ones viewing it:
You can request access to a private blog by clicking on the “Request access” link when attempting to visit a private blog while logged into your WordPress.com account:
Remember, it’s up to the blog’s owner to decide who can and cannot access their blog. Requesting access means that you’re simply asking the blog owner to consider adding you as a viewer to their blog.
Changing a Blog with Followers from Public To Private
If you had your blog set to public, but you’d like to make it private instead, you can change the settings to private at any time by following the instructions in this support document. If you have followers on your blog, they will no longer be able to view your site by visiting it directly unless you invite them as a viewer. They will also no longer receive new content you publish in Reader; however, content that you published when your site was public might still be viewable.