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Expose the content in Confluence to Google Search Engine

Hi there, how can I configure my confluence space content to expose under google search engine?

For example, I got an acticle "How to setup confluence space". When I enter the key work in google search engine, it should able to list down the article on the google search result.

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Shannon S
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Mar 26, 2018

Hi there,

You would need to open up Public Access on your Confluence space in order for Google to index your pages.

Please be aware that once you open up Public Access, all of your spaces may be viewed by the general public. If you only want a specific space opened up, then once you open up Public Access as a whole on your site, you will want to go into each individual space that you do NOT want public access, and disable individually there.

Let me know if you have any questions.



Hi Shannon,

95% of our confluence content is private and there is 5% that we would like to make public.


To clarify, I would need to create a new 'space' for public content and copy the 5% over to that public 'space'? Can this be done using exerts?


Also, you're saying that enabling public access, enables it for every 'space' on our account? and we have to manually disable it for each 'space' ? We have literally hundreds of 'spaces', this is not feasible for us. Do you have any other suggestions?




Shannon S
Atlassian Team
Atlassian Team members are employees working across the company in a wide variety of roles.
Dec 20, 2018

Hi Gary,

You would indeed need to open up public access on Confluence under your Global Permissions, per the previous article. 

In order to make a space public, your administrator must first turn on the global permission for anonymous access.

This permission doesn't automatically grant anonymous users permission to see any of the content on your site, but it does need to be turned on to give space admins the option of granting anonymous users access to their space. 

I've tested this on my own instance, and I can confirm that the individual spaces that already had permissions set didn't automatically grant anonymous users access, but you will want to double-check this on your instance. You can have a look at the default permissions to avoid new spaces created with anonymous access:

To set the default space permissions:

  1. Go to  > General Configuration > Space Permissions.

  2. Choose Edit Permissions.

Default permissions are configurable for groups only, not for individual or anonymous users.

Let me know if you have any questions about that.



Like Bhoom Suktitipat likes this

I had all the permissions as specified above. These configurations exists for months now. Still, when I search for anything on google, I do not get my pages in the search results. These 

@Mohit Shukla Check

In our case this returns a robots.txt file that forbids search engines to access any of our pages. Atlassian support says there's nothing that can be done, which I do not understand. So we have a wiki that cannot be indexed by search engines, which renders it virtually invisible.

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