In a new prototype, I need an icon to show "Do not Crawl this page"

The purpose of the icon is :

  • The users are able to choose which pages the search engines should not crawl.

I created an icon consisting of a page, a search icon over it, and a line over all of them. The Icon appears too busy.

Does any one have a solution?

Update: some one asked for screenshot:

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  • Can you please include a screenshot?
    – Welz
    Jun 21, 2017 at 15:28
  • i have added screenshot
    – user96231
    Jun 21, 2017 at 15:33

2 Answers 2


Traditionally a spider is used to designate a web crawler.

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I would use a spider icon, then a spider icon with a "don't" symbol over it.

Spider icon from here: Iconfinder

  • spider do work, but it is so technical. i need something that anyone understand.
    – user96231
    Jun 21, 2017 at 15:46
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    Is it technical? It's like stating the magnifying glass is too technical for search... it's pretty much universally understood for anyone controlling web content. Sometimes the best solution is to educate uneducated users, not reinvent the wheel. But that's just my opinion.
    – Scott
    Jun 21, 2017 at 15:47
  • Thanks for the suggestion. the users are editors with no idea of how search crawlers and search engines work. that is why i afraid a crawl would be a little too technical for them. I hope i get another suggestion
    – user96231
    Jun 21, 2017 at 15:50
  • @Fawad as Metis said, the spider is the only thing I've ever seen used to reference web crawling. You say it's too technical, but I would honestly have no idea what your created icon was trying to portray, without you telling me. The spider is simple, effective, universally recognized.
    – Manly
    Jun 21, 2017 at 17:09
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    I disagree with the magnifying glass idea. Crawling (indexing) and searching are not exactly the same thing. Which one do you want it do mean? If you intend it to mean "Do not crawl" then I still say spider is the only logical choice. If you actually mean "Do not search" then perhaps the magnifying glass could work. @Fawad
    – Manly
    Jun 22, 2017 at 14:02

How about a lock or a key, or a combination of the two? With the proper icon pair you can also represent the unlocked pages if you need to also show these somehow.

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  • That would look like Lock page not Hide page.
    – Webster
    Jun 21, 2017 at 22:12
  • A lock would mean protected page (For users)
    – user96231
    Jun 22, 2017 at 9:57

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