Google showing very few Bahmni Confluence Wiki results

Hello All

Just wanted to let the community know that for some unknown reason, Bahmni WIKI pages are not showing up as often in Google Search results, as they used to earlier. DuckDuckGo on the other hand does seem to show much better results. I have raised a query with Atlassian, since we use the Cloud instance of Confluence. Maybe some recent settings have changed, which resulted in Bahmni wiki not being indexed.

So, for those who are searching for Bahmni documentation, esp on wiki, if you don’t get good results on Google, please try DuckDuckGo, or just search directly on Bahmni WIKI

See Google Results for “Security Guide Bahmni”: Security guide bahmni - Google Search

See DuckDuckGo results for same (MUCH BETTER!):

Or search directly on Bahmni Wiki here: Security Guide Search on WIKI

#community #openmrs #bahmni @angshuonline @taseew @akhilmalhotra

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An Update from Atlassian/Confluence Support Team:

“Atlassian has enabled features that allow easy sharing of Confluence content broadly with public users. However, safeguarding our customer’s data and ensuring information security is our top priority. Due to this, we have taken measures to ensure to the best of our ability that crawling or indexing of this public content is prevented. We hope to introduce an option for customers to opt into allowing their public content to be indexed.”

What this effectively means, is that Atlassian has blocked search engines from indexing public pages (on Confluence Cloud) due to security concerns, and hence Bahmni WIKI will no longer be indexed by Google. DuckDuckGo is still showing the search results, but its a matter of time before they don’t show up there too.

Since last 7+years Confluence has explicity allowed search engines to crawl Bahmni Public pages, but due to some recent concerns on security, this has been switched off for all public spaces on Confluence. If you see their public documentation, it explicitly states that for Open Knowledge bases, it is a good idea to enable Anonymous Access, so it can be indexed by Search Engines (which is how Bahmni wiki has been operating for past so many years): Share a space externally with anonymous access | Confluence Cloud | Atlassian Support

But alas, now Atlassian has suddenly decided to block search engines! :frowning:

My support ticket PCS-179752 is still open with Atlassian, but given their recent reply, I am not optimistic.

Good news!!

Atlassian has enabled Search Engine crawling for Bahmni wiki, and now Google is also showing the Bahmni wiki results again! Yay!

As you can see, there is Allow: /wiki/

Now we can again search Bahmni confluence wiki results on Google!