Hi we want to run beta.example.com in addition to www.example.com. The beta is a copy of the www site.
We don't want the beta site to be indexed or be visible in SERPs or disturb the www.example.com index in Google etc. The beta site is for development and testing before we roll out the changes to the www site.
My question is, what's the best practice keeping Google SEO in mind for the beta site? Should I password protect it using htaccess and also no follow directive in the robots.txt file of beta.example.com?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated as always! Thanks!