How to use "noindex" and "nofollow" Meta Tags?
Search engines usually index all the pages and links on your site; however, in some cases we want him to not do this for certain reasons. When would we need to use "noindex" and "nofollow" and how to do it? This will be our tutorial here, so complete reading.
When to Use “noindex” Separately?
Sometimes, we don't want Google search engine to index a certain page on our website, so we add a "noindex" tag. However, it will continue to follow all the links found on this page and give them a ranking authority.
For example, you have a paid landing page which your visitor must not see except if he pays. In this case, you use "noindex" tag where search engines can't index it, but they still can index the links in it and give them the authority.
When to Use "nofollow” Separately?
If you want search engines to index a certain page without following the links in it and without giving them any ranking authority, you add only a "nofollow" tag.
This is rarely used by web owners, but it is good to know it.
What matters? more is whether you use a "noindex" tag alone. for. your page or you also add a "nofollow" tag.
When to Use “noindex, nofollow” Together
On the other hand, we get a lot of cases where we don't want Google search engines to index our page nor to follow the links in it.
A good example which can explain the importance of this usage is when offering a thank you page that leads to a paid landing page. In this case, we don't want search engines to index our page nor follow the links of the paid content and index it. Here, we use both a "noindex" and "nofollow" tag
How to Add a "noindex" and/or a "nofollow" Meta Tag
To add a "noindex", a "nofollow" Meta Tag or both, follow these steps:
Step 1: Whatever the case it, you need to copy the relevant tag below:
For using a "noindex" metatag:
<META NAME="robots" CONTENT="noindex">
For using a "nofollow" metatag:
<META NAME="robots" CONTENT="nofollow">
For using both "noindex" and "nofollow" metatag:
<META NAME="robots" CONTENT="noindex,nofollow">
Step 2: Go to the source code of your page and paste the metatag to the <head> section (in the header).
You can't use any plugin, you have to do this manually. Don't worry, it is super easy.
This metatag tells the search engine if you want it to not follow, not index or both.
In this case, we utilize both a "noindex" and a "nofollow" tag.
dd both a "noindex" and "nofollow" tag when you don't want search engines to index a webpage in search, and you don't want it to follow the links on that page.
it's a good idea to "noindex" tag, author type pages - since they are duplicate content and may dilute the performance of your real pages.
But if you find certain tag or author pages bring valid traffic, you can make an exception for them
A 'noindex' tag instructs search engines not to include the page in their results.
The most popular way to noindex a page is to include a tag in the HTML head section or in the response headers. To allow search engines to view this information, the page must not be blacklisted (disallowed) in a robots.txt file.
noindex means that a web page shouldn't be indexed by search engines and therefore shouldn't be shown on the search engine's result pages. nofollow means that search engines spiders shouldn't follow the links on that page.
The page containing these meta tags will be interpreted as having a noindex, nofollow directive when crawled by Googlebot
All meta directives (robots or otherwise) are discovered when a URL is crawled.
A 'noindex' tag tells search engines not to include the page in search results.
Sometimes developers will add the NOINDEX,NOFOLLOW meta robots tag on development websites, so that search engines don't accidentally start
The noindex directive is an often used value in a meta tag that can be added to the HTML source code of a webpage to suggest to search engines
Google, Yahoo!, and Bing (Live) support noindex and nofollow in the meta directives. noindex tells the search engines to not bother caching
If you don't want to get indexed in google use noindex meta tag.
By using the “no index” meta tag for a page, or as an HTTP response header, you are essentially hiding the page from search.
Use the standard <meta name="robots" content="noindex, nofollow"> instead of trying to keep up with the different search engines.
You can use the meta robots tag to control where and how Google and other
The meta tags tell search engines which limits apply when showing pages in search