Noindex Settings

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NOINDEX

NOINDEX is a meta tag that can be displayed to search robots that requests them not to index content.  The specific directive differs between each search robot.  For example, the directive it gives Google’s search robots is Do not show this page in search results and do not show a “Cached” link in search results.  Other search robots interpretation may be different.

Read the official Google Webmaster Tools document regarding NOINDEX

NOFOLLOW

NOFOLLOW is a meta tag that can be displayed to search robots that requests them not to follow any links in the content.  This can be especially useful when either you do not want search engines to follow links to certain content on your site, or more importantly when you do not want search engines to follow outbound links to other people’s websites.

Read the official Google Webmaster Tools document regarding NOFOLLOW

NOINDEX Settings

In the Noindex Settings section in All in One SEO Pack you can control the default settings for NOINDEX and NOFOLLOW for the different types of content on your site.  This includes:

  • Posts
  • Pages
  • Media attachments
  • Custom Post Types
  • Categories
  • Date archives
  • Author archives
  • Tag archives

Check the applicable box to set the NOINDEX and NOFOLLOW meta tag for each type of content.  This setting can be overridden on specific posts, pages, custom posts, categories, tags and custom taxonomies.

Noindex Settings in All in One SEO Pack

Noindex Settings in All in One SEO Pack

Use Noindex for the Search page

This option will set the NOINDEX tag on the standard WordPress search page and search results page.

Use Noindex for the 404 page

This option will set the NOINDEX tag on the 404 page.  This may not work on all themes, it will depend on whether the theme has a static 404 page or dynamically generates the 404 page.

Use noindex for Taxonomy Archives:

This option will set the NOINDEX tag on the archive pages for the taxonomies selected.

Use Noindex for Paginated Pages/Posts

This option will set the NOINDEX tag on all paginated content, for example http://mydomain.com/page/2/ would have the NOINDEX tag but http://mydomain.com/ would not. This is for those who don’t want paginated content to be indexed separately by search engines but instead only the first page be indexed.

Use Nofollow for Paginated Pages/Posts

This option will set the NOFOLLOW tag on all paginated content, for example http://mydomain.com/page/2/ would have the NOFOLLOW tag but http://mydomain.com/ would not. This is for those who don’t want search engines to follow links on paginated content.

NOODP and NOYDIR

The NOODP and NOYDIR meta tags became officially obsolete in March 2017 after both projects had shut down. These meta tags are no longer needed as the projects no longer exist.

Useful Links:

  1. Google Webmaster Tools document regarding NOINDEX
  2. Google Webmaster Tools document regarding NOFOLLOW
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