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  • Enter a domain to check which pages contain the "noindex" tag

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    Noindex, Nofollow Checker for robots <meta> Tag

    What is noindex?

    The meta tag "noindex" is a piece of code designed for webmasters to add to any given page of their website in which they do not want Google or any other search engines to index that page. You might be wondering why anyone would not want to have a web page indexed, more is better right? Wrong!

    With the major changes made by Google's Webspam Team and releasing the Panda and Penguin updates in 2011 - 2012 they have changed the way we do SEO completely. The typical "Black Hat" SEO tactics that worked once before will now get you in trouble and possibly deindexed completely from search engines. It's very important that you know how and when to use the "noindex" tag on your own website. Properly using this tag can help you.

    Different Types of noindex Meta Tags

    <meta name="robots" content="noindex, nofollow" />
    <meta name="robots" content="noindex" />
    <meta name="robots" content="nofollow" />

    By default search engines will assume index,follow by default so there is no need to include this in your code if you feel the need to do so.

    All Search Engines

    <meta name="robots" content="noindex" />

    Google

    <meta name="googlebot" content="noindex" />

    Yahoo

    <meta name="Slurp" content="noindex" />

    Bing (Microsoft)

    <meta name="msnbot" content="noindex" />

    There are reports that Bing tends to either ignore this tag or take forever to recognize it. If you would like to know more about this you can read it here. You can also contact Bing directly to have them remove content here

    Yandex

    There is a Russian search engine called Yandex which does something cool which I think that other search engines should adopt. They provide the ability to noindex parts of a page by simply adding a <noindex><noindex/> tag to a block of text or content.

    Difference between noindex, nofollow in the meta tag

    Matt Cutts talks about this exact topic and explains it well. The basic idea with using noidex,nofollow is having a search engine no index a page, but still want the links on that page to be followed.

    Where to put it

    You place the meta tag code between the <head><head/> of the page you want to noindex. This is generally located in the top of the page in your code. If you do not see the head tag then you are going to want to validate your pages and make sure they are constructed well. This could be an indication that you have something wrong and could effect user experience.

    If you would like to dive deeper into how and when to use a noindex tag more effectively to maximize your SEO potential please read our help pages


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