How to Noindex Categories and Tags in WordPress

Google hates duplicate and stale content, Google has made it clear that it is out there to only get quality content to their users and nothing else. Google Panda, one of the most controversial update by Google has been brought upon bloggers and webmasters to minimize the affects of duplicate and stale content over search results.

Obviously our blog‘s categories and tags are not quality stuff, and they are tend to be taken as duplicate post by search engines, well Google does not like these categories and tags. So, we need them to stay away or hidden from Google. These categories and tags can be de-index or No-indexed from Google Search Engine.

So, the next time they crawl into your blog, they won’t crawl these areas and automatically the posts will be no index ones. There are two methods that I am going to share with you people today on how to no index blogs.

2 ways to No Index Categories and Tags

By editing robots.txt file

This is the easiest method that I am going to tell all my readers here. You just have to add a few lines to your blog and bang, they do the trick for your. You need to find out your Robots.txt file from your FTP server. To do this open your server or contact your web host provider.

Once you open you Robots.txt file, add these lines to them

User-agent: *

Disallow: /category/

Disallow: /tag/

These lines will tell the Google search bots, not to crawl you category and tag pages. Not crawling your pages, will lead to no indexing of the pages on Google search in about 1-2 days time. There your work is done. Now the second method.

By the use of a WordPress plugin : Robots Meta Plugin

Robots Meta plugin is nifty tool for WordPress, it gives you all the access to various features concerning the robots.txt file. The robots.txt file tells search engine bot what to crawl and save and what not. You should have a thoroughly optimized robots file else you might be losing your SERPs and readers.

Download Robots Meta plugin

Once you have downloaded the plugin, install it. if you have any issue with installation of the plugin, refer to this guide. Now refer to the picture below, the no index categories and tags of your blog from Google and other search engines.

 

Robots Meta

 

I f you have followed the instruction perfectly than your categories and Tags will be no indexed in a short amount of time. This plugin is exclusive to WordPress and other blog platform users can refer to the 1st method given above.

If you face any kind of problem with this tutorial feel free to leave your comments. Also leave your feedback and if you know of other plugins or ways to edit robots.txt file or no index categories and tags on a WordPress blog, do leave your comments below, I’ll be happy to discuss the various possibility.

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  • http://www.seotexter.net Mathias

    Hi, thanks for the help. I use the plugin wp robots txt for this job. I gives me the possiblity to edit the robots.txt file in the reading setting in the dashboard of wordpress.

    thanks again