Noindex pages - Raptor SEO Data
Noindex pages are pages that have a noindex tag present on them. This tag will prevent the page form being indexed by Google and thus will prevent them from appearing in the organic search results.
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If you want to prevent a HTML page from showing in the SERPs (Search Engine Result Pages) you can do so by adding a ‘noindex’ meta robots tag within the source code of the page's head <head…</head? Section. You can also add a noindex tag to the HTML header to achieve the same result.
When Google’s crawler ‘Googlebot’ next crawls the page and identifies the noindex tag or header, it will remove the page from the index and consequently the SERPs.
How to Add or Remove the Meta Robots Noindex
The tag looks like this and you simply need to add or remove this whole tag from the <head>…</head> section of the HTML.
<meta name="googlebot" content="noindex" />
How to Add or Remove the Noindex From the Header
The tag looks like this and you simply need to add or remove this whole tag from the htaccess or config file.
Why Would Use NOINDEX?
Then only reason to use this component is to prevent a page from being indexed by Google and to remove it or prevent it from appearing in the search results. Often this is done because you do not want the page to appear for some reason, typically this is because a page is being used as landing page for something like AdWords.
Often pages used as landing pages are targeted to a specific need and have thin content or duplicate content which is a negative from Google’s perspective.
Why We Show You This Data
Most of the time this is completely intentional and is not a problem, but if this is not intentional for any reason this would be a major error. These tags can appear for a number of common reasons such as:
- Resulting from a website migration where the tag had been failed to be removed
- General update error when making changes to a site
- Poor or cheap web design
- DIY web design
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