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When I posted about how to recover from Google panda, I mentioned that you should let your quality pages be indexed by Google and keep others as “noindex”, but “dofollow”.
This goes for your tags, categories, author pages, and monthly archive pages.
Two major reasons to noindex WordPress categories and tags:
- Avoid post duplication.
- Only quality pages will become part of Google Search.
The second reason is very important after the Google Panda algo became live because Google mentioned that Google Panda now focuses on quality content.
Obviously, your tags and categories pages can’t be considered “quality pages” for search engines. They are good for user-navigation, but they don’t add any value to search engines.
Many WordPress users are not aware of how they can keep WordPress blog tags and categories as “noindex”.
Here are some ways to add the “noindex” attribute to your category and tag pages.
Ways To Noindex WordPress Categories and Tags:
Noindex your tags and categories
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This part is subjective as it depends on what SEO plugin you are using. If you are using SEO plugins like SEO by Yoast or All in one SEO, follow the links I’ve listed below, where I explain how you can “noindex” tags, categories, and author archive pages.
- How to use SEO by Yoast plugin
- How to use All in one SEO plugin
If you are using your theme’s SEO option, you need to use the “noindex” option in front of the tags and categories archive.
Here is a video that shows where to access these settings in Yoast SEO plugin:
Do let us know if you are keeping your WordPress tags and categories as “noindex” or “doindex”. Which methods are you using to keep them “noindex”?
Suggested Reading: How To Effectively Manage WordPress Tags
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