60% Of SEOs Not Worried About Using Mass No Index

Mar 26, 2013 • 8:52 am | comments (4) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

no index pollA few months ago, I polled you guys asking how concerned you are about too many no index tags hurting your search rankings.

Well, the poll results are in with over 200 responses and I thought you'd like to see that most of you are not concerned with using too many no index meta tags.

  • 60% said you are not worried
  • 23% said you were worried
  • 16% said it depends, you may be worried

If it is on purpose, I wouldn't worry myself.

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Andy Morley

03/26/2013 10:29 pm

I generally wouldn't worry too much, the pages most likely to be NoIndex are usually of low value both for Users and Search engines. Doesn't mean the engines won't crawl the content though, that's one thing a lot of people seem to forget.

Craig Hamilton-Parker

03/27/2013 10:09 am

Since I added noindex to my tag pages in Wordpress section of my site a week or so ago I have seen my rank for many important keywords jump. This could of course be other factors such as the ongoing Panda refresh. What's the general advice about tag pages? (I'm not a SEO expert just someone with a legit site but mauled by a Panda.) I read conflicting guidelines.

Jawad Latif

03/27/2013 11:34 am

I added noindex for tags and categories pages of my blog. I observed reduction in impressions and clicks.

John Britsios

03/30/2013 12:39 am

I do not see any problem with using the "noindex" meta robots directive, if your intention is to prevent the search engines indexing pages which are only valuable for a web site visitor. But if your intention is to prevent indexing of low quality pages for users, then I see a very serious problem, which is usually overlooked.

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