Google Not Indexing Your Home Page? Remove The NoIndex Tag.

Nov 22, 2013 • 8:34 am | comments (8) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

do not enterOne of the most basic reasons Google or any search engine won't index and rank a web page is because you won't allow them to.

Either the spiders cannot access the site due to technical issues or you are explicitly instructing them to not enter your site with a noindex tag.

I've written about this before, Don't Overlook The Obvious: NoIndex Tag - but it often is overlooked.

Heck, I see it all the time in the forums. I've been called by large fortune 500 companies with SEO issues. I've seen more than once, they have a noindex tag on their home page causing the issue. Sometimes they are hard to spot due to redirects, so use a http header checker tool to verify before the redirects.

But don't overlook the obvious, check that first.

John Mueller of Google spotted a complaint in the Google Webmaster Help forums and after a day of back and forth between the site owner and people in the forum, John came in and said - it is more obvious than that.

It looks like a lot of your pages had a noindex robots meta tag on them for a while and dropped out because of that. In the meantime, that meta tag is gone, so if you can keep it out, you should be good to go :).

Of course, Google knows that because they have those details but if you hide those details from SEOs and remove the meta tag before they see the issue - then what.

Forum discussion at Google Webmaster Help.

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Jason McCuen

11/22/2013 02:09 pm

Great point! It remindes me of when I used to sell Cell Phones - If someone came in with a broken phone - half the time all it needed was to be turned on. Start with the obvious and work your way from there! Cheers!


11/22/2013 02:54 pm

Not personally, but then I had our review and dev servers setup so they automatically return a fully blocked robots.txt file for any domain so I don't need to use noindex flags :) Seen it a few times when helping out on the Google webmaster forums however

Winston Burton

11/22/2013 09:04 pm

Funny how simple stuff can cause such big problems. I also recommend checking the robots.txt file.

Matt Antonino

11/23/2013 12:55 pm

I don't use many automated tools to do SEO audits but this is a job for Woorank or SEOAuditr, two Chrome plugins I use just to "check the obvious first."

Spook SEO

11/23/2013 06:47 pm

Wow. This is just another life hack from you. Beginners will surely appreciate it Sometimes, it is hard to navigate within the page because there are so many options. We are so lucky that this page is spoonfeeding it to us. Thanks a lot.


11/23/2013 10:50 pm

Google Not Indexing Your Home Page? Ban google on your computer!


11/25/2013 01:43 am

Is there anyway a webmaster will have a noindex tag on his/her pages without knowing that he/she has such a code on his site?

Faizan Khamisani

12/11/2013 04:01 pm

If Google not indexing your page, this is not necessary that their is a "Noindex Tag". Their will be many more reason Google is not index the page.

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