Google: The Robots Meta Tag Is Cumulative (First Come First Serve)

Jul 30, 2010 - 8:11 am 2 by

Here is a little SEO bit that some of the even more experienced SEOs may not have heard of. The order of the meta robots tag is incredibly important. Did you know that the effects are cumulative when it comes to Google understanding the restrictions set in the tag?

Google's JohnMu said in a Google Webmaster Help thread:

For the robots meta tag, the effects are cumulative with regards to the restrictions, eg:


would result in Googlebot treating it as a noindex, nofollow, noodp, noimageindex. This is different than the robots.txt file. You cannot provide more restrictive directives for the generic "robots" setting than for individual crawlers.

So if you need more granular control over controlling robots, use the robots.txt file.

Forum discussion at Google Webmaster Help and hat tip to Colin McDermott.


Popular Categories

The Pulse of the search community


Search Video Recaps

Google Spam Update, Volatility &amp; Indexing Bug, AI Overviews, Google Maps Exploit, Ads, Applebot - YouTube
Video Details More Videos Subscribe to Videos

Most Recent Articles

Search Forum Recap

Daily Search Forum Recap: June 21, 2024

Jun 21, 2024 - 10:00 am
Search Video Recaps

Search News Buzz Video Recap: Google Spam Update, Volatility & Indexing Bug, AI Overviews Tracking & FAQs, Google Maps Exploit, Google Ads, AppleBot & More

Jun 21, 2024 - 8:01 am
Google Updates

Google June 2024 Spam Update Takes Target

Jun 21, 2024 - 7:51 am
Google Search Engine Optimization

Google Search Images Go Missing? Might Be A Quality Issue.

Jun 21, 2024 - 7:41 am

Google Posts Safe Search FAQs

Jun 21, 2024 - 7:31 am

Google Tests Floating Search Bar In Google Discover

Jun 21, 2024 - 7:21 am
Previous Story: Microsoft's Street Slide, A Preview