Google: Do Not No Index Pages With Rel Canonical Tags

Mar 19, 2014 • 8:23 am | comments (19) by | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

do not enterShould you use noindex a page that has a re=canonical tag on it? The answer is no.

We covered this question a few years back but now Google's John Mueller gave a much more concise and clear answer.

In a Google+ thread, John Lincoln pasted a conversation he had with Google's John Mueller on the topic.

Question: Is it okay to have both a rel canonical and a no index no follow on the same page?

Answer: No, you should not combine the noindex with a rel-canonical pointing at an indexable URL. I'd pick one, but not both.

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In 2009, John gave the same type of answer but more of a detailed response. John Lincoln posted his summary at his blog as well.

Forum discussion at Google+.

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