When I posted about How to recover from Google panda, I mentioned that let your quality pages indexed by Google and keep others as noindex but dofollow. This goes for your tags, categories, author and monthly archive pages. There are two solid reasons to Noindex WordPress Categories and Tags
- Avoid post duplication issue
- Only quality pages will become part of search.
Second reason is very important after Google panda algo is live, as Google mentioned that Google panda focus on quality content. Obviously your tags and categories pages can’t be considered as quality pages for search engine. They are good for user-navigation but doesn’t add any value to search engine. Many WordPress users are not aware of how they can keep WordPress blog tags and categories as noindex. Here I’m sharing ways by which you can add noindex attribute to your category and tag pages.
Ways to noindex WordPress Categories and Tags:
No-index your tags and categories:
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 listed below, where I have explained how you can no index tags, categories and also your author archive pages.
If you are using your them SEO option, you need to use no index option in front of tags and categories archive. If you are not really sure of this technical term, watch this video where you will learn everything about SEO of your WordPress blog:
Do let us know if you are keeping your WordPress tags and categories as noindex or doindex? Which method are you using to keep them noindex? Also you might like to read about How to manage WordPress tags effectively.