July 2018 Update: Instead of Meta robots, you should use Yoast SEO plugin. Read this configuration guide for SEO by Yoast plugin.
Onsite SEO is one of the important aspects of search engine optimization, and before SEO by Yoast, meta robots used to be a great plugin. In case if you are not using SEO by Yoast, and looking for a WordPress plugin, which configures your blog’s Noindex, Meta Robots WordPress plugin is the best plugin.
Meta Robots is a powerful WordPress SEO plugin which will help you to optimize your WordPress blog for search engine. Meta robots plugins come with a setting panel, from where you can make changes like putting no index and no follow attributes into your blog.
How to use Robots Meta WordPress Plugin?
Note: If you are using WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin, this functionality is already there. You can read this configuration guide for SEO by Yoast plugin.
For any newbie blogger, it may be hard to understand which part they should be Noindex and which part they should Index. By default, all the part of your blog is indexed and crawled by Google. In simple word, here is difference which you need to understand:
- Noindex: Search engine bots will not index the page
- Nofollow: Search engine bots will not follow the link
- Index: Search engine bots will index the page
- Follow/Dofollow: Bots will follow the link, and link juice will be passed to that external page.
Pages such as category, tags, author, page1/page2, WP-admin doesn’t add any value to the search engine. They are for better user experience. It’s a good idea to keep all such pages Noindex from Google. Here are the optimum settings:
Put check box on the following options: You need to expand all the options; RSS feeds, Prevent indexing, Permalink Settings, Internal Nofollow settings.
- Noindex the comment RSS feeds
- This site results page
- The login and register pages
- Author Archive
- Date-based archive
- Category Archive
- Tag Archive
- Redirect Attachment URL’s to Parent post URL
- Nofollow outbound links on the homepage
- Nofollow login and registration link
- Nofollow comment links
Here is a quick screen shot for the same:
Moreover, by using Meta Robots plugin, you can also put Noindex, No follow attributes in a single blog post. When we write blog posts, some of the posts doesn’t add any value to search engine. Making such post Noindex is very useful, though you want all the links from that post to be followed.
Meta robots plugin also provides you an option by which you can make changes in your individual blog posts.
By default index, follow option is selected, you can change the option as required. For an example, if you are writing any affiliate post, you might want Google to index the post, but don’t want Google to follow the link juice to your affiliate link. In such case, you can select the option no 2 index, no follow.
Along with it, under settings >Robots meta, there are many options which you can select to enhance your WordPress SEO. From the options page, you can also edit your WordPress .htaccess file and your robots.txt file.
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