How To Tell Google To Not Index A Page
Why should you tell Google to not index a page?
All great marketers understand that the more high quality landing pages with high quality keywords they have on their website, the more organic search results improve. But there are times a high quality landing page can hurt you more than help you, such as a thank-you page or newsletter subscription page. Not to indexing duplicate content pages you have created for your Bing or Adwords advertising to improve your landing page experience is also another thing that can hurt your nonprofit.
Besides, after all of the hard work your put into your website, the last thing you want is for a user to stumble onto your thank your or confirmation pages while using search engines. Not only will this look extremely unprofessional, but you may also lose leads or purchases, which will pile up into false conversions. Here below, we've given you two ways you can tell Google not to index a page.
This first option is to create a robot.txt file, which gives you 100% full control of what you want un-indexed and indexed from one single file. This means you will have the ability to un-index images, single pages, important files, directories, or a group of pages. However, there is a bit of coding involved, but here we've included four articles from Google that makes creating a robot.txt file a breeze.
“No index, no follow” meta tag
This is by far the easiest way to tell Google to not index a page. It just takes one piece of simple code that you’ll copy and paste on each page you want to un-index.
To prevent most search engine web crawlers from indexing a page on your site, place the following meta tag into the <head> section of your page: <meta name="robots" content="noindex, nofollow”>
To prevent only Google web crawlers from indexing a page: <meta name="googlebot" content="noindex, nofollow”>
When do the un-index changes take effect?
Your changes will not take effect until the next crawl by each individual search engine. This may take a few weeks. To speed up the process you can request a crawl from Google by logging into your Google Webmaster Tools account.