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Get rid of the meta name="robots" content="index, follow" tag?

Discussion in 'Search Engine Optimization' started by misohoni, May 20, 2004.

  1. andrewwise

    andrewwise Peon

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    #21
    The best way to learn any of these tips is to look at successful sites. What are your competitors doing? If they're #1 for your term, just copy what they're doing, and get to work building better on-site and off-site links.
    SEMrush
    Spending too much time worrying about this small stuff is really not using your time best.
     
    andrewwise, Jan 29, 2009 IP
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    #22
    great ideas, it lessens my confusion.
     
    tonsblogger, May 6, 2009 IP
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    #23
    There's some confusion about the robots metatag in some of the posts above. To my mind, it's clear: the tag is only useful if you want to tell spiders NOT to do something on a page:

    noindex, follow = don't include this page in the SERPS, but pass pagerank through the links on this page

    index, nofollow = include this page in the SERPS, but DONT pass pagerank through the links on this page

    noindex, nofollow = DONT include this page in the SERPS, and DONT pass pagerank through the links on this page

    noodp, noydir = DONT use DMOZ or Yahoo Directory blurb instead of my meta description for SERP snippet (usually only applies to brand name searches)

    index, follow = completely pointless in this form - any search spider exists to be able to index pages and follow links! Using the tag in this form is like instrucing an elephant at a watering hole to drink: there's no need, it's why they're there in the first place. But having this tag here will certainly NOT create problems!

    Finally the robots metatags serve a different function to robots.txt. Excluding something from a robots.txt tells a search engine not to visit a certain area/page, but it still could get indexed if someone links to that page!
     
    jaamit, May 7, 2009 IP
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    #24

    Well, it can cause you no harm but it will not give you better results neither. If you have it already, then you can just leave it but if you do not have no reason for you to get one.
     
    jeany, Dec 16, 2009 IP
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    #25
    It helps search engines to follow your website. No harm in adding it in your website.
     
    forum_posting, Mar 8, 2010 IP
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    #26
    I'm surprised how much I see this used,
    I assumed it wasnt needed alright.
     
    seanmullins, Jun 24, 2010 IP
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    #27
    when adding <meta name="robots" content="noindex,nofollow> attribute to an specific page of an domain, do the whole page of an domain will not be indexed ?
     
    lokiing1`, Sep 30, 2010 IP
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    #28
    So, which meta tags should be added? Of course "title", "description" and "keywords" should be; but I mean others essential meta tags.

    Thanks.
     
    rebeck, Oct 27, 2010 IP
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    #29
    NO, its not compulsory to add this tags on a site. I haven't add this teg on my sites but all are indexed in google having a 2 or 3 PR.
    Robots.txt is generally use for no follow attribute.
     
    Quvincy, Oct 27, 2010 IP