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Posted 13 February 2006 - 08:18 PM
I was looking at a competitors site so check why they have improved in rankings in the last few months. It seems that they have added browse trees to the footer to all possible categories. For example, browse by designer, browse by colour, browse by year etc. They have atleast 10 browse categories.
I noticed they are using robots noindex, follow on all their browse pages.
Why is noindex important? Overdoing the browse trees, could it possibly mean a spam risk?
Posted 13 February 2006 - 08:21 PM
Posted 13 February 2006 - 08:25 PM
Which means those pages certainly aren't helping their rankings.
Posted 13 February 2006 - 09:46 PM
The URLs for the Browse trees are unique. So they won't have canonical URL issues... www.domain.com/browse/designer, www.domain.com/browse/colour etc.
Posted 13 February 2006 - 09:50 PM
Jill, these browse pages have PR of 7. I was wondering if because they are using noindex,follow ...the ranking for the pages which are linked from the browse pages are benefiting.
Posted 13 February 2006 - 10:28 PM
Posted 13 February 2006 - 10:50 PM
But I know for a fact that the <meta name="robots" content="noindex,follow"> has been there for some time now.
What does this mean then? the URLs for the browse are defintiely not indexed in Google.
Posted 13 February 2006 - 11:11 PM
Posted 14 February 2006 - 01:25 AM
Posted 17 February 2006 - 04:32 PM
Posted 13 February 2007 - 07:52 PM
the page remains in index, the links on the page are followed?
page removed from index, obviously links are not followed
Also, what if you create a new page, with noindex,follow. Does the page get indexed and do the links get followed?
Anyone ideas? Or do I need to set up a test?
Posted 13 February 2007 - 09:21 PM
Technically speaking, a noindex,follow sounds awfully contradictory to me, as franco pointed out above. How would one expect the search engine to Follow links if they are being told not to Index the page?
Perhaps this contradiction is why Google chose to ignore noindex, even though they really shouldn't IMO. If a page is noindex I persoanlly think a nofollow should be accepted as being implied, no matter what other directions might be in the meta robots tag. For that matter, I think a noarchive should also be seen as implied if a page wants to be noindex.
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