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Noindex/nofollow On All Cart/checkout Pages?
Posted 04 February 2010 - 08:29 AM
I read this article, Secure Pages, Shopping Carts and Duplicate Content, by Michael Gray in December. He wrote:
Use a “noindex/nofollow” meta tag on all of your cart/checkout pages.
But I'm wondering, can a search engine spider even get to these pages? Just like a spider can't fill out forms, and can't use a pull-down menu, the only way for a SE spider to get to these pages of my website is to add something to the cart. So, should I really be doing this?
Posted 04 February 2010 - 04:09 PM
Yes, it is worth doing this: many sites have a link to the current shopping cart contents, which would not require a form submission to access.
Also, some site create an "Add to Cart" link on the product details page, which again would not require a form to execute. Without blocking the spiders, they might make add-to-cart requests of the server and then try to index the resulting page.
Posted 05 March 2010 - 10:39 AM
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