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Noindex/nofollow On All Cart/checkout Pages?


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#1 jsimon

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Posted 04 February 2010 - 08:29 AM

Hello,

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?

Thanks.


#2 Hank Cowdog

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Posted 04 February 2010 - 04:09 PM

QUOTE(jsimon @ Feb 4 2010, 10:29 AM) View Post
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?

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.

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Posted 05 March 2010 - 10:39 AM

Might i add to this discussion the case of using "nofollow" on the links pointing to the cart. Of course, the best practice would be to put nofollow, noindex on the meta tags and maybe exclude the page(s) in robots.txt.




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