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There are 2 main ways to prevent search engines from indexing specific pages: A Robots.txt file for your domain. The Meta Robots tag on each page. Robots.txt should be your first stop for URL patterns that match several files. You can see the syntax here and more detailed here. The robots.txt file must be placed in the root folder of your domain, i.e. at ...


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In the root of the directory of the subdomain website, add a file called robots.txt containing: User-agent: * Disallow: / This will tell web crawlers not to index the site at all. They do not have to obey, but the main ones will.


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There are various theories as to how Google knows what to crawl. It could be that someone linked to your mobile version. It could be that Google tried random urls and came across the /m version of your site. I'm not aware that they say they won't use URLs from their analytics data. Yes they do follow those rules: ...


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(I work with Google's crawling & indexing teams) Let's start with the easy one: assuming you don't want these files used for indexing at all, you can just use the robots.txt file to disallow crawling of the scripts and responses. This prevents Googlebot from accessing the URLs, and would of course also prevent it from using them for anything else. The ...


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No. Read this(all of it; there's a lot of useful stuff), though of particular relevance here: Google no longer recommends blocking crawler access to duplicate content on your website, whether with a robots.txt file or other methods. [...] Duplicate content on a site is not grounds for action on that site unless it appears that the intent ...


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If you mean this post, Google found it just fine when I searched for it. Considering you only posted it today, that's pretty good. I would've recommended using XML sitemaps and the HTTP ping feature to minimize indexing delays, but it looks like you're already using a plugin that does that. To be honest, I can't think of anything else to suggest — ...


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Yoast answers this very well in this blog post: A better solution would be to add a <meta name="robots" content="noindex, follow"> tag to those search results pages, as it would prevent the search results from rankings but would allow the link “juice” to flow through to the returned posts and pages. Someone will inevitably link to a page you wish ...


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From https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/156184?hl=en Sitemaps are a way to tell Google about pages on your site we might not otherwise discover. This means you don't need a sitemap if you don't want Google to discover anything. Having a sitemap won't do anything so I wouldn't make one at all.


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Using a robots.txt file in your subdomain will help (and Google will obey this), but another step you can take is to specify with a Google Webmasters account that you don't want this subdomain to be indexed. You can also use a meta tag on all pages in the subdomain: <meta name="robots" content="noindex"> If this happens to be a site that you ...


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You only really have one page in the site and that page doesn't have a great deal of content on it. I appreciate there is an about page, but that isn't coded properly and has no meta description so google is ignoring it. My advice would be:- Write more content (game tutorials, a blog, high score pages and so on) Make sure your HTML is well formed and SEO ...


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The problem is that you are using noindex on your pages, see line:97 when viewing the source of your page. See below: Line 96: <meta name="description" content="xxxx" /> Line 97: <meta name="robots" content="noindex,nofollow" /> Line 98: <meta name="googlebot" content="noarchive" />


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The surest way to get those pages out of index is to use this in the HTML head section: <meta name="robots" content="noindex" /> Sometimes Google indexes some URLs (but not the content) despite the Disallow in robots.txt. See my answer to this question for details.


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Yoast discusses why this setting exists on his site. If your archive pages have any kind of static content or introduction, you run the risk of that content getting indexed on the second and subsequent pages of your archive and a dupe penalty applied. If you don't have that intro text, users get dumped into your older posts and may not have any real idea ...


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To prevent Google to index your documents but let bots crawl your documents (for SEO purposes), you can put these following lines in your .htaccess (if you use Apache as a web server). It will give weight to tell to Google to index your webpages and not your documents. <Files ~ "\.pdf$"> Header set X-Robots-Tag "noindex" </Files> With ...


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Perhaps a very non-user friendly site-map?


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You should prevent Google from crawling site search pages. Google doesn't want to crawl your site search at all. Here is Google's Matt Cutts blog post about the issue: Search results in search results by Matt Cutts on March 10, 2007. Google now actively penalizes sites that allow their site search results to be crawled and appear in Google's SERPs. By ...


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Days, Weeks and Months... It can take Google days, weeks and even months for Google to remove pages marked noindex, robots and 404's. Generally it takes Google several crawls before Google acts on the new information of a page. User Errors It should be also noted that more than often users make human errors and create 404's, noindexs and so forth by ...


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It makes a difference. The bots do this: Go to noindex.html. Crawl it, check it, do all the usual checks, get all internal links Don't index this page, because rel="noindex" Repeat for each internal link As you can see, it still follows all internal links, it just doesnt index no-index.html. This means internal-linked-page.html will get found, crawled ...


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TLDR; No So, for example, if I send noindex for my jQuery script, so Google would not be able to use them to load Ajax, I suppose it is not good for my site's SEO, right? No, you seem confused what NOINDEX actually does. NOINDEX: Allows crawling, following the links in it. Disallows indexing (which would automatically include NOARCHIVE and ...


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You should not use both noindex and rel=canonical, because noindex won't let pages pass any PageRank to its canonical version. rel="canonical" is a hint, not a directive, so Google will decide which page to take and show in search results. Here are posts at seroundtable, there they cite John Mueller's comments, from Google: No, you should not ...


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because I want to know precisely which pages my visitors are intereted in. Your visitors are interested in the pages that come up highest in your stats. (I'm necessarily simplifying here, but generally.) Finding that out doesn't require disappearing everything you assume is not interesting. Let's say for the sake of discussion that your tag page for ...


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If you use the X-Robots-Tag tag, either as a meta tag or HTTP header with a value of noindex then that page will not appear in the SERPs. The links should be followed unless you use nofollow in the links, X-Robots-Tag meta tag, or X-Robots-Tag HTTP header on the HTML sitemap page.


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Even if you use nofollow PageRank is still "lost" to those links even if those pages don't actually get it . So you won't be accomplishing anything by doing this.


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I would think that the you are just not ranking that high with the words in your title. There are a lot of links to sites like "Global Thermonuclear War", "online war game", and things like that that are ranking above your site.


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Or should I use rel="canonical" for the promotion page? No, only use canonical for pages with (almost) identical content. Your promotion list page and an individual promotion are clearly different pages. What I do is use "noindex, follow" for the links. Is that a good idea? I think you shouldn't disallow the indexing. Search engines can be very ...


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Yes. Google Custom Search uses the indexed pages in Google, usually filtered for your domain. If you do not index your pages (noindex) CSE can't return them as a result.


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The fact that a page is being served up with a 404 error means that responsible web indexes will not be storing the 404 page itself anyway. That is what the HTTP status code is for - the number 404 isn't there for the user's benefit! As far as removing the original page from an index, it would be better to make resources which are truly gone return an ...


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You can set the rate at which Googlebot crawls your website in Google Webmaster Tools. http://support.google.com/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=48620 This is how you should limit Googlebots access not by denying it access. Because noindex pages they will still visit causing hits on your server. Robots.txt disallow may work but be careful you ...


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If you have no descriptive text for your products you will have lots of "thin content" pages that will not be viewed favorably by search engines such as Google. On the other hand, if you have repeated descriptions you will have lots of "duplicate content" that will not be viewed favorably, either. Unfortuantely, there simply is no automated solution to ...


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If multiple page URLs produce the same content then that's exactly what <link rel="canonical"> is for. It's for telling the search engines that the content of multiple URLs are the same and to use that specific one as the primary one. That avoids duplication issues altogether and is very simple to do.



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