Hi there I need to temporarily instruct Google to exclude from indexing all URLs that contain the following suffix: ?lang=it How can I achieve this?

  • What options have you considered? – GDVS Apr 18 '18 at 8:46
  • Asking here on prowebmasters! Now seriously... :-) I have no idea! Apache rewrite condition? Or? – Riccardo Apr 18 '18 at 10:49
  • I'd think we would have answered this one before, but I can't find a duplicate. – Stephen Ostermiller Apr 18 '18 at 11:29
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    To be clear, do you really mean indexing (= Googlebot may still crawl the pages), or do you mean crawling (= Googlebot may still index the pages)? And should the solution only work for Google Search, not also other search engines? – unor Apr 18 '18 at 19:27
  • @Riccardo My point is — hopefully you've searched Google and made some attempt to figure it out before asking. – GDVS Apr 19 '18 at 10:27

You can tell Googlebot how to handle your site's parameters in search console here: https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/crawl-url-parameters?hl=en&siteUrl=

Simplly click "add parameter" and then add lang=it. Select yes from the dropdown menu. From there you can tell Googlebot not to index pages with that parameter in your URL.

  • I am not sure, what is OP mean by exclude...He is facing duplicate content issue? or he just don't want to index those it lang pages? or don't want to allowed Googlebot at all. – Goyllo May 20 '18 at 12:11

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