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My website uses a custom error page with the <meta name="robots" content="noindex"> meta tag.

Am I right in thinking this tag will tell crawlers, such as Googlebot, to remove the page from their index?

Should I also be setting the HTTP status code accordingly, e.g. HTTP 404, or will this affect SEO performance?

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Should I also be setting the HTTP status code accordingly, e.g. HTTP 404

Absolutely yes! With this alone you send a signal to Google to not index it. Your meta robots will be in this case a kind of redundant rule.

But, if Google mistakenly already indexed your error page - just let your robots be, adjust 404 status code correctly - and after some time Google will remove it from index.

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    If the correct 404 status is used, there is no need for the meta tag to prevent indexing. – Stephen Ostermiller Nov 15 '18 at 9:37

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