I have a 3 links on my site that are throwing failures in the Mobile Usability section of the Google Search Console for:

  • Text too small to read
  • Viewport not set

Google has no need to crawl these pages so I have added a rel="nofollow" on the three links, e.g. https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/96569?hl=en

I would like to know if the Google Search Console will respect this field when performing a new validation/test on my site?

  • Have you tried adding disallow directives to your robots.txt for these URLs? You can then try Fetch as Google to crawl them to see that's working (which it should). – dan Apr 2 '19 at 7:51
  • @dan Thanks for the comment. I don't have a robots.txt at the moment and adding the rel="nofollow" to the link seemed to be doing the same thing, at least to my understanding. My question is more around whether specifically the GSC will respect this if I trigger a re-validation manually to correct errors. – crmpicco Apr 2 '19 at 8:12
  • No problem. Good question - in theory I'd agree, but I really don't know, maybe someone else has tested this. – dan Apr 2 '19 at 8:35
  • nofollow on a link seems to discourage Google adding the destination to it's crawl list. But the URL could get added via other links, a sitemap etc. It will not spot a URL being discovered, crawled or indexed. – Tony McCreath Apr 2 '19 at 21:37
  • Do you want Google to not index a page so it does not show in search? If that is the case then adding a robots meta tag set to noindex to the page is your best move. – Tony McCreath Apr 2 '19 at 21:38

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