On a site I'm working on, The homepage has generic content for visitors who aren't logged in. When a user is logged in, the content shown is personalized to them and could even be considered private.

So when a user is not logged in:

URL: http://example.com

<meta name="robots" content="index, follow">

When a user is logged in:

URL: http://example.com

<meta name="robots" content="noindex, nofollow">

Since both URLs are the same, are there any SEO concerns since the robots directives are different? Is it better to send the user to a different URL for their personalized homepage, and why?

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no bot will ever reach a 'logged' page, as [i think] it can only be obtained filling the login form; thing that no robot [AFAIK] can do today

  • what about browsers... Chrome uses browsing data to help rank search results and might use the meta robots tag?
    – inorganik
    May 8, 2013 at 14:58
  • I don't think, even if chrome uses data, it is for tailoring your results; other people's results won't be affected. May 8, 2013 at 15:02

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