I have worked on several websites that have lists of products (or lists of something) that span over multiple pages.
Generally the first page might have some text describing the products in the category, but not on subsequent pages.
I noticed in Google Search Console for one website was reporting duplicate meta descriptions for pages 1, 2, 3, etc.
I am wondering what is the best practice for these type of pages?
I was thinking it might be a good idea to add a NOINDEX to everything but the first page, but still allow search engines to follow these pages so they can discover the products on each page.
Although I might like someone to find one of the products listed on page 2+ from a search engine, I don't think I want them to go to the actual page 2+ from a search engine - I want them to go directly to the product.
The other option is to let search engines index page 2+ but change the meta description to ensure it is unique (by maybe including the page number: "Page 2 of category xyz...").
What is best practice in this area?