Google is now sending out notices to those webmasters who have a noindex directive in their robots.txt file. Google Search Console is sending out notices that they should be removed because it is not something Google will support after September 1, 2019.The notice reads "Remove "noindex" statements from the robots.txt of http:" It then says "Google has identified that your site's robots.txt file contains the unsupported rule "noindex". This rule was never officially supported by Google and on September 1, 2019 it will stop working. Please see our help center to learn how to block pages from the Google index."Google announced earlier this month they are doing away with this support.Here is a screen shot from Ruban KT on Twitter:Some folks got many notices:There may have been a delay?Forum discussion at Twitter. … [Read more...] about Google Search Console Notices For Removing Noindex Robots.txt
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share tweet share pin it e-mail share Why should search engines influence indexing? There’s a variety of reasons to control indexing and thus to dictate how a search engine should deal with websites and links: Allow or disallow following links Prevent indexing of irrelevant websites Index duplicate content under only one URL The goal, of course, is to deliver only relevant HTML pages to the engine. But this doesn’t always happen properly. Duplicate content quickly occurs due to technical problems or the ubiquitous ‘human factor‘, which is is all to common. But there are ways to keep an index clean and counteract this. Which methods work? I will be covering 3 methods for influencing the indexing for your site. Which ones these are and how they can be used. /Robots.txt protocol The /robots.txt is like a ‘bouncer‘ for search engine crawlers. It explicitly allows which crawlers may search which pages/sections on a domain. … [Read more...] about SEO Basics – Indexing with / robots.txt, meta tags and canonicals –
Frédéric Dubut from Bing said that its search engine never supported the noindex in a robots.txt file before. So nothing is going to be changing with Bing on that front. While we heard Google did unofficially support it and will stop supporting it on September 1st.Frédéric Dubut wrote on Twitter "The undocumented noindex directive never worked for Bing so this will align behavior across the two engines. NOINDEX meta tag or HTTP header, 404/410 return codes are all fine ways to remove your content from Bing.I asked him this to confirm prior and he said nope, not going to support what is not supported: Again, another reason why Google made the right call by not supporting it?Forum discussion at Twitter. … [Read more...] about Bing: We Never Supported Noindex In Robots.txt
Understanding the difference between the robots.txt file and Robots Tag is critical for search engine optimization and security. It can have a profound impact on the privacy of your website and customers as well. The first thing to know is what robots.txt files and Robots Tags are. Robots.txt Robots.txt is a file you place in your website’s top level directory, the same folder in which a static homepage would go. Inside robots.txt, you can instruct search engines to not crawl content by disallowing file names or directories. There are two parts to a robots.txt directive, the user-agent and one or more disallow instructions. The user-agent specifies one or all Web crawlers or spiders. When we think of Web crawlers we tend to think Google and Bing; however, a spider can come from anywhere, not just search engines, and there are many of them crawling the Internet. Here is a simple robots.txt file telling all Web crawlers that it is okay to spider every page: User-agent: * Disallow: … [Read more...] about Have You Considered Privacy Issues When Using Robots.txt & The Robots Meta Tag?
In the battle between search engines and some mainstream news publishers, ACAP has been lurking for several years. ACAP — the Automated Content Access Protocol — has constantly been positioned by some news executives as a cornerstone to reestablishing the control they feel has been lost over their content. However, the reality is that publishers have more control even without ACAP than is commonly believed by some. In addition, ACAP currently provides no “DRM” or licensing mechanisms over news content. But the system does offer some ideas well worth considering. Below, a look at how it measures up against the current systems for controlling search engines. ACAP started development in 2006 and formally launched a year later with version 1.0 (see ACAP Launches, Robots.txt 2.0 For Blocking Search Engines?). This year, in October, ACAP 1.1 was released and has been installed by over 1,250 publishers worldwide, says the organization, which is backed by the European … [Read more...] about ACAP Versus Robots.txt For Controlling Search Engines