The noindex, follow meta robots tag means:
Do NOT index this webpage.
Do follow the links to other webpages.
<meta name="robots" content="noindex, follow">
This meta robots tag is equal to:
<meta name="robots" content="noindex">
The above is the best SEO option for stopping Google etc… from indexing a webpage where you want all the links from the webpage followed so the rest of the site is indexed/ranked.
This can be useful on webpages Google etc… can get access to, but shouldn’t be indexed. For example webpage related to a shopping cart basket where the page shows what a visitor has added to their shopping basket.
Note: Google honors the noindex robots meta tag, but this does NOT mean Google won’t list the webpage in Google. I know it’s confusing, but if a webpage with a robots noindex meta tag has a fair number of backlinks Google will index the page based on the backlinks. What you will find is a noindexed page can be found by some Google searchers and the results page shows a link to the noindexed page using the pages URL as the title and a blank description.
- meta name=”robots” content=”index, follow”
- meta name=”robots” content=”noindex, follow”
- meta name=”robots” content=”index, nofollow”
- meta name=”robots” content=”noindex, nofollow”
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