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Glossary keyword - NoIndex


NoIndex is a term in web page development. The term refers to the value of an HTML robot’s meta tag request. The value with a NoIndex request, commands the automated internet bots to avoid indexing specific web pages. There are various reasons why developers use this tactic. Some of these reasons are; through Noindex, robots are advised not to index large databases, web pages that could be transitory, a webpage that a developer might want to keep private, a mobile and printer-friendly version of a webpage, a page that might still be under development, etc. But since the creator of the search robot is responsible for adding the noindex tags, there could be instances where the tags could not be added or properly-being read by search bots. Sometimes the Noindex tag could be interpreted differently from one search engine optimization (SEO) company to the next, creating a need to define them first. 

Difference between NoIndex and Nofollow

The main difference between NoIndex and Nofollow is that Nofollow is a value that is used by developers to make suggestions to search engines like Google to block link equity through any links on webpages. It works by adding Nofollow value to meta tags that are, in return, added to HTML source codes of a webpage. So to sum up, the Noindex tag is used to block indexes to specific web pages, whereas Nofollow blocks pass link equities through links on webpages. Some examples for pages that use Noindex are “Thank you pages,” and “Members only pages.”


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