Stop Search Engines from Indexing a Webpage

Have a webpage that you want Google Search to ignore? Here’s how…

This one’s nice and easy.

Simply add the code below within the head element of the webpage in question. When Google’s bots next attempt to crawl your website/webpage, it’ll see this meta data and drop it from Google Search results, whether other sites link to it or not. With that in mind, I usually make it the top-most piece of meta data within the header tag, so it’s read by the bots right away.

This is a useful technique to use for test pages, secret pages, pages that you want to be viewed by direct traffic rather than searched for, pages that are trumping more important pages in your sitelinks (a collection of links that Google determines to be the most useful to help users navigate your website) etc.

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

You can use multiple directives like so (nofollow tells Google not to follow links on this page):

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

There are various other directives that can be used, which can be seen here on Google Search Central.


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