How Do I Noindex URLs?

Last update: 18 April, 2018

Yoast SEO provides multiple options for setting a URL or group of URLs to noindex.

Noindex an Individual Post, Page or Other Taxonomy Item

The advanced tab (gear icon) inside the Yoast SEO meta box on the edit screen of the item allows you to set custom robots information like noindex, nofollow, and other advanced robots settings. If you do not see the gear icon you may need to enable the advanced features of the Yoast Metabox. You can do that by going to SEO->Dashboard->Features and selecting On.

The layout may vary as the example above is from a default post type.

Noindex Individual News Article

Yoast SEO: News includes the ability to tell Google News not to index a specific news article. This option is found under the plugins section of the metabox in the ‘Google News’ tab. Learn more about using Yoast SEO: News here.Yoast SEO Metabox : Plugins Tab - Googlebot-News index

Noindex All Categories, Tags or Other Taxonomies

If you want to noindex a group of items, enable this feature using the steps below.

By default, search pages and 404 pages will be set to noindex, follow.
  • Log in to your WordPress website. When you’re logged in, you will be in your ‘Dashboard’. On the left-hand side, you will see a menu. In that menu, click on ‘SEO’
  • The ‘SEO’ settings will expand providing you additional options. Click on ‘Search Appearance’.
  • Select the tab that represents the content types, taxonomy or archive type you wish to exclude from the search results and toggle the ‘Yes/No’ button under the specific type you wish to noindex. The image below shows what option you would enable to set all tags to noindex.
  • Click ‘Save Changes’.

Noindex Subpages of Archives

Google has gotten much better at paginated series, so this feature has been removed from Yoast SEO.

Noindex The Entire Site

Alternatively, you can noindex the entire site but it’s up to search engines to honor this request. This can be set under Admin > Settings > Reading: Search Engine Visibility

  • Log in to your WordPress website. When you’re logged in, you will be in your ‘Dashboard’. On the left-hand side, you will see a menu. In that menu, click on ‘Settings’
  • The ‘Settings’ section will expand providing you additional options. Click on ‘Reading’.
  • Check ‘Discourage search engines from indexing this site’.
  • Click ‘Save Changes’.

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