How Do I Noindex URLs?

Yoast SEO provides multiple options for setting a URL or group of URLs to noindex. Want to know more about this? Check out our post on why and how to keep a post out of the search results.

Noindex an Individual Post, Page, Media or Other Taxonomy Item

The advanced tab (gear icon) inside the Yoast SEO meta box on the edit screen of the item allows administrators and editors to set custom robots information like noindex, nofollow, and other advanced robots settings.

To allow authors access to this tab, go to SEO->General->Features and toggle the `Security: no advanced settings for authors` to 'Off'.

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

Noindex Individual News Article

Yoast SEO Metabox : Plugins Tab - Googlebot-News index

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.

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.

  1. Log in to your WordPress website.

    When you're logged in, you will be in your 'Dashboard'.

  2. Click on 'SEO'.

    On the left-hand side, you will see a menu. In that menu, click on 'SEO'.

  3. Click on 'Search Appearance'.

    The ‘SEO’ settings will expand providing you additional options. Click on 'Search Appearance'.
    Admin SEO Search Appearance

  4. Select the tab that represents the content types, taxonomy or archive type you wish to exclude from the search results.

  5. Toggle the 'Show XYZ in search results?' switch.

    To index the content, toggle the switch to 'Yes'.
    To noindex the content, toggle the switch to 'No'.

  6. 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'.
  • Click on 'Settings'.
    On the left-hand side, you will see a menu. In that menu, click on 'Settings'.
  • Click on 'Reading'.
    The 'Settings' section will expand providing you additional options. Click on 'Reading'.
  • Check 'Discourage search engines from indexing this site'.
  • Click 'Save Changes'.

Noindex Individual Author Pages

Go to Users->All Users and find the right username to edit. Scroll down and find teh Yoast SEO Settings. Then click on the Do not allow search engines to show this author's archives in search results. This will tell Google NOT to index that author page.

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