How Do I Noindex URLs?

Last update: 15 May, 2017

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.

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

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.
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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’
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The ‘SEO’ settings will expand providing you additional options. If you don’t see the ‘Titles & Metas’ setting in your ‘SEO’ menu, please enable your advanced settings first.

Yoast SEO > Dashboard (Advanced disabled)

Menu with advanced settings disabled
Enable advanced features

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Click on ‘Titles & Metas’.
Yoast SEO > Titles & Metas
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Select the tab that represents the post, taxonomy or archive type you wish to noindex and toggle the ‘Meta Robots’ button under the specific type you wish to noindex. The image below shows what option you would enable to set all tags to noindex.
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Click ‘Save Changes’.

Noindex Subpages of Archives

If you want to prevent /page/2/ and further of any archive to show up in the search results, enable this using the steps below.

1
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’
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The ‘SEO’ settings will expand providing you additional options. If you don’t see the ‘Titles & Metas’ setting in your ‘SEO’ menu, please enable your advanced settings first.

Yoast SEO > Dashboard (Advanced disabled)

Menu with advanced settings disabled
Enable advanced features

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Click on ‘Titles & Metas’.
Yoast SEO > Titles & Metas
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Select the ‘Other’ tab and toggle the ‘Subpages of archives’ button to noindex.
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Click ‘Save Changes’.

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

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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’
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The ‘Settings’ section will expand providing you additional options. Click on ‘Reading’.
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Check ‘Discourage search engines from indexing this site’.
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Click ‘Save Changes’.

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