What Does No Index Mean?
A no index tag tells Google or other search engines not to index a specific page. If a page is not indexed, it will not be found via search. There are some cases where no index tags should be used such as:
- Email Promotion- some promotion pages are meant to be communicated only to segmented customers
- Employee Only Pages – some links may be meant for internal source
- Goal Completion Pages – an example of this is thank you pages that come after completing a purchase online. If this page were to be indexed then it would confuse visitors and distort data, which is used for analytical purposes, as no purchase has been made
- Duplicate Content- if a page is a duplicate of another page
How to Create a No Index page
This is what a No Index Code Looks Like:
<META NAME=”ROBOTS” CONTENT=”NOINDEX,FOLLOW”>
This code tells robots to not index the specific page but that it is still related to the pages that are linked to it.