You probably want Google and other search engines to show most of your content in the search results. But most websites also have a few pages or in those search results. So how do you tell Google what pages to show and which ones not to? This is where setting pages to noindex comes into play. In this post. We’ll explain more about indexing and how Yoast SEO can help you be in control.
Let’s start with a short explanation of indexing. Before a search engine like Google can rank a page or a post and show it in the search results, it needs to index it. Even before that, a crawler has to discover a piece of content before it can evaluate whether it’s a valuable addition to its Spain Phone Number index. One of the ways crawlers discover pages, is by crawling the XML sitemap of a website. After a page has been indexed, a search engine will understand its content and be able to rank that piece of content if it fits the user’s search query best.
Which pages to show in the search results?
Determining what has to be indexed by crawlers and what not tends to be hard to understand and it’s easy to make a mistake. You wouldn’t be the first to unknowingly set a whole post type to noindex, making it unavailable to search engines. We’ve thought long and hard about this and drastically simplified this process for you in Yoast SEO. Now it all boils down to asking you a straightforward question: Do you want page x to appear in search engines?
You can find the individual settings for making your content available for indexing. In the corresponding parts of Yoast SEO. In WordPress, you’ll find the settings for posts and pages in the Content Types part of the Search Appearance tab. On Shopify, you can find these settings per page type in the Settings tab of Yoast SEO for Shopify.