How to no index WordPress categories and tags

January 30, 2017
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No one denies the effect of WordPress categories and tags. Many people struggle with this problem. I’m gonna help to all those who really stuck from this. There is mainly two reason for occurring this problem.“First one” is avoiding duplicate content for your blog and another one is only quality pages will become part of Google search. Everyone is familiar with avoiding duplicate content. As a word duplicate” indicates a copy of something or domain that we have done in a project or file. For this type of problem we generally use “avoid duplicate post “plugin.It will remove the duplicity of your blog.

We can say that only quality pages will become part of Google search when you perform in this Google program check our index to determine the most relevant search results to be served to you.We use three key processes in this they are- crawling, indexing, and serving. Obviously, your tags and categories pages can’t be considered “quality pages” for search engines. They are good for user navigation, but they don’t add any value to search engines.

Let’s start with a simple question? How to use SEO by Yoast plugin?

I can help you with this query. I will provide you all steps that help you how to use Yoast  SEO plugin.

Go to Dashboard > Features > Advances setting pages & enable this feature. If you are installing Yoast SEO on a WordPress blog where you were using some other SEO plugin or theme SEO settings, after activating advanced settings you should go to SEO > Tools> Import & Export>Import from other SEO plugins in the left panel. Select the plugin from which you would like to import your settings.

Click on SEO > Dashboard > Webmaster Tools to access this page.

Title and Meta description: Once you click on “Titles & Meta”, click on the “General” tab first to see what separator is being used and what that separator does. This will help you to quickly set up the title and meta SEO aspect of the plugin.

Click on the “Homepage” tab of the “Titles &Metas” section and configure the settings for your homepage title and Meta description.

Title template is used for the home title that you want to show in Google search.
Meta description template is used for your homepage Meta description for search engines.
By default, you will have Post, Pages & Media types. If you are using more custom types in WordPress, you will see its section here. Here you can define the SEO for the post, page, and media sections of your WordPress blog. Also by default SEO Yoast plugin hide the data from search engine snippets.

I prefer keeping tags and categories as no index and do follow, you should set this depending upon your SEO plan.

If you wish to use my settings, simply check the “no index”, “Follow”, and “Hide” boxes. Once again, you can configure the title template according to your needs. Since we are not indexing tags and categories, you can add more user and brand-centric title templates.

Example:%%term title%% Archives %%page%% %%sep%% %%sitename%%

The last one is under the “Titles &Metas” settings.

In SEO by Yoast 3.0, they have added the Google Knowledge Graph feature. This will show your social media profile in search engines whenever someone searches for your brand name.

XML sitemaps enable the feature of sitemap in your blog

Permalinks: In the Yoast SEO plugin, you can configure advanced permalink settings. I usually use 2-3 settings from here to avoid parameters being indexed in Google searches.
This setting is under Advanced > Permalinks.

RSS is a part that indicates the feature of RSS footer plugin. I simply add the following line after the post content section:

“The post %%POSTLINK%% appeared first on %%BLOGLINK%%.”

Breadcrumbs are used for getting search engine structure and which helps to navigate your site. However, it is not tired and tested breadcrumbs of your site.

EDIT FILE – you can easily edit the word press plugin.

Redirect is one of a handy feature of this plugin, as it allows you to direct any URL to another URL of your choice.

webmaster with the SEO by Yoast Webmaster tool, you can see all of the errors inside your WordPress dashboard.

This is one of the best free SEO plugins for your WordPress blog. I highly recommend that you make sure you know what you’re doing before making any changes to your blog.

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