Meta Robots Tag

Meta robots are usually used to exclude pages from search results (via noindex value). Slim SEO automatically checks if a page needs to be indexed and auto exclude it from the search results if necessary.

The following pages are excluded from search results:

  • 404 page: because it doesn’t provide any content.
  • Search results pages: internal search results page should not be indexed for two reasons. First, the content are duplicated as the posts are already indexed. Second, there are unlimited search results pages (for unlimited search queries) and that leads to low-quality and duplicated content.
  • Private singular pages/posts: no one can see it but admins, including bots. So no need to index them.
  • Empty content page: such as categories/tags that don’t have any posts, or an author which don’t have any posts.
  • Feed: they’re for feed readers, not for search results.

How to disable a post from being indexed?

If you don’t want a post or a term to be shown on search results page, simply select Hide from search results in the Search Engine Optimization meta box below the content area:

Don't show a page from search results
Search Engine Optimization meta box