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How To Noindex WordPress Tags and Categories

How To Noindex WordPress Tags and Categories

Do you really want to know what are tags/categories in WordPress?

I bet you don’t!

But yes many new bloggers have a question to ask. why to noindex tags and categories in WordPress blog? I will try my best to put my point of view for above question.

Tags and categories are really important part of WordPress platform, only if used properly. Tags stuffing will not do any good to your blog. Instead, it will generate more duplicate content.

On the other hand, a post must have at least one category selected or it will end getting uncategorized in your blog.

Meta Tags are not important but Meta Description is something you should not leave empty.

Adding tags to your WordPress blog is not bad. But if you want your blog to be SEO optimized few things you might want to know about tags.

Also Read: Complete WordPress SEO Guide

Why to Noindex Tags and Categories in WordPress?

WordPress tags indexing does not improve your search engine ranking. But it can affect your search engine ranking in a bad way.

  • Tags cause duplicate posts.
  • Tags and categories are not considered as quality pages by the search engine.

There are ways to noindex your tags and categories. Let’s find out how to noindex tags and categories in WordPress. Two most commonly used plugins for SEO purposes of any blog are Yoast and All-in-SEO.

In this article, we are going to guide you the ways to noindex your tags and categories using both Yoast and All in One SEO plugin.

 

How To Noindex WordPress Tags and Categories in Yoast plugin:

#1. Login to your WordPress “Dashboard“. On the left-hand side, you will see menu options, click on “SEO“.

How To Noindex WordPress Tags and Categories in Yoast plugin

#2. You will find additional options under “SEO“, click on “Title & Metas“.

#3. A new window will be displayed on your right-hand side screen. Now select “Taxonomies” tab.

#4. You will have Yoast noindex setting for categories, tags and format. I have no-indexed my tags only, as I want my categories to be indexed.

Yoast noindex setting

#5. Now click “Save Changes“.

 

How To Noindex WordPress Tags and Categories in All in One SEO:

#1. Login to your WordPress website. In the left-hand side of your “Dashboard“, you will see “All in One SEO” option, right above your “posts“.

How To Noindex WordPress Tags and Categories in All in One SEO

#2. Now click on “General Settings” under All in One SEO.

#3. A new setting window will be displayed on the right-hand side of your screen including all general and advanced setting options.

#4. Scroll down to “Noindex Settings“, check options you would like to set as noindex for your website. As you can see on the image below I have checked all options except “category“.

How To Noindex WordPress Tags and Categories in All in One SEO

#5. At last, remember to scroll down the page and click “update options“.

Wrapping Up:

SEO optimized blog always get good SERP and maximum traffic. Indexed tags and categories are not SEO optimized. To avoid duplicate content in your blog, you must noindex tags and categories.

I have noindex all tags in my blog but not categories as according to me categories are good to be indexed. But tags are one thing you can try to set noindex.

Let us know which method you are using in your blog. And if there is any another plugin you used to noindex WordPress tags and categories of your blog. If you like this article, do share it with your social network and provide your feedback via the comment section.

2 thoughts on “How To Noindex WordPress Tags and Categories”

  1. Richa Gangwani says:

    Good one! Nice ideas.
    Thank you for sharing this content.

    1. Alok says:

      Yes Richa, if you want to avoid duplicate content within your blog. This process will help you out.

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