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Step 37: Setting noindex and title for Thesis 2 Tags and Categories

Meta Robots Noindex

In this post we’ll learn about some additional Search Engine Optimization (SEO) settings for our Thesis 2 site.  In our main Thesis 2 SEO article we talked about post titles, URLs, title tags, and meta descriptions.  In this post, we’ll talk about the “noindex” setting and titles and meta descriptions for WordPress tags and categories.

Just like we wrote a custom title tag and meta description for our posts, we will also write them for our tags and categories.  We’ll go one step further and set the noindex setting for additional search engine optimization.

For the tags and categories title and meta description we want to describe what a particular tag or category is about.  This is not granular like a single post but a description of the entire tag or category.  Let’s get started.  From the WordPress Dashboard, click Posts, then click Categories.  Move your cursor over one of your categories and click the “Edit” link that appears below the category title.

WordPress Category

You will be taken to the WordPress Edit Category page.  Scroll down until you see the category title and meta description lines.  Write a title and description that is appropriate to your category.

WordPress Category Title and Meta Description

Next we’ll set the noindex attribute.  Search engines may penalize websites that post duplicate content.  Content in WordPress may appear to be duplicated because there are so many ways to find a single post.  Think for a moment how easy WordPress makes finding content.  Not only does our home page have links to individual posts, but when we write a post we also add categories and tags.  While categories and tags allows us to make content easy to find, it also creates multiple ways to find the same content.  The search engines find all these routes and it may appear to them that you have duplicate content.  We want the search engines to only index the main post page and not the roads leading to that page.  We do this with a sitemap.  The sitemap has only the single post page URL and omits the category and tag URLs.  To help the search engines we are able to “turn off” these other routes using the “noindex” setting.  This setting tells the search engines to not index the page and prevents them from believing they have found duplicate content.

On the Edit Category page, scroll further down and look for the Meta Robots section.  Check the checkbox for noindex, nofollow, and noarchive.  At the bottom of the page click “Update” to save your changes.  Repeat this process for each of your categories.

Meta Robots Noindex

Next we’ll do the exact same process for WordPress tags.  From the WordPress Dashboard click on Posts then click Tags.  The Tags page looks just like the Categories page.  Repeat the same process for tags that we followed for categories as outlined above.

We have now completed another important step in our Thesis 2 SEO process for WordPress.


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{ 8 comments… add one }
  • ray May 10, 2013, 10:06 PM

    i have thesis 2.0 and i do not see the update button in the category or tags section

  • Doug Macklem May 18, 2013, 9:05 AM

    ray: When you edit a tag or category, there should be an “Update” button at the bottom, left side of the page to commit your changes. You have to be in edit mode to see it. Sorry for the late response, I never got the notice on your post. Have you gotten around this yet?

  • Connie October 11, 2013, 5:52 PM

    Hi, Doug:
    Can you quickly clarify why I should put in a title tag and meta description if I’m picking up no index, follow, or archive? Sounds like it removes these descriptions from the search?

  • Doug Macklem October 11, 2013, 7:42 PM

    Hmmm, maybe we don’t need that part of the step. I probably added it out of habit.

  • Connie October 14, 2013, 1:11 PM

    I’m glad you are covering these topics. On some sites, they were making it so complicated and sounded like you had to put tags and meta descriptors everywhere. I wasn’t aware they would sound like I was duplicating. I like the descriptions at this level, not sure where I would place them now? Do I add tags and/or meta descriptions by the post or on just the main page? Sorry, this is an area I’m not sure how the Thesis intended them SEO to work best:)
    Have a great day

  • Doug Macklem October 14, 2013, 9:30 PM

    All Posts and Pages should have Titles and Meta Descriptions. With a nofollow/etc. on Tags and Categories these wouldn’t be really necessary. But, it never hurts. You may want to contract out the final touches and then you can look behind the scenes to learn how it was done.

  • Naing September 11, 2015, 8:08 AM

    74 pages indexed, and 108 pages belokcd by robots. Help! The yellow line is off the charts! I don’t have a custom robot text in my blogger page. How can I fix this?

  • Doug Macklem September 14, 2015, 7:55 PM

    I wish I could help you with this. I think this is beyond my knowledge. When it comes to all the nuances of Google plug-ins (webmaster tools, analytics, etc.) I’m still pretty novice.

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