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How to check whether specific pages are index or noindex?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by jm12345, Apr 24, 2017.

  1. jm12345

    jm12345 Newbie

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    I'm working on an eCommerce store using the shopify platform. I read that sorting filters and pagination can lead to duplicate content issues (especially on stores like mine with a lot of text on collection pages).

    For example these four pages would all be viewed as duplicate content:

    widgets.com/collection/bluewidgets
    widgets.com/collections/bluewidgets?page=2
    widgets.com/collections/bluewidgets?sort_by=title-descending
    widgets.com/collections/bluewidgets?page=2&sort_by=title-descending

    ^ The first page is the page i actually want indexed, the additional pages are extra pages created by pagination or sorting

    I read this article about the issue, although i'm not sure the code included in the article will help my site specifically. https://leanmetrics.io/blog/3-most-common-seo-problems-shopify/

    I added the recommended code from the article.

    How can i test to see if the pages i do no want indexed are marked "noindexed"?

    Thanks
     
  2. Nargil

    Nargil Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Just check the source code. It will contain "noindex" right at the beginning if the site is indeed set to noindex.
     
  3. Unreliable Witness

    Unreliable Witness Regular Member

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    You probably want to canonicalise them, not noindex them if they are all the same page.
     
  4. jm12345

    jm12345 Newbie

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    I was going off this article (how i found out about the potential problem) and it said that wouldn't fix the issue
    https://ahrefs.com/blog/ecommerce-seo/
     
  5. Unreliable Witness

    Unreliable Witness Regular Member

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    I can only suggest to read further about the difference between the two. Moz has a good article on it for example.

    For you, it might be that you want to noindex. For e-commerce stores I have worked on, adding the canonical tag to pages that show the same products filtered in some way has worked.