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Index, Follow, Privacy Policy, Archives, Sitemap...

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by Scorpion Ghost, Jun 20, 2014.

  1. Scorpion Ghost

    Scorpion Ghost Senior Member

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    On my Wordpress.org website I have a Privacy Policy, Contact us and Archives Pages.

    All 3 are currently Index-ed, Follow, and included in my sitemap which is submitted to google and bing webmaster tools. And by the way, I'm using Wordpress SEO by Yoast...

    So, I want to fix this up real quick... I just have 4 questions:

    1. Noindex: My "Contact Us" page contains only a Contact form and 3 Photos (Facebook, Twitter, Google+) which each leads to the social network the photo represents. My "Privacy Policy" is just a generic one I got from the internet, from one of those free pp generators, and it's been just Slightly edited, very slightly, so it's 99% generic though. And my "Archives" page, well, you know how it is, just a bunch of links... Now, I believe I should make ALL 3 as "noindex", am I correct?

    2. NofoIIow: I believe that the "Contact Us" and "Privacy Policy" pages should be nofoIIow because there is absolutely no point in the crawlers visiting those pages, there's nothing of value there for the crawlers/search engines, not really. While my "Archives" page may have some value, I believe. There are links to all my posts there, so the crawlers visiting that page can lead them to any other article on my site, which is good. I believe I should make the "Contact us" and "Privacy Policy" pages as nofoIIow, but leave the "Archives" page as dofoIIow, am I correct?

    3. Sitemap: This is connected to the previous questions. I have 3 sitemaps submitted in webmaster tools, Posts, Categories and Pages. Now, if I put "noindex" and "nofoIIow" on the Privacy Policy and the Contact Us pages, and put just "noindex" on the Archives page, will the fact that they are included in my sitemap render the "noindex" and "nofoIIow" useless for Google, or interfere with that in any way, resulting in those pages being indexed and/or followed anyway? I believe that I should remove All 3 of these Pages from my sitemap, am I correct?

    Note: Yoast has these 2 options related to the Sitemap for individual posts:

    Include in Sitemap: Yes/No/Auto Detect.
    Should this page be in the XML Sitemap at all times, regardless of Robots Meta settings?

    Include in HTML Sitemap: Yes/No/Auto Detect.

    Should this page be in the HTML Sitemap at all times, regardless of Robots Meta settings?


    If the answer to Question 3 is that I should remove these Pages from my sitemap, then should I select No for both the "Sitemap (XML)" and the "HTML Sitemap", or just one or the other? Because as far as I know only the XML sitemap is submitted to webmaster tools, so maybe it's not smart to exclude from the HTML sitemap as well?

    I could disable indexation of pages altogether from the Yoast's plugin settings, but I'd rather do it on a Page-by-Page basis, because eventually I may have Pages I want indexed and followed...


    4. Last thing: There is also an option in Yoast on individual pages called "Meta Robots Advanced", and one of the options that can be selected there is "NoArchive", has that anything to do with my Archives page?


    Thanks guys...
     
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    Scorpion Ghost Senior Member

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    Nobody?

    Actually, you know what, to make it easier, scratch the first question...

    I will "noindex" all 3 of these Pages... There's no point in any user landing on the Privacy policy, contact us or the archive pages...


    That leaves 3 questions... C'mon bros! :)
     
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    Scorpion Ghost Senior Member

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    You know what, scratch the second question too.

    I'll just do what I said above.

    There is no point in the search engine crawlers landing on my contact us page or my privacy policy page, but I believe it's beneficial for them to land on my Archive page, and from there go on crawling any post on my website the crawler feels like checking out for updates and whatnot :p


    p.s I know that I sort of asked and answered 2 of my questions myself, but I put my situation here, and my solution, and my reasons behind my solutions, so if any one of you guys thinks that I'm making a mistake with my solutions, then please, contribute, help me out. :)

    Because the thing is, I'm still a student in "Making Money Online"... But this forum has teachers in "Making Money Online"... And the teachers always know more than the students, that's why Teachers teach, and the students are being taught...


    And p.p.s, by the way, I actually know quite enough about the "noindex" and "nofoIIow" tags... But not as much about the difference in HTML/XML sitemap, or what the NoArchive thing in question 4... So at least resolve me that :)


    And I'll keep on googling and youtubing for a solution and an education... just in case you guys ignore me... :aloha:
     
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    Scorpion Ghost Senior Member

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    Holy crap, question 3 has been resolved... by Yoast :D

    After making the 3 pages "noindex", I had my sitemap open in a tab actually and decided to reload the page, hahaha, and as if by magic, they are gone, the pages are gone from my sitemap!! :D

    I'm sure it's because I have both XML and HTML sitemap on Auto Detect (As is by Default), so I guess Yoast's plugin is smart to know that if a post/page is set to "noindex" from the editor, then it should be removed from the sitemap as well, I mean, it's no nuclear science, it's common sense. :)


    Yoast's Plugin is so cool!!! :rofl: