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Noindex, Follow to Block Pages for Panda?

 11:43 am on Apr 20, 2011 (gmt 0)

One of the websites I look after has been affected by Panda, so I've been thinking of ways to get it back on track. I've seen commentary by various Googlers suggesting that webmasters use <meta name="robots" content="noindex"> on thin pages.

Firstly, I think this is pretty rude, and frankly wrong, of Google. If your website has been effected by a Google update, and Google are telling you to clean up your site, then I think you should only block Google. You might have plenty of good traffic coming from Yahoo, Bing etc... that you will want to keep. Google is not the internet. There are other sources of traffic that you will want to keep. I'm therfore wondering whether the correct course of action is to implement the following meta tag on weak pages:

<meta name="googlebot" content="noindex">

Also, does anyone know what the default follow status is of a noindex tag? If I apply:

<meta name="googlebot" content="noindex">

will Google still follow those pages, or do I need to explicitly use:

<meta name="googlebot" content="noindex,follow">

Your thoughts, as always, are much appreciated.



 4:06 am on Apr 21, 2011 (gmt 0)

I agree with you, I'd use <meta name="googlebot"> rather than "robots". And yes, the default action is "noindex,follow".


 9:02 am on Apr 21, 2011 (gmt 0)

cheers tedster

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