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Google shows robots.txt message in place of snippet

 9:35 am on Aug 16, 2012 (gmt 0)

For one of my new site i use
<meta name='robots' content='noindex,nofollow' />
it was done 30 days before
but today when i was searching my sites in google with site: operator
for every page in palce of description this message was displayed:

A description for this result is not available because of this site's robots.txt learn more

Learn more was linked to [support.google.com ]
Screenshot is here [imgur.com ].

Can't understand if meta robots are nofollow why Google index these pages.



 9:45 am on Aug 16, 2012 (gmt 0)

You see it in the index because there are links to the page somewhere or other. Google of course needs to crawl the page in order to even read the robots meta tag, but that tag would prevent them from indexing the content of the page in order to generate a snippet.

However, it also sounds from this message like you have a Disallow rule for those URLs in your robots-txt file - is that the case?


 10:27 am on Aug 16, 2012 (gmt 0)

I'm seeing something similar too. Months ago we added a robots.txt that blocks everything on a .co.uk domain. Bit stranger though is that we 301 redirect the .co.uk domain to a .com domain.

Seems weird to even show the result - they seem to be ignoring the 301 in this scenario.


 10:51 am on Aug 16, 2012 (gmt 0)

@rooo - I assume that result is only showing for a site: operator, right? Not sending actual search traffic for a regular search term?

[edited by: tedster at 2:58 pm (utc) on Aug 16, 2012]


 12:38 pm on Aug 16, 2012 (gmt 0)

It appears for a brand name search - domains are same as brand name.


 1:04 pm on Aug 16, 2012 (gmt 0)

You should remove robots.txt Disallow for co.uk domain if you are also redirecting co.uk domain to .com domain as Google will not be able to see and process the redirect if it is not allowed to request the page.

Once Google processes redirects, the co.uk domain will dissapear from Google (this may take some months depending on the number of pages).

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