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Is this valid robots noindex?

blocking a section of a page

     
11:59 pm on Feb 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I am trying out a site search engine and need to block my navigation from being indexed as it is skewing the results.

They suggest blocking the navigation with something like.

<!-- robots content="noindex" -->
navigation section
<!-- /robots -->

I hadn't realized you do this with just part of the page.

I am concerned that doing this could mess up my rankings with Google and other search engines. Would this be a problem?

3:03 am on Feb 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

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This syntax may be recognized by the particular search program you have installed, but it is certainly not recognized by Google or other search engines. It won't be a problem in terms of ranking.
4:34 am on Feb 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Thanks, I didn't think I'd ever heard of it before.
5:02 am on Feb 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

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What would it take to have a new tag standardized. The need for partial exclusion is valid and many site search engines already have their own. Even mediabot has section targeting.