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Google Not Obeying "Noindex" & Returning "Soft 404s"

   
7:52 am on Aug 16, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Our website uses Google Maps API to display a map of the client's office address based on their postcode.

Despite the map page having <meta name="robots" content="noindex" /> in the head of the document, Google Webmaster Tools show all as "Soft 404's".

Any idea how I can stop these pages returning "Soft 404s"?

Any help appreciated
10:34 pm on Aug 16, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Are visitors being sent to this page through a direct link, or via some kind of redirect?
4:26 am on Aug 17, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Despite the map page having <meta name="robots" content="noindex" /> in the head of the document...

Do you happen to have the page ALSO disallowed by robots.txt?
1:33 pm on Aug 18, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Yes I am also noticing google indexing pages with <meta name="robots" content="noindex" /> in the head.Not sure whether this is a glitch right now....

@Robert the page is not disallwed by robot.txt.
6:26 pm on Aug 18, 2010 (gmt 0)

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What about robots.txt?
8:08 am on Aug 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Hi Guys

Thanks for the feedback, direct link from page to new window with map.

Robots.txt not dissallowing

Cheers
Ray
10:19 am on Aug 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member tedster is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member



This is becoming rather curious. Is the page's actual content being used for the description snippet and is the clickable title taken from the actual title element?
11:00 am on Aug 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Hi Tedster

As far as I can tell none of the pages are in the Google index but my Google Webmaster Tools shows as follows:
www.***-*****.**.**/*******.php?pcode=BS15BQ 404-like content Aug 15, 2010

There are currently 198 urls showing as "Soft 404s"
I am ging to be away for a few days so will check back when I return.
:)

Cheers
Ray
11:29 am on Aug 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I meant robots.txt and it was a typo....
12:19 am on Aug 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I have returned

Any other thoughts on this and how I can sort
Cheers
 

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