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Should we noindex the sub pages?

     
9:56 am on Feb 21, 2018 (gmt 0)

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Hey guys,

Yoast has been updated and they have removed the ability to noindex the sub pages. Their explanation:

Since Google has gotten much better at working with paginated series, we’ve removed the feature that allows noindexing subpages of archives. According to Joost de Valk, the reasoning behind this is simple: “rel="next" and rel="prev" make sure Google sends people to the first page in a paginated series. There is one catch: sometimes it will send people to a specific page in the series, but that’s when that page is the best match for their query. This, therefore, should be better for the searcher. Noindexing all these pages leads to a lower amount of crawls for them (source), which subsequently leads to lower amounts of crawls for older articles, which is not a good idea on most sites.”


As a result, my homepage, categories sub pages are now indexed.

What do you guys think?
7:10 pm on Feb 21, 2018 (gmt 0)

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Trust in Yoast, I've researched this and implemented this a few years back. It is infact what Google recommend.

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7:27 pm on Feb 21, 2018 (gmt 0)

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@seoskunk I'm going to add variables to title, like Page 1 of 400.

But meta would be duplicate. Is that okay? I can ignore?
7:42 pm on Feb 21, 2018 (gmt 0)

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According to Google they will treat the pagination pages with rel=prev & rel=next very similar to canonical and only show when it matches a certain query that another page in your site doesn't fit, so duplication of meta descriptions and titles should not be an issue as Google say they will treat the series of pages as consolidated content, and links will be consolidated to the first page. I did find however that you do get warnings in webmaster tools for duplication, I think its safe to ignore them. It was some years ago I implemented this and so I'm not sure if Google have updated Tools (Search Console).