Welcome to WebmasterWorld Guest from

Forum Moderators: bill & werty

Message Too Old, No Replies

Need help setting up rss feeds properly for search engines

robots.txt, nofollow and noindex



5:29 am on Apr 4, 2007 (gmt 0)

10+ Year Member

Hi all,

I'm using the rd_rss component with the Joomla CMS to produce rss feeds. I do not want the search engines to index my feeds - I'm a bit worried about duplicate content issues. I'd like to do the following and hope you can tell me if I am on the right track.

1: Disallow: index.php?option=com_rd_rss&id=4 in the robots.txt file -should I specify the file exactly like this?
2: add rel="nofollow" on all internal site links to my feeds
3: somehow add <meta name="robots" content="noindex, nofollow" /> to the xml feed itself - can I mix a meta tag with the xml rss feed and will this work?

Should I xsl style the xml or make the feed HTML just in case a search engine indexes the feed and a user clicks into the feed?

Thaks for any advice



5:51 am on Apr 4, 2007 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Administrator bill is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

If RSS feeds were considered duplicate content and penalized by any search engines then you'd hear a lot more about it, believe me.


If you deny your feed to all robots then it won't get indexed in the RSS/blog search engines either...if they follow the robots.txt standard in the first place.

add rel="nofollow" on all internal site links to my feeds

The nofollow attribute doesn't mean that links aren't followed and indexed. It just shows that you don't trust the link and that the SEs shouldn't pass along any link-love to the target. I've never heard of this being used for RSS/XML links.


10:25 pm on Apr 4, 2007 (gmt 0)

10+ Year Member

OK Bill,

thanks. Guess I will not worry too much about it.


[edited by: encyclo at 11:02 pm (utc) on April 4, 2007]
[edit reason] thread splice [/edit]


7:43 pm on Apr 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

5+ Year Member

I've stayed away from RSS feeds because of duplicate content concerns. If there is no penalty, that begs the question does adding a feed help SEO ranking?

Featured Threads

Hot Threads This Week

Hot Threads This Month