In my previous post, I have written about WordPress tags and whether or not you should index those tags. It is a much better option to noindex (not index) those tag pages for beginners. Now, let me show you how.
We are going to be using Yoast SEO Plugin for that. I tested both All in One SEO and Yoast SEO plugins extensively.
In my experience, Yoast SEO is much better and easier to use. I will write a detailed Yoast SEO guide later to tell you guys how I exactly use it.
If you have not installed the plugin yet, simply log in to your WordPress dashboard, click Plugins > Add New on the left side, type “Yoast SEO” to the search box, install and activate it.
Step 1 – Finding “Advanced settings pages” option in Yoast SEO
Click SEO > Dashboard on the left side. A new page will open and the 3rd tab will be shown as “Features”. Click on it.
Step 2 – Enabling Advanced settings pages in Yoast SEO
Just click on Enabled under Advanced settings pages option. This will allow you to open up the pages through which you will make detailed changes in Yoast SEO (including the ones about tag pages).
Now, it is enabled and looks like this:
Step 3 – Finding and Noindexing WordPress Tag Pages
After you enabled Advanced settings pages, the main SEO main tab on the left part will have many more tabs under it. This is how it will look like:
Click Titles & Metas tab here and this page will open up:
Click the 4th tab named Taxonomies here and you will see this page:
As you can see, currently WordPress tags are being indexed. So, we want to disable this feature of Yoast SEO plugin.
Simply click noindex for Meta Robots under Tags section.
(Important: Do NOT change anything in Categories section – you should index categories).
Here you are, you just noindexed your WordPress tag pages which could create duplicate content pages and harm your SEO.
Just to ease your mind, the result should look like this:
Note: “%%term_title%% %%sep%% SEO Archives” are MY parameters for MY website. This makes my individual category pages look like “WordPress Tutorials – SEO Archives” in Google search results.
What I am trying to say is this gives a clean look in search engine results and you can use these parameters. But if you do, just do not forget to replace “SEO Archives” part with your website’s name 🙂
In this post, I explained how to noindex WordPress tag pages. But maybe your tag pages are important and some of you still want to index them. So, here is the guide about how to index Wordpress tags in the best way without creating duplicate content.
Got questions ? Ask in the comments!