3.1 Noindex, follow archive pages and disable some archives

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Using the WordPress SEO plugin, make sure to prevent indexing (or even existence) of archive pages that do not apply for your site. You do this under SEO → Titles & Metas, where you’ll find the following options on the “Other” tab:

wordpress seo title settings other

The settings above are the settings for our site. As you can see, we’ve completely disabled the date based archives, as we don’t use those. Any date based link will redirect to our homepage because of this setting. We’ve left the author archives untouched, but we have checked a checkbox on the General tab, which makes the subpages of those archives be noindex, follow by default. So you’ll never land on page 2 of an archive on our site from the search engines (change this on SEO → Titles & Metas → General tab):

wordpress seo title settings sitewide

On smaller sites it might make sense to noindex either the category or the tag structure, but in our experience noindexing those on yoast.com does little to no change at all.

There is one type of archive that is noindex,follow by default as well in the WordPress SEO plugin: the search result pages. This is a best practice from Google for which a setting is left out as you should just have that anyway.

A lot has changed in how Google handles paginated archives recently when they introduced their support for rel="next" and rel="prev" links. We’ve written an article about that: rel="next" and rel="prev" for paginated archives, which is a bit too technical to fully list here, but suffice to say our WordPress SEO plugin takes care of allthe needed changes automatically.

Realisation on snbchf.com

We don’t have any issues here. We don’t need to set noindex tag on pagination. Our site is less updated. It is more like encyclopedia than news site. All our content is with good quality. And It isn’t good idea to noindex anything.

We use our authors pages, archive and tags. All of these pages gives us benefits and has to stay.

Realisation on newsfeed site

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