I had recently converted my static html site to wordpress and was initially elated with the end result. When making the conversion to WordPress, I decided to list each individual business as a Post and assign each business (post) to a Category (ie: Photographers, Caterers, etc). However within in a couple of weeks, all my previously high ranking pages essentially disappeared from Google. It was just in the last day or two that I finally realized why. My Category pages, on which I based my site, were carrying the meta-tag, “noindex, follow”. HOLY CRAP. Now I know why Google dropped my site.
So now I’ve got a huge problem with my site and am not sure how to deal with it especially when considering the duplicate content issue.
How do I fix this? Should I change my category pages to “index,follow” and make individual posts “noindex, follow” ? I think in the case of my directory site, it’s more important that the category page be indexed rather than the individual posts.
Sure could use some help from the real experts.