Support » Plugin: The SEO Framework » More detailed assistance on page visibility options

  • Resolved dav74

    (@dav74)


    Hi there,

    Firstly thank you for creating such a great plugin. I am fedup of the bloated plugins out there, which require continual updates to patch bugs. Keep up the great work 🙂

    OK – I need a bit of help regarding the page visiblity options. Is there any documentation that will help me with this, in regards to the archiving and queries options?

    For example, there are some pages which we do not allow indexing for in order to keep our SEO juice on the areas which are important. Such pages which we have no-index on are delivery, payment, t&c, cart, checkout etc etc (non essential pages in terms of SEO content). However what do we do with these pages regarding archiving / search queries / archive queries is still a mystery.

    At present pages like delivery, payment, T&Cs we just no-index and leave the other visibility options as default. However pages like “cart” and “checkout” I am tempted to no archive and exclude from search and archive queries. Any thoughts on that? Would be appreicated!

    Finally, on the no-index pages (like delivery, T&Cs, cart, checkout etc), do we need to spend time and get their Meta title and description correct, seeing as though they are not indexable? I would say not – but thoughts again aprpeicated.

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  • Plugin Author Sybre Waaijer

    (@cybr)

    Hello!

    The indexing, archiving, and following directives are mutually exclusive. That means that one should not affect the other.

    In the real world, however, when a page is marked with noindex, search engines will stop bothering to crawl the pages after a while (unless they find a new link to it), effectively enabling nofollow.

    noarchive directs bots to stop archiving pages. On Google, you can often find a “Cached” button next to the URL of the page (under the arrow). Since Google won’t display pages marked with noindex, that’ll automatically imply noarchive. However, archivers such as web.archive.org may act indifferent to the noindex directive.

    Since pages that aren’t indexed aren’t shown in the search results, no title or description optimization needs to be performed. However, since TSF v4.0, we still show the Title and Description recommendations in the SEO Bar as the indexing state might not be a permanent decision.

    The Archive Settings are unique to TSF. They only affect how the pages are displayed throughout your site. I recommend checking the exclusion boxes for the cart and checkout pages. To test this behavior, add the following query to your home URL (to find the checkout page): ?s=checkout.

    I hope this clears things up and helps you make an educated decision 🙂 Have a nice day!

    • This reply was modified 1 month, 1 week ago by Sybre Waaijer. Reason: clarity

    Many thanks for your detailed reply. That has helped a lot on my understanding.

    I am not a big fan of any archiving feature on a webshop, as things change and get updated and you do not necessarily want people to see archived pages. So in this case, would you suggest I “exclude all pages from all archive queries on this site.”?

    Many thanks

    Plugin Author Sybre Waaijer

    (@cybr)

    Yes, that option will do 🙂 We have no evidence on that option affecting SEO negatively.

    If you must, you can reverse the site-wide option on a per-page basis.

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