• Resolved Illya Protasov

    (@marketertricks)


    Hello plugin creators! Overall I really like it. Please help me resolve the issue.

    After the actions of attackers, many pages with 404 errors appeared on my site. They have been displayed in the Google webmaster panel for half a year now. I noticed that pages with 404 errors have the noindex meta tag. Google forums do not recommend using it on pages with 404 errors.

    I looked through everything in the plugin settings and couldn’t find how to disable this function for these pages. Tell me how to remove noindex from 404 error pages?

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  • hello and I need this answer, how to mark the 404 pages with noindex

    this is my 404 page https://antena24.ro/ggg I would like Google not to index these pages. How do I proceed? to implement in this page a meta with noindex?

    Plugin Support MD. Sakib Khandaker

    (@numbnerd14)

    Hi @marketertricks,

    Thanks for reaching out!

    The truth is, it doesn’t matter whether a 404 page contains a noindex or index robots meta directive.

    This is because search engines like Google will never index 404 pages, and if a page is already indexed and suddenly shows 404, Google will de-index that page automatically, even if the 404 page contains the noindex robots meta directive.

    Google clearly stated this information in their guidelines:

    “Google’s indexing pipeline doesn’t consider URLs that return a 4xx status code for indexing, and URLs that are already indexed and return a 4xx status code are removed from the index.

    Any content Googlebot received from URLs that return a 4xx status code is ignored.

    The indexing pipeline removes the URL from the index if it was previously indexed. Newly encountered 404 pages aren’t processed. The crawling frequency gradually decreases.”

    https://developers.google.com/search/docs/crawling-indexing/http-network-errors#http-status-codes

    In short, you shouldn’t be worried about having a noindex meta tag in a 404 page, as no 404 pages will be indexed on Google.

    Hi antena24,

    404 pages are set to noindex automatically.

    As mentioned above, Google won’t index your 404 pages anyhow as long as it clearly finds a 404 error on your page.

    I’ve checked your site and confirm that you already have a noindex robots meta tag in your 404 pages: https://a.supportally.com/i/U9yde7

    I hope that helps! Please let me know if you’ve any other questions!

    thanks for the clarification, it’s very helpful. maximum health

    Thread Starter Illya Protasov

    (@marketertricks)

    Thank you for your detailed answer. It really seems like that. I checked with Google webmaster how it reacts to different pages with 404 and noindex (url checking tool). When there is 404, it does not pay attention to the noindex code.

    I replaced the code output of deleted pages 404 with 410, I hope it will help to quickly remove them from the attention of search engines.

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