How To Set Up Custom Robots Header Tags on Blogger

Custom Robot Header tags are tags that instruct search engine robots about what to index in their search results. This is also an on page seo feature available in blogger blog located at the search preference section under settings. Custom Robot header tag is one seo thing one should do after creating your blog on blogger.

Custom Robot header tag will help search bots recognize your blog, posts and pages then make it easy to crawl and list in Search. Using Custom Robot, you can disable search engines to stop indexing your static pages.

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Custom Robots Header Tags and Purpose
In Blogger

Below are robot header tags you are going to mmbe dealing with.

1. all – If you set this tag, crawlers are not bound by any constraints. They can freely crawl, index and expose your content.

2. noindex – Not all the blogs are for public notice. Even if you don’t share the URL of your personal blog with anybody, chances are people will come to it from search results. On such a scenario, you can use noindex tag as it prevents search engines from indexing the pages.

3. nofollow – Nofollow and dofollow tags are for outbound links. Dofollow is the default robot tag for all your outbound links. That means the search engines can sneak upon the pages you linked to. If you don’t want search bots to look through your links, addition of a nofollow tag must help you.

4. none – none combines the features of both noindex and nofollow tags. The crawlers will neither index your pages nor skim through the links.

5. noarchive – You might have noticed a cached label with most of the website links on SERPs. It shows that Google has captured a copy of your site into their server to display in case it goes down. That being said, the noarchive tag turns off cached version in search pages.

6. nosnippet – The text snippets in search results help people find what’s on the webpage. If you want to keep the content exclusive, you can turn this header tag on.

7. noodp – Open Directory Project or Dmoz is a man-made directory of websites. Google use the information from there sometimes. You can turn it off with this tag if you want to.

8. notranslate – Do you want to disable translation on your site? Then use notranslate for the exact purpose.

9. noimageindex – If you allow Google to index your images, people may steal it and use on their own websites. To prevent that, you can keep the images deindexed using noimageindex tag. Also Read this Image SEO guide.

10. unavailable_after – In Blogger, you will get a field right to this tag. So, the webpage will be deindexed after this time.

How to Setup Custom Robots Header Tags?

Go to your blogger dashboard, and choose your blog.

Go to Settings >> Search preference. There you can see a setting called Custom robots header tags beneath Crawlers and Indexing.

Click the Edit link to the right of it.

Click Yes

  • Home page: Tick all and noodp 
  • Archive and Search pages: tick noindex and noodp 
  • Default for Posts and Pages: tick all and noodp 

Finally click "Save Changes"

Search engines now will understand more about your blog and what kind of pages you want their bot to crawl. As a blogger using blogger platform, you should try this.

I hope this helps.


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