A rel=”noindex” directive is used to instruct search engines not to include a page within their index, to prevent it from appearing within search results. Our Hangout Notes explain the use of this directive, along with further advice from Google and real world examples.

Noindex Pages Can’t Accumulate PageRank

November 7, 2014 Source

Noindex pages can’t accumulate pagerank for the site, even though the pages can be crawled. So this isn’t an advantage over disallowing.

Unwanted Sitelinks Pages Can Be Nonidexed

October 24, 2014 Source

Sitelinks which do not disappear after being demoted, can be removed by adding a noindex. If the Sitelinks are showing incorrect international pages, hreflang tags can be used to identify the preferred version.

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