You don’t know the use of Custom Robots Header Tags? Don’t worry let me show you how to use Custom Robots Header Tags step by step.
In my earlier article here I took time to explain the importance of creating custom robots.txt, like the XML Sitemap and I said this Custom Robots.txt files help your blogger to be easily crawled by Google and other search engines.
By properly setting up this Custom Robots Header Tags, will definitely improve your blog’s SEO which is what I will show you in this post.
How to setup Custom Robots Header Tags for Blogger.com?
Yes this is for those blogs created with Blogger.com and for new bloggers who need to know how this things are done and become a pro.
So before then let me introduce you to the custom robots header tags.
Custom Robots Headers and Uses
When you login to your Blogger.com and click on Settings then Search Preferences under crawlers and indexing you will see Custom Robots Header Tags once you click on edit and choose the radio button yes, you will see this dialog box below pops up.
1. All: Here you want crawlers to crawl your whole blog posts and contents. Yes search engine will find your contents.
2. noindex: Just as simple and straight forward as it sounds you are saying that your blog and it’s content should be kept hidden, unless you share your blog or page URL with others your site will hardly be noticed.
3. nofollow or follow allows robots from search engine to check your posts for outbound links. This are links you mention on your posts. So if you don’t want them them to do this, then choose nofollow
4. none: here crawlers will neither index your page nor check up on your outbound links. Thus, this is the effective combination of noindex and nofollow custom robots head tags
5. noarchive: When your blog went live, Google being who they are, took a snapshot of your blog and cached and archive it. Selecting this means that Google shouldn’t keep a copy of your blog.
6. nosnippet: Whenever Search Engines pull up your website, the snippet function helps people to peep at your content. Just like a little preview. Selecting this means that no preview of your web content will show.
7. noodp: Open Directory Project, ODP also referred to as Directory Mozilla, DMOZ is an open content-directory for web pages. Often time Google and other search engine can go through this open directory. A directory is just like a phone book. If you select this, then means you are turning it off.
8. notranslate: Means you don’t want your website to be translated if you choose to check the box.
9. noimageindex: This is the part you decide whether Google should index your images or not. If your images are indexed, other people can use them. Notwithstanding allowing your images to be indexed is very healthy for your Search Engine Optimization, SEO. Thus, if you select this means that your images will not be indexed by Google and the custom robots header tags.
10. unavailable_after: Here you are telling Google to deindex an already captured or indexed page on search after a certain time. You are saying hey Google, let this page go after so and so time.
Now that you have a good knowledge of Custom Robots header Tags and Purpose, let’s set it up.
How to Setup Custom Robots Header Tags?
Log into Blogger.com, click on settings, then search preferences and under crawlers and indexing, click on Custom Robots Header Tags
Next step is to click yes and select or check the boxes to configure to your taste as I already described to you earlier in Custom Robots Header Tags and Uses. In the screenshot below have checked the boxes for you. Just follow what I did and then click save. Wow you did it!
Now every time you make a post on Blogger, you have the opportunity to also set the custom robots header tags for each post just below Search Description of the post.
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In Summary just remember that custom robots header tags are very important to the health of your website SEO.
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