Understand Custom Robots Header Tags Settings in Blogger [Updated]

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Do you know how your blog gets ranked in Google Search Engine? Do you know that some robots exist? If you are not sure what they are, this article will help you clear your doubts about robots and how they crawl your Blogspot blog.

For your articles/blog to get ranked in any search engines, some robots exist from Google, Bing, and Yahoo….e.t.c. These robots crawl your blog regularly based on the custom robots header tags.

You need to know what custom robot header tags are, this way you can improve your blogs organic traffic from any search engine. Setting up these robot header tags lets search crawlers increase or decrease your blog search visibility.

Before I dive into setting up custom robots header tags in the Blogspot blog, let’s look into the available tags.

Custom Robots Header Tags and Their Usage

There are various custom robots header tags you need to know and their usage for setting up for your Blogspot blog.

  1. all: Using this header tag enables search crawlers to crawl and index your content without any limitations.
  2. noindex: This tag should be used when you don’t want a particular content to be crawled by search engines .i.e., you would like to use particular content to be private (example: Bonus for your EBook Purchase).
  3. nofollow: Before looking into nofollow tag, Let’s look into the Dofollow tag. Dofollow and Nofollow tags are for outbound links. For any outbound link, you create it is created as Dofollow by default. If you don’t want search robots to look into your outbound links, adding a nofollow tag can skip robots to skim into your links.
  4. none: None combines both the properties of noindex and nofollow tags. Adding a none tag neither allows your content to show up in search engines nor search engines look in your links.
  5. noarchive: This tag tells Google not to store cache copy of your page in its server. Cache copy is nothing but a copy that is generated by Google when it crawls your page and stores snapshots of it as a backup and used if your current page goes down. 
  6. nosnippet: Snippets are the ones which display internal text from a webpage. If you wish not to show a snippet for a specific page adding a nosnippet tag will do this for you.
  7. noodp: The Open Directory Project or Dmoz is a huge directory that contains links to other websites. noodp tag tells google not to use title and description from those directories. But as of now, The Open Directory Project is closed in 2017.
  8. notranslate: Many of the webpages are translated in search engine results. If you want to disable translations of your webpage add a notranslate tag.
  9. noimageindex: Using this tag allows search engines to de-index images in search engines results page. You need to use it accordingly as images can drive more organic traffic better than content.
  10. unavailable_after: The tag tells Googlebot to when to stop crawling & indexing a particular page. This tag can be used when the webpage has a promotional content(Offer valid for a certain period).

This bunch of tags are very useful to understand in setting up custom robots header tags in blogger.

Let’s get into the Action plan.

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How to Setup Custom Robots Header Tags?

Adding custom robots header tags settings in blogger makes blogger more SEO friendly.

Step 1: Login into your Blogger dashboard. Navigate to the blog in which you want to modify robots header tags.

Step 2: Now go to Setting >> Search Preferences from the left menubar. Then you can see custom robots header tags setting under crawlers and indexing. You have an option to edit this setting. Click on the edit button.

Custom Robots Header Tags Settings in Blogger

Step 3: Here you can see an option to enable it through radio buttons. Choose yes radio button for further setup.

Custom Robots Header Tags Settings Enable

Ideal settings for custom robot header tags.

Step 4: Here comes the actual part of the setting where you need to apply above 10 tags based on your preference. For the ideal purpose and best results, you can just try the exact settings(refer to the next image) and click save changes.

Robots header tags settings preference

You can set up your preference for the homepage, archive pages, and post pages.

You are good to go now. 

Doing so, You have informed Googlebot about your preference with crawlers and indexing your blog for better visibility which is a key factor to consider for SEO.

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