Block Search indexing with
noindex is a rule set with either a
tag or HTTP response header and is used to prevent indexing content by search engines that
noindex rule, such as Google. When Googlebot crawls that page and
extracts the tag or header, Google will drop that page entirely from Google Search results,
regardless of whether other sites link to it.
noindex is useful if you don't have root access to your server, as it
allows you to control access to your site on a page-by-page basis.
There are two ways to implement
noindex: as a
<meta> tag and
as an HTTP response header. They have the same effect; choose the method that is more
convenient for your site and appropriate for the content type. Specifying the
noindex rule in the robots.txt file is not supported by Google.
You can also combine the
noindex rule with other rules that control indexing. For
example, you can join a
nofollow hint with a
<meta name="robots" content="noindex, nofollow" />.
To prevent all search engines that support the
noindex rule from indexing
a page on your site, place the following
<meta> tag into the
<head> section of your page:
<meta name="robots" content="noindex">
To prevent only Google web crawlers from indexing a page:
<meta name="googlebot" content="noindex">
Be aware that some search engines might interpret the
noindex rule differently. As a result, it is possible that your page might
still appear in results from other search engines.
HTTP response header
Instead of a
<meta> tag, you can return an
HTTP header with a value of either
none in your response.
A response header can be used for non-HTML resources, such as PDFs, video files, and image
files. Here's an example of an HTTP response with an
instructing search engines not to index a page:
HTTP/1.1 200 OK (...) X-Robots-Tag: noindex (...)
We have to crawl your page in order to see
<meta> tags and HTTP headers. If
a page is still appearing in results, it's probably because we haven't crawled the page since
you added the
noindex rule. Depending on the importance of the page on the
internet, it may take months for Googlebot to revisit a page. You can request that Google
recrawl a page using the
URL Inspection tool.
If you neeed to remove a page of your site quickly from Google's search results, see our documentation about removals.
Another reason could also be that the robots.txt file is blocking the URL from Google web crawlers, so they can't see the tag. To unblock your page from Google, you must edit your robots.txt file. You can edit and test your robots.txt using the robots.txt Tester tool.
Finally, make sure that the
noindex rule is visible to Googlebot. To test if your
noindex implementation is correct, use the
URL Inspection tool
to see the HTML that Googlebot received while crawling the page.
You can also use the
Index Coverage report
in Search Console to monitor the pages on your site from which Googlebot extracted a