How To Control Indexing Behavior Of Search Engines For Specific WordPress Posts And Pages ?

This tutorial explains you how you can have full control of meta robots tag for each WordPress post or page. meta robots have direct influence to indexing behaviour of search engines. So first you o install and activate the plugin called WordPress Meta Robots. After activation you will find it a its meta box on every Add New and Edit pages in your WordPress admin area dashboard.

Using its dropdown menu you can select from the following options:

  • index, follow
  • index, nofollow
  • noindex, follow
  • noindex, nofollow

Remember, when creating any new content type (post or page) the default value is automatically set to index, follow. Categories, tags, and archive are set to noindex, follow. Search results, 404 and others to noindex, nofollow.


  • NOINDEX – prevents the page from being included in the index
  • NOFOLLOW – prevents Googlebot from following any links on the page