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Should I block Google from crawling my 'tag' archives?
Jupiter Jim
Jupiter, Florida

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November 28, 2014 - 10:03 pm
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You have probably answered this on a live Q & A and probably here on the forums, but I'm too lazy to look it up.

Here's my question:   I just did a search on Google for all the pages listed from my site on google so I put this into google:

I see pages like this indexed and listed on google search results: http://jupiterjimsmarketingtea.....ackground/

Well, first of all, it looks like it's an incorrect application of how to use tags, correct?  ('sidebar-backgroudn' is probably NOT a good tag, correct?)

Here's the real question >>>>   So I should BLOCK 'tag' pages from getting crawled by blocking them from being listed on the XML sitemap, correct?

I am using Yoast SEO plugin.

Hopefully, you understand what I am trying to ask here.    

P.S. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!!!

~ Jupiter Jim 

Rick Anderson
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November 29, 2014 - 7:09 am
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Yes, you should no-index your tag archive pages.  And you should instruct the sitemap not to include them in your sitemap.

Google only wants one address to each piece of content - tags and categories provide multiple addresses to the same content.

Thesis resolves much of this by adding the Canonical URL to the head of each page and post.  But it is still considered best practice not to tell Google the other addresses.

You do have an exception to this in your Category Archive pages, where each of them also includes unique content.  In that case you do want to include categories in the sitemap and you don't want to no-index those pages.

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