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How to set custom robots header tag for blogspot blog


Before we proceed, it will be wise enough to know what
robots header tags are and why they are necessary for a blog. Robot header tags
are those headers which are meant for consumption by robots that is to say, it
is only visible to search engine’s bots. If you are reading this post it means
you are a blogger and already know what bots are because all bloggers normally
cry about having their blogs indexed by google bots at one point or the other. now
setting a custom robots header will definitely increase your on-page SEO
without doubt.
To add a custom robots header  to your blogger blog, simply navigate to
settings>search preferences you’ll see ‘custom robots header’ which is disabled
by default, change it to yes and you’ll be given options to tick, set it to
your desire and hit the save button. But wait a minute, a little bit of mistake
could ruin your blog’s SEO so it is important to know what the options there
mean and not just tick anyhow, see explanations below:

Here, the pages are categorized into home page, archive and
search pages and pages & posts’ pages
  • Home
    Page – This category includes a single
    page, the home page of your blog.
  • Archive
    and Search pages – Archive pages
    are those which list multiple blog posts (or snippets) on a single web
    page. These are the page accessed by clicking the ‘Older’and ‘Newer’ links
    at the bottom of the home page and all pages reached by clicking these
    links, or the pages accessed by clicking the Year or Month links in the
    blog archives.
    Search pages are those which open on searching in a blogger blog. These
    pages also show multiple blog posts on a single page.
  • Pages
    and Posts – These are the
    blog post pages or standalone blogger pages. These pages show only a
    single blog post and the associated comments.
The different robot header tags allowed
are all, noindex, nofollow, none, noarchive, nosnippet, noodp, notranslate,
noimageindex and unavailable_after. all
– No restrictions are placed on the robots. They are allowed to crawl, index
and serve content
·        
noindex – The page shouldn’t be indexed i.e.
it shouldn’t be shown in search results.
  • nofollow – All links on the page
    containing this directive will be treated as nofollow. The page will be
    indexed but the linked pages will not be crawled. Note that if there is another
    web page somewhere on the internet having links to those pages marked as
    nofollow by you, then those pages will be crawled. The nofollow directive
    simply states that ‘Do not index the linked pages because I have linked to
    them. But, if someone else has linked to them and has not marked them as
    nofollow, then you are free to index them’.
  • none – none is the combination of
    noindex and nofollow.
  • noarchive – Google caches certain web pages
    and shows a link to the cached pages in search results. If noarchive tag
    is specified, then the cached link will not be shown in search results.
  • nosnippet – Along with links to webpages,
    Google search results also shows a text snippet to give the searcher an
    idea of the contents of that page. If nosnippet is set, then text snippets
    will not be shown for that page in search results.
  • noodp – The Open Directory Project
    (dmoz.org) is a human created directory of websites and webpages. The
    human editors also add descriptions for these webpages. Sometimes, Google
    uses these descriptions (and other information) to improve the text
    snippets or other information shown in search results. If the noodp tag is
    set, Google will not use metadata from ODP.
  • notranslate – If the language of the user is
    different from the language of the webpage, Google shows a link in its
    search results for translating that page. If notranslate is set, then such
    links won’t be shown.
  • noimageindex – If set, the images on that page
    will not be indexed. This is similar to nofollow tag. If the same image is
    present on some other page, then that image may be indexed.
  • unavailable_after – The webpage will not be shown
    in search results after the specified date and time.
Having explained
these, you can now make a your settings as to how you desire, but if you are new
to blogging and still don’t understand most of those context the follow my own
as shown in the screen shot below.

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