Google Tells Us To Disallow Crawling Of Action URLs

Google Tells Us To Disallow Crawling Of Action URLs

Google posted a public service announcement saying you should disallow Googlebot from crawling your action URLs. Gary Illyes from Google posted on LinkedIn, “You should really disallow crawling of your action URLs. Crawlers will not buy that organic non-GMO scented candle, nor do they care for a wishlist.” I mean, this is not new advice. … Read more

Google Reminds Websites To Use Robots.txt To Block Action URLs

Google Reminds Websites To Use Robots.txt To Block Action URLs

In a LinkedIn post, Gary Illyes, an Analyst at Google, reiterated long-standing guidance for website owners: Use the robots.txt file to prevent web crawlers from accessing URLs that trigger actions like adding items to carts or wishlists. Illyes highlighted the common complaint of unnecessary crawler traffic overloading servers, often stemming from search engine bots crawling … Read more

How to Create Search Engine Friendly URLs

How to Create Search Engine Friendly URLs

Blog / Technical SEO / Creating SEO-friendly URLs: Best Practices & Examples Are URLs important for users and SEO? In short, yes, they are. Although factors like page load speed, content quality, and having the right target keywords generally have a more dramatic effect on your SEO, having URLs that are not SEO-friendly can also … Read more

Google Confirms Deindexing Vast Amounts Of URLs In February 2024

Google Confirms Deindexing Vast Amounts Of URLs In February 2024

Gary Illyes from Google confirmed that Google has “suddenly” dedindexed a “vast amount of URLs” from the Google Search index this past February. He said this was done because Google’s “perception of the site has changed.” Gary said this at the SERP Conf back in mid-April. Gary said on stage at the 10:40 mark into … Read more

How to Remove URLs from Google Search Results » Rank Math

How to Remove URLs from Google Search Results » Rank Math

Have you ever noticed that some of your website pages show up in Google’s search results that you don’t want your visitors to see? It happens!  It could be an old page you’ve deleted or one containing outdated information. Maybe it’s some personal photos or confidential business documents you no longer want to be exposed.  … Read more

Shifting Signals: How GSC’s Inbound Links Report Can Reveal Third-Party URLs Being Canonicalized To Your Own

Shifting Signals: How GSC’s Inbound Links Report Can Reveal Third-Party URLs Being Canonicalized To Your Own

While helping a company that was heavily impacted by several algorithm updates in the fall of 2023, I started by scanning GSC reports to get a feel for the situation. And when digging into the inbound links report, I started noticing something funny across a number of links. There were some relatively powerful referring domains in … Read more

Google Says Disallowing UTM Parameters In URLs Won’t Help With Crawling Or Ranking

Google Says Disallowing UTM Parameters In URLs Won’t Help With Crawling Or Ranking

Google’s John Mueller said on Reddit that disallowing URLs with UTM parameters in them won’t help you to improve crawling or rating with Google Search. He added that a site should try to keep its internal URLs clean and consistent, but over time, the canonical tags should help with external links that carry UTM parameters … Read more

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