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joomla-3-robots-settingsThe next Joomla 3.0 Metadata setting we will look at is the Robots setting.

This setting will allow you to set the meta robots tag, which controls how search engines will crawl and index each of your pages.

Example meta robots tag:

<meta name="robots" content="noindex, follow" />

To change your Robots settings in Joomla 3.0

  1. Log into the Joomla 3.0 admin dashboard
  2. In the left menu, click the Global Configuration link
  3. Under the Site tab, find the Robots setting (refer to the screenshot at the top of this page)

    The following settings are available:
    Option Resulting meta tag
    Index, Follow No robots meta tag is added.
    No index, follow
    <meta name="robots" content="noindex, follow" />
    Index, No follow
    <meta name="robots" content="index, nofollow" />
    No index, no follow
    <meta name="robots" content="noindex, nofollow" />

    What does each setting mean?
    Value Result
    index Tells a search engine whether or not you want them to index the contents of this page.
    follow Tells a search engine whether or not you want them to follow and crawl the links on this page.

    After making your desired change, click the Save button at the top left of the page.

Continued Education in Course 202: Joomla 3 Metadata Settings
You are viewing Section 3: Setting Index and Follow settings in Joomla 3.1
Section 2: Changing the Site Meta Keywords in Joomla 3.1
Section 4: How to set the rights meta tag in Joomla 3.1

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n/a Points
2015-06-08 11:18 am

Sorry for the dumb question, but what is a robot, why would I choose either index or follow or noindex or nofollow. Setting this in global configuration means the robots won't follow any link, which seems kind of stupid.

33,905 Points
2015-06-08 4:17 pm
Hello Greg,

Some people have sites, pages, or articles that they do not wish to be indexed or followed by the search engines. For the most part people do want their sites and content found, but this is for any exceptions.

Kindest Regards,
Scott M
n/a Points
2015-08-03 6:39 pm

what's the best setting for good seo?

33,905 Points
2015-08-03 6:51 pm
Very simply good content is the best form of SEO. We do not yet have articles specializing in SEO, but there are plenty of websites that give great SEO advice. It is an ever changing thing, so always be on the lookout for new info.

Kindest Regards,
Scott M
n/a Points
2015-08-04 6:46 pm

mine was set to no index, no follow. i changed it in hopes that the site would be indexed properly is all i was asking. but thanks for your time. i do understand good content is key, but in the joomla settings it should say yes, to index and yes to follow

8,135 Points
2015-08-04 11:54 pm
Hello Will,

I agree completely that this should be more visible. However I am glad you were able to fix the setting.

Best Regards,
TJ Edens

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