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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.

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n/a Points
2016-03-02 2:48 pm

I'm not sure I understand why Joomla does not set a meta tag for 'Index, Follow'

Does the absence of a tag mean that the robots will index and follow by default?

Thank you.


40,993 Points
2016-03-03 4:45 am
Hello Gilian,

The meaning of each option is available in the tutorial above. The absence of the tag indicates that robots can index and follow.

If you have any further questions or comments, please let us know.

Arnel C.
n/a Points
2016-03-05 5:36 am

Thank you for the clarification. I know that this issue has confused others.

n/a Points
2015-08-03 6:39 pm

what's the best setting for good seo?

43,761 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

10,077 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
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.

43,761 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
2014-09-23 10:05 am
What is the advantage to index and to follow? when should i choose not to index/follow?

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