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  • Google search index crawl problems

    I was looking in GSC and it looks like my Clicks/Impressions dropped off a cliff (halved) in May 20 and never recovered.

    Looking in Coverage I see 24k valid pages but....
    Excluded Excluded by ‘noindex’ tag N/A 229,168
    I just wondered what that 'noindex tag' is regarding?
    Here's an example URL.

  • #2
    vBulletin 5 only adds noindex to non-content pages by default. Make sure you are not adding a noindex tag in your header template.
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    Wayne Luke
    The Rabid Badger - a vBulletin Cloud demonstration site.
    vBulletin 5 API

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    • #3
      Thanks for your reply Wayne Luke

      You got me thinking I might have entered something in the header or head_include templates but both say they have not been customised from the factory versions with a blank head_include.

      Header has some if...tag noindex directives right at the stathe but I'm assuming this is the VB5 tag no index logic you mentioned?

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      • #4
        You can look at your Site Map configuration under XML Sitemap -> Manage Content Priority in the AdminCP. Select Channels and make sure none of them are set to "Exclude."
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        Wayne Luke
        The Rabid Badger - a vBulletin Cloud demonstration site.
        vBulletin 5 API

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        • #5
          I had a look and all the Channels are set to 'Default'


          In my header template this is the only mention of 'noindex' which sits at the top of the file :
          Code:
          <vb:if condition="$page['noindex'] AND $page['nofollow']">
          <meta name="robots" content="noindex, nofollow" />
          <vb:elseif condition="$page['noindex']" />
          <meta name="robots" content="noindex" />
          <vb:elseif condition="$page['nofollow']" />
          <meta name="robots" content="nofollow" />
          </vb:if>

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          • #6
            Not sure why that would be triggering. Wouldn't be able to tell without direct access to your database. You can delete the entire block to see if that helps your situation.

            If Google indexes your search page, registration pages, etc... they will ding you for it. You'll probably want to add them to your robots.txt file.
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            Wayne Luke
            The Rabid Badger - a vBulletin Cloud demonstration site.
            vBulletin 5 API

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            • #7
              Would you be able to look via phpMyadmin or would you need direct mySQL access? The former being easiest to arrange.

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