After Dark uses the
noindex robots meta directive to prevent search engines from crawling and indexing certain parts of your site. It appears in the HTML document
head and looks like this:
<meta name="robots" content="noindex">
Unlike robots.txt meta directives are defined within page content itself and unambiguously indicate which, if any, pages should be blocked from indexing — even if some of those pages appear in your site’s Sitemap.
To facilitate the discovery of index blocked pages Fuzzy Search utilizes the very same meta directive exposed to search engines to prevent disclosure of pages in its own result listings. Therefore, if a page can be found in fuzzy search, that page may ultimately appear on a search engine result page.
Adjust index blocking per-page using
noindex Front Matter:
noindex = true # set false or remove to unblock
Block entire sections using an
_index.md file with the above setting:
├── content │ ├── legal │ │ ├── _index.md │ │ ├── terms.md │ │ └── privacy.md │ ├── post
By default the following page types are blocked automatically:
- Section listings automatically linked to from the Section Menu;
- Taxonomy Pages such as
Tagand terms listings; and,
- If enabled, the Fuzzy Search page or any deep-linked result within.
Adjust defaults using the
noindex_kinds setting from Site Configuration. For example, to enable crawling of section pages add the following to the config:
[params] noindex_kinds = [ "taxonomy", "taxonomyTerm" ] # crawl "section" pages
Learn about Robots Meta Directives on Moz and see how Google uses
noindex in Block search indexing with 'noindex'.