When I checked how many webpages from SpiceUpYourBlog.com were indexed in Google, I was a bit surprised.
We have 741 Blog Posts published so far and I noticed that 2150 webpages were indexed in Google – see screenshot below.
Tip: To see how many of your webpages are indexed in Google, simply type “site:www.yourdomain.com” in Google.
- A few days ago, this post was published: http://www.spiceupyourblog.com/2014/05/7-basic-on-page-seo-elements.html
- At the same time, it created this archive page which contains the link to the blog post above: http://www.spiceupyourblog.com/2014_05_27_archive.html
- There is a possibility that your Blog Post will suffer due to duplicate content.
- Google may be skeptical and think you’re a content farm
Avoid being seen as a Content Farm
Google has webpages in their index as heavy as 100 million Gigabytes. The more pages you add to this index, the heavier it gets.
This means that the more webpages you add to Google, the more chances you have that one of your pages rank high. But Google wants quality content only. So, if you help Google by adding quality content to their index only, you will leave him more space in his database. As goodwill, he may do you a favor and rank your webpages higher.
The Simple Code
To prevent Google from indexing all your archive pages, follow these steps:
- From your Blogger dashboard, go to “Template”) -> “Edit HTML”
- It is always recommended to backup your template before you make any changes in your code. -> click “Backup / Restore”, then click “Download full template”.
- Add the code below after the <head> tag. It’s just a three liner!
<b:if cond=’data:blog.pageType == “archive”‘>
<meta content=’noindex’ name=’robots’/>
To make sure that the tag is been added successfully on your pages, go to an archive page and open the source code. Check if you find the following code: <meta content=’noindex’ name=’robots’/>
Now, you can sit back and let Google and other search engine crawlers do their work. It will take a while until all your indexed archive sites will be removed from the index. Once your webpages are removed, you can expect better SEO results.