One way you can easily see which of your site’s pages is indexed by Google is to type “site:*yoursiteurl*” into a Google search.  So, in my case, this is “”  You do not have to include “http” or “www. ”

Enable Taxonomy Indexing on a Blog?

What I saw recently from running this type of search is that many of my archive pages are showing up in Google’s search results.  So, as I originally had it set up, my WordPress tags and categories, being their own pages, were showing up in Google results.

So, obviously, I dived into Google to do some research to find out if this was good practice as a blogger.  This conclusion I came to is that, in my particular setup, I don’t think that I want my taxonomies indexed.  If I did decide to allow for their indexing, I would end up having quite a bit more of my pages found in search.  Yet, this may not necessarily be to my benefit.

What I’m really looking for is the postname – site – link – meta description format pages found indexed, as I find they are, in my case, more useful.  What I really want is targeted clicks to my blog from people who really know what they’re getting into.  As a blogger, I’m not interested in ambiguity ending up in the Google index.

So, I made the sacrifice and reconfigured my Yoast plugin to de-index taxonomies.  One thing you should note is that if you are using the Yoast plugin, even after running the configuration wizard, taxonomy indexing is enabled by default.

If you decide to take my taxonomy de-indexing route, from the WordPress dashboard, go to SEO – Search Appearance.

Then, click on Taxonomies.  You will want to disable categories and tags from indexing.

Click on Categories,and click “No” in “Show Categories in search results?”  Then, click on Tags, and click “No” in “Show Tags in search results?”

Remember, this is just my particular approach.  You, as a blogger, may find that your blog’s visitors are finding it useful to discover you through categories.  If you do decide to index categories, you should change the default “… Archives” format, as the word archives makes it seems like content is out of date.  Archive = Archaic?

E-commerce Stores

While it may be optional on a blog to have taxonomies indexed, in my opinion, it is imperative on an online store.  You may be selling items of different categories and will want to have each category page indexed by Google.  For a clothing store, categories like shoes, t-shirts, men’s, women’s etc you will certainly want to be found as items in the index.  With a store, you should have pages and posts indexed.  Also, when editing taxonomy settings, choose tags or categories to be indexed – to avoid confusion, set one and block the other.

Test Your Site

You should occasionally run the site:*yoursiteurl* search into Google to see how they are indexing your pages.  Then, you should ask yourself: is this how I want visitors/customers to find me?  The more informed and topic focused your visitor is when they click, the more your subscriber base and conversion rate will grow.  The beauty of organic search is, if you have your site set up right from the get go, your clickthroughs will be very targeted.

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