If you think those embarrassing photos of you at the office Christmas party – that you uploaded to that page on your site that you’re sure no one knows about – are safe because you added a “noindex” meta tag? You might want to think again.
Matt Cutts conducted a brief, non-scientific experiment to see how each search engine handles the command. Here’s what he found…
So based on a sample size of one page, it looks like search engines handle the â€œnoindexâ€? meta tag:
– Google doesnâ€™t show the page in any way
– Ask doesnâ€™t show the page in any way
– MSN shows a url reference and Cached link, but no snippet. Clicking the cached link doesnâ€™t return anything.
– Yahoo! shows a url reference and Cached link, but no snippet. Clicking on the cached link returns the cached page.