Not All Search Engines Respect NoIndex Meta Tags



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 “noindex� meta tag:

– Google doesn’t show the page in any way
– Ask doesn’t show the page in any way
– MSN shows a url reference and Cached link, but no snippet. Clicking the cached link doesn’t return anything.
– Yahoo! shows a url reference and Cached link, but no snippet. Clicking on the cached link returns the cached page.