Custom robots header tags

Warning! Use with caution. Incorrect use of this feature can result in your blog being ignored by search engines.

Custom robots header tags allow you to tell web crawlers not to index certain sections of your site. It’s similar to customrobots.txt, but not as granular. For example, if you check the box for "nofollow" under the "Homepage" section, it means that you don’t want web crawlers to consider any links on your homepage leading to any other page.

To enable these tags, go to Settings | Search Preferences, click Edit next to "Custom robots header tags," and select Yes.

The three sections you’ll see below correspond to:

  • Your blog’s home page
  • Your archive and search pages
  • Your posts and pages

Check the boxes to set the flags according to your preferences, then view the sections of your blog that you customized (home page, archive and search pages, pages and posts). You should see an X-Robots-Tag header tag in the HTTP response with the selected flags.

Custom robots header tags

Note: In order to see the HTTP request and response with the header tags, you’ll need to go to Chrome > View > Developer > Developer Tools > Network > Headers for the HTML page request.

If the feature is turned on (e.g., you’ve selected Yes), then you will see a similar interface in the "Post Settings" section of the Post Editor.

For more information, we recommend you read through Google’s educational resources on Robots meta tag and X-Robots-Tag HTTP header specifications.