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Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007

Yahoo Releases Robots Tag for Blocking Specific Content

 

This morning Search Engine Land released details of a “robots-nocontent” tag that has just been adopted by Yahoo. The tag will allow site owners to block portions of a page from searches. This means that blocked content will still be indexed by Yahoo!’s search engine spider but it will not be among the searchable content at Yahoo.

What would be the purpose of such a robots-nocontent tag? Perhaps you have a few paragraphs of generic content duplicated across several pages of your website and you are suspicious the dupe content is hampering rankings. In this case you can now block that specific content from searches and test your assumptions. It remains to be seen how well this tag will work but it is always favorable to have more tools in the optimization tool chest.

Implementation
The new tag must be included as a “class” in these exact words “robots-nocontent” and can be included anywhere in the page. If wide areas need to be blocked then simply use DIV tags to encapsulate the content.

Additional notes:

  • At this time it is not known if any other search engines will follow suit.
  • Yahoo has provided official word of this launch on the Yahoo Blog.

One Response to “Yahoo Releases Robots Tag for Blocking Specific Content”

  1. Scott

    I have to say that I personally like the idea of this tag, but am skeptical to see if Google (and MSN) will follow suit.

    I have seen many cases where a block of identical content needs to be repeated throughout a site, and so there is certainly a place for a tag of this nature.

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