Add "don't index" switch to pages

Right now to prevent a page from being indexed in a Webflow site it requires this custom code in the before </head> tag of the custom code area:

<meta name="robots" content="noindex">

It would be nice to have a toggle switch within page settings for each page that would stop a page from being indexed as well as from being added to the auto generated sitemap.xml file for Webflow hosted sites.  

  • Waldo Broodryk
  • Jan 23 2017
  • In backlog
  • Nick Soper commented
    May 17, 2017 08:56

    Just wrote an essay about this: 

  • Noelle Greenwood commented
    July 31, 2017 06:06

    Indeed. As per this excellent article

    "Sitemaps should only include URLs that you want to be seen by Google and included in the search results, so don’t include any pages with a noindex tag in a Sitemap."

    Also, blocking using 'disallow' in robots.txt is not a reliable way of ensuring a page does not get indexed. (Hence that "this page description cannot be found due to the site's robots.txt file" you see everywhere).

    This would be really great to see implemented.

  • Noelle Greenwood commented
    August 04, 2017 01:48

    To further my point on this, it would be worth having these 'don't index' and 'remove from sitemap' switches also available on all individual collection items - e.g. for cases where *some* will require their own indexed page and others not. A perfect example of this is shown here:

    Each of these items is a collection item under 'ethicalscreens' collection type. But only 'fossil fuels' has content that we want to link to.

  • Jordan Stambaugh commented
    November 28, 2018 04:18

    Voted! This is a no brainer - especially when dealing with Webflow templates. You DEFINITELY don't want a bunch of placeholder pages / meta descriptions showing up all over the web results because you can't exclude pages in the sitemap. I'm having issues with this right now. 

  • Daniel Blaho commented
    21 Mar 21:47

    This is an SEO must. Please add this soon! 

  • Alex Dixon commented
    11 Jun 12:29

    It would be handy to have this feature 👈🏼

  • Zachary Olivas commented
    22 Jun 01:23

    Could you update this to also include adding rel=canonical tags on every page with the option to point the tag elsewhere? 

  • Thibault Vilon commented
    27 Jun 11:20

    Definitely needs to remove not indexed page from the sitemap. Otherwise Google Search Console report errors of sitemap urls that are forbidden to be crawled by the robots.txt

  • Editor Tension commented
    03 Jul 18:31

    oh look, another SEO / client dealbreaker that has been on the Webflow wishlist for well over 2 years. grr. Any update?

  • Jonas Larsen commented
    16 Jul 09:33

    Wow, I just tried Webflow for the first time, and I am honestly very surprised that there isn't a noindex-button like you would find in any Wordpress installation with a proper SEO plugin.

    Please add this feature!

    Your current solution with adding the code to the header is not great at all, especially on pages like all of our blog posts (shared template), where if I add it to one, it adds it to all, so now I have to put the individual pages in robots.txt which doesn't guarantee noindexing at all, and which is is a very messy method. 

    This is 2019 - it has been on your wishlist for more than 2 years - just fix it. 

  • Juan Manuel Garrido commented
    30 Sep 20:29