Noindexing Auto-Generated Vendor Pages

How to Noindex Auto-Generated Vendor Pages in Shopify

Auto-generated vendor pages can dilute your SEO efforts by creating duplicate content. To prevent search engines from indexing these pages, you can add a “noindex” meta tag. Here’s how to do it in Shopify:

  1. Edit the theme code:
    • Go to your Shopify admin panel.
    • Click on “Online Store” and then “Themes.”
    • Click on the “Actions” button next to your active theme and select “Edit Code.”
  2. Locate the theme.liquid file:
    • In the left-hand sidebar, locate the “Layout” folder.
    • Open the theme.liquid file.
  3. Add noindex meta tag conditionally:
    • In the theme.liquid file, add the following code to the <head> section. This code checks if the current page is a vendor page and, if so, adds the noindex meta tag:
      {% if template contains 'collection' and current_tags contains 'vendor' %}
        <meta name="robots" content="noindex">
      {% endif %}

      This code snippet ensures that only vendor pages will have the noindex meta tag. If your vendor pages have a different URL structure or identifier, you might need to adjust the condition accordingly.

  4. Save the changes:
    • Click “Save” to apply the changes to your theme.
  5. Verify the implementation:
    • Visit one of your vendor pages and check the page source (right-click and select “View Page Source”).
    • Look for the <meta name="robots" content="noindex"> tag in the <head> section to ensure it has been added correctly.

By following these steps, you ensure that search engines do not index your auto-generated vendor pages, which can help in avoiding duplicate content issues and improving your site’s SEO.

How to Noindex Auto-Generated Vendor Pages in WooCommerce

In WooCommerce, you can achieve the same result by using a plugin like Yoast SEO. Here’s how:

  1. Install and activate the Yoast SEO plugin.
  2. Go to SEO > Search Appearance.
  3. Navigate to the Taxonomies tab.
  4. Find the Product Vendors section and set the Show Product Vendors in search results? option to No.
  5. Save your changes.

This will add a “noindex” meta tag to all vendor pages in WooCommerce.