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Ensuring Pop-Ups Don’t Block Main Content for Google

Are there pop-ups that prevent Google from seeing the main content?

Pop-ups can indeed prevent Google from seeing the main content of your eCommerce site, which can negatively impact your SEO. This is particularly important for Shopify and WooCommerce users to consider.

Shopify

In Shopify, you can manage pop-ups through apps or custom code. Ensure that your pop-ups are not intrusive and do not cover the main content when Googlebot is crawling your site. You can use the data-nosnippet attribute to prevent Google from indexing the content within the pop-up.

WooCommerce

For WooCommerce, you can manage pop-ups using plugins like OptinMonster or custom code. Similar to Shopify, make sure your pop-ups are not obstructive. You can use the data-nosnippet attribute in your HTML to ensure Google ignores the pop-up content.

Additionally, consider using robots.txt to block Google from crawling specific scripts or stylesheets related to pop-ups. This can be done by adding the following lines to your robots.txt file:

User-agent: *
Disallow: /path-to-popup-scripts/

By following these guidelines, you can ensure that pop-ups do not interfere with Google’s ability to crawl and index your main content, thereby maintaining your SEO performance.