[wp-trac] [WordPress Trac] #4696: Comment feeds need to be noindex by default

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Fri Aug 3 10:17:06 GMT 2007

#4696: Comment feeds need to be noindex by default
 Reporter:  joostdevalk     |       Owner:  anonymous            
     Type:  enhancement     |      Status:  new                  
 Priority:  normal          |   Milestone:  2.3 (trunk)          
Component:  Administration  |     Version:                       
 Severity:  normal          |    Keywords:  has-patch 2nd-opinion
 One of the most common SEO problems a WordPress blog has, is that all the
 comment feeds get indexed.

 Why is this a problem? Well, first of all, it's duplicate content, the
 comments are in the article page, AND they're in the feed, and Google
 get's to decide which of the two to show in a search result page.

 Secondly, because they're hardly ever useful WHEN they show up in the
 search for something (the article would be way better), they're a waste of
 spidering time... If you want your blog to be well indexed, you don't want
 the spider to waste time on comment feeds, when he could be grabbing your

 So my proposition is to add the relatively new robots noindex tag for rss
 feeds to them by default:

 {{{<xhtml:meta xmlns:xhtml="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" name="robots"
 content="noindex" />}}}

Ticket URL: <http://trac.wordpress.org/ticket/4696>
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