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URLs with parameters indexed - should they be noindexed?

All of my URLs with parameters are set to "let google decide" in search console. Many of the URLs are indexed, but the URLs without parameters are the ones getting the majority of traffic. So I would say Google has been effective in managing URL parameters.

Should I change the setting myself, to tell Google exactly the nature of those parameters, or continue letting Google decide?

Bigseo | 👁 489 | Posted 2018-11-17 | Share on Facebook | Twitter | Google+

| Modified: 2018-11-17 | Author:

5 Comments

Tuilere 1 year ago

Never let Google decide. Googlebot is dumb. Set parameters in GSC. Always.

[deleted] 1 year ago

Plot twist, I forgot to check canonical URLs - some pages have 2 x canonicals... one for the parametered URL and one for the URL without parameters

seomacroscope 1 year ago

It depends. If the parameters cause the same base URL to deliver different content, then the myriad parameterized URLs should probably be indexed. If the parameters only slightly change the returned content, then not.

[deleted] 1 year ago

Thanks. They are all eCommerce filters - sorting, etc. So I'm thinking, not very useful and not worth Google crawl time. So I'm inclined to start managing the thousands of URLs. This article claims increased traffic as a result: https://www.greenlanemarketing.com/blog/how-to-find-and-fix-index-bloat-issues/

organazized 1 year ago

I would say Google has been effective in managing URL parameters. If it ain't broke don't fix it. Let Google decide Would need much more detail to properly understand how your parameters work anyway


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