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How to find live examples of SEO configurations across the web

If you’re looking for live examples of how directives or configurations are being treated by Google, you’ll need an HTML source code search engine like https://publicwww.com, which by the way is my favorite.

This type of exercise is useful when you’re unsure of how certain directives will behave when combined, need examples of working configurations or if you’re just curious.

Below are some HTML source code patterns that might be interesting but please keep in mind the combinations of directives/tags is not exhaustive. Have a look through some of the queries to see how to construct your own and please do reference the official syntax guide.

Noindex

Simple Noindex:

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

Googlebot Noindex:

<meta name=”googlebot” content=”noindex”>

Noindex excluding canonical

Simple Noindex excluding canonical:

<meta name=”robots” content=”noindex”> – <link rel=”canonical” href=”” />

Googlebot Noindex excluding canonical:

<meta name=”googlebot” content=”noindex”> – <link rel=”canonical” href=”” />

Noindex + canonical

Simple Noindex + canonical (excludes rel=next/prev and hreflang):

<meta name=”robots” content=”noindex”> + <link rel=”canonical” href=”” />

Googlebot Noindex + canonical (excludes rel=next/prev and hreflang) :

<meta name=”googlebot” content=”noindex”> + <link rel=”canonical” href=”” />

Noindex + rel=next/prev

Simple Noindex + canonical + rel=next:

<meta name=”robots” content=”noindex”> + <link rel=”next” href=””>

Googlebot Noindex + canonical + rel=next:

<meta name=”googlebot” content=”noindex”> + <link rel=”next” href=””>

Noindex + rel=next/prev + rel=canonical

Simple Noindex + canonical + rel=next:

<meta name=”robots” content=”noindex”> + <link rel=”next” href=””> + <link rel=”canonical” href=”” />

Googlebot Noindex + canonical + rel=next:

<meta name=”googlebot” content=”noindex”> + <link rel=”next” href=””> + <link rel=”canonical” href=”” />

Rel=canonical

Simple canonical:

<link rel=”canonical” href=”” />

Meta Nofollow

Simple meta nofollow:

<meta name=”robots” content=”nofollow”>

Meta nofollow excluding noindex:

<meta name=”robots” content=”nofollow”> – <meta name=”robots” content=”noindex”>

Hreflang

Simple hreflang:

<link rel=”alternate” hreflang=”” href=”” />

You’ve got the hang of it now, happy hunting.

 

David Sottimano

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