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Removing content in Google Search Engine Index is much more important than adding to it. Maximum Website Owner Do not understand, the Basic difference between WordPress Category and Tags, they make a Lot of mistakes while creating/making that a Category and tags.

Remove-category

Remove category

Many people in business start their business with a few pre-defined strategies. However, in the future, they change or update their strategy according to this shift in the marketplace. And the identical thing happens with all the “New Bloggers.”

They begin their website with a couple of unfamiliar tags and category and following couple of month they change it.

When they change or remove WordPress category and tags, they only it from their website but not from their search engine. Because they don’t know about it is important to remove from the search engine too.

In this article, we will check how we can remove WordPress category and tags form the google search engine. Also, a check is it essential to include tags and category to this search engine or not.

Introduction To Category

According to the definition.”

A Category is one of the pre-defined taxonomies in WordPress. It is used to sort and group content into different sections.

In a layman language, we can say a category is a Group of Post.

category

category

Even the Taxonomy in WordPress is one of the things which everyone uses, but they don’t know that they’re using it. WordPress Taxonomies are utilized as a means to group posts and custom article types together.

  • WordPress Categories and
  • WordPress Tags.

Remove WordPress Category And Tags From Search

There is a necessary step which you need to follow to remove WordPress tags and category out of Google search index are;

  1. Find the URL of the Category and tags.
  2. Submit the URL to the Google Webmaster Tool.
  3. Block it with Robots.txt file or Robots meta tags.

Step1: Find the URL of the Category and Tags

If you understand what is URL afterward you can easily find the URL of almost any Category, Tag, and Page, etc. but let me hand through it for new bloggers.

Category option in wordpress

Category

Click on the view to Open the Category page in the browser.

  • Now copy the address (URL) of the Category page which is showing in the browser bar.
URL of Category shown in the browser window

URL of Category

In this way, one by one you can find the URL of all of the category and do not forget to generate a list of all of the URL.

Follow the Same step to find the URL of the Tags, or if you have a large number of tags, then you can use search operator to find the tags which are indexed by the google.

Search Operator

Search Operator

Google reveals all of the web pages which are starting out of the mywebsitename.com/tags/

Step2: Submit the URL to the Google Webmaster Tool.

To use a google URL removal tool, you must have to verify your website with the google search engine.

google URL removal Tool in GWT

google URL Removal Tool

Here you have to add the URL of the category and tags which you would like to remove from the google search engine.

Lets we first get rid of the WordPress category, and after that, we will remove the Tags from the google search index.

Remove WordPress Category From Google Search Engine

We already have the list of category URL which we would like to eliminate, so now, it’s a time to submit it to the Google URL removal tool.

  • Enter the URL of this Category in the removal tool and then hit the continue button.
  • After that, You Need to Pick the “Temporarily hide page from search result and remove from cache” option and hit the submit request button

It’s done.

You can check the status of the webpage in the Exact Same tab,

remove category from google search in GWT

remove category

If you would like to find out more about Google URL removal tool than you can read this article  What Is URL Removal Tool & How To Remove URL From Google Search?

Remove WordPress tags from the google search engine

For removing the WordPress Tags out of google search engine, I’m using Directory Removal request.

Why I’m using this for a tag, not for the category?

In the event of Tag: we want to remove all of the URL which is starting with all the youwebsitename.com/tag/.

Note: – Everything begins with https://www.hitechwork.com/tags/ is taken out of the search engine. This is called Directory removal.

For Example

https://www.hitechwork.com/tag/seo
https://www.hitechwork.com/tag/how-to-make-coffees
https://www.hitechwork.com/tag/product-review

But in case of the category, we just want to remove the particular page.

  • So enter the tag directory in the URL removal tool and hit the continue button.
URL Removal tool

URL Removal tool

You will again see the three options

  • Now, this time Select “Temporarily hide directory,” and hit the submit request button.
Temporarily hide director

Temporarily hide director

Your directory removal request is submitted to the google webmaster tool, and you can check the report it again on the same tab.

directory removal request in the GWT

directory removal request

Note: – Within 12-24 hours, all of your categories pages will be out of Google’s index. But all the Tags take time to remove from the search engine.

To get the faster removal of the tag also add the list of all the tag and in the tool and select the “Temporarily hide a page from a search result and remove from cache” option.

Step3: Block Category & Tag With Robots.txt file & Robots meta tag

Removing content from the google search engine is very easy, but you have to take some step to make sure Google does not reindex the content again.

  1. Make sure tags and categories directory is blocked by your Robots.txt file.
  2. Use Robots meta tag to stop indexing the content.

To Block Category: Use Robots meta tag to block the category.

Add robots meta tag which is “nofollow noindex meta tag” in the head of the HTML documents manually, or you can use Yoast SEO Plugin to do this.

  • Click on SEO>>Title and meta >>Taxonomies and follow the setting as shown in the below screenshot.

Note: – Every site has different Object and different need. First decided which thing you want and then implement it on your Blog.

To Block Tags: Use the Robots.txt file to do this.

Simple upload the following code in the robots txt file and block the google as well as other bots to access your page.

Disallow: /tag/

Type: yourwebsitename.com/robots.txt to check your robots.txt file.

block tag in the robots.txt file

block tag in the robots.txt file

Also, put Tag out of XML sitemap on the website.

  • Go to SEO >>XML_Sitemaps>>Taxonomies and set tag, not in a sitemap.
exclude tag form XML sitemap

exclude tag form XML sitemap

Here you can see that I’m adding a category in the XML sitemap but not tag, Remember we already add the nofollow noindex meta tag in the head of each category page.

XML Sitemap in wordpress

XML Sitemap

Here I’m only adding a category sitemap in the XML sitemap of the website so that Google can access my every page efficiently. but you can also use WordPress ping list to get faster indexed by the google and all other search engines.

So this is the proper way to block and remove WordPress category And Tags from the google search engine. To remove it from other search engines like bing and Yandex then follow the same steps.

Is It Important To Add Category And Tags In Search Engin?

You can Add Tags but limited tags. But for the category, the clear-cut answer is NO!!!!! Why?

Let me explain it,

When I start my blog, I also don’t know about this problem. After few month blogging when I check index history in Google webmaster Tool Under Index Status Option.

Index status in GWT tool

Index status

Note: – You can also check by using String Operator.

Then I get a shock, I write only 20 posts but google index 857 content. How is it possible?

After a lot of searches, I Got my Answer!!!!!! “Google bots indexing my categories as well as tags.”

And After some search, I found a lot of duplicate content on my Blog and HTML improvement duplicate title tag Error in the google webmaster tool.

Why I Deindex Category And Tage From Google.

Because Google loves the clean and neat website!!!!!!

Think if you’re a google and you’ve got to daily filter out a URLs which is simply duplicate of another content then how to feel.

Similarly, if you provide lousy information or wrong information to a user, Google will not rank your website. But if you give the right information to Google then google think it is an excellent High-quality website and reward you by providing organic traffic to your site.

So, I Think this information is sufficient to comprehend why we need to remove WordPress category And Tags in the Google Index.

Note: Consistently provide quality material, Google doesn’t require quantity.

Conclusion

I think Removing category and tag from the search engine help you to increase the Overall Quality of the website and also Rank on each page. I’m not encouraging anyone to remove WordPress category and tag from the search index. Put yourself in the shoe of google and think what you want if you are a google.

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Harvinder Singh Sharry

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I'm Professional Blogger, SEO, and Digital marketing expert. I started my blog in 2016 with the aim to share my knowledge and experiences for the people associated with my field as well as for the general public.
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