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#3648 closed defect (fixed)

The "Advanced" tab is being indexed and showing up on SERPs

Reported by: johnbillion Owned by: obenland
Milestone: Priority: normal
Component: Plugin Directory Keywords: needs-patch has-screenshots
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Description

Performing a search on Google for wordpress "debug media" (link) returns two results for wordpress.org in first and second place. The first is the link to the plugin, the second is the link to the Advanced tab of the plugin. This makes the search results confusing - it looks like there are two identical plugins available.

Ideally the Advanced tab would not be indexed, or it would contain a canonical header pointing to the main plugin page so that it doesn't appear in SERPs.

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Change History (6)

#1 @johnbillion
16 months ago

  • Keywords has-screenshots added

#2 @Otto42
16 months ago

The Advanced page does contain a canonical header pointing back to the main page. Has since it was created.

#3 @obenland
16 months ago

@joostdevalk Do you have a suggestion as to how to avoid this?

#4 @jonoaldersonwp
16 months ago

The canonical link has fixed the symptom, though I'd argue that this isn't a perfect fix; the page isn't equivalent to the original, and so I'd expect Google's honouring of the canonical hint to be sporadic.

We'd get more guaranteed results for this fix by including a meta robots tag on the advanced page, with a value of noindex, follow.

#5 @obenland
16 months ago

  • Owner set to obenland
  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from new to closed

In 7308:

Plugins: Prevent advanced tab from being indexed

Props jonoaldersonwp, johnbillion.
Fixes #3648..

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