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#4549 accepted defect

Noindex'ing thin theme author indexes

Reported by: jonoaldersonwp Owned by: dd32
Milestone: Priority: normal
Component: Theme Directory Keywords: seo
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Description

When theme author archives (such as https://wordpress.org/themes/author/dans7919/) contain fewer than three themes, they should output a meta robots tag with a value of 'noindex, follow'.

Change History (7)

#1 @DannyCooper
3 weeks ago

Just a point of note, some of the most popular theme developers have less than three live themes.

OceanWP is the most obvious example - https://wordpress.org/themes/author/oceanwp/
(creator of the most popular theme on wp.org - excluding TwentyX themes)

Last edited 3 weeks ago by DannyCooper (previous) (diff)

#2 @jonoaldersonwp
3 weeks ago

That's fine - these pages are still low value, and shouldn't be entry points into the site in their current condition. They're also competing with / conflicting with the author profile, and the theme itself.

#3 @dd32
3 weeks ago

  • Owner set to dd32
  • Status changed from new to accepted

If we're going to noindex author archives pages, we'll have to do it for every author - not just based on the number of themes.

I can understand why these pages aren't high value in the search index, so I'm okay with noindexing them, but I expect others will disagree with that. We should probably make Themes/Plugins more prominent on the Profiles page instead though.

#4 follow-ups: @jonoaldersonwp
3 weeks ago

I don't agree that we need some kind of artificial rule on which is indexed and isn't because 'fariness'; that feels a bit silly.

That said, I'd be equally happy if we noindex'd all of them, and, also came up with a way to include/reference them on Profile pages.

#5 in reply to: ↑ 4 @dd32
3 weeks ago

Replying to jonoaldersonwp:

I don't agree that we need some kind of artificial rule on which is indexed and isn't because 'fariness'; that feels a bit silly.

While it is in the spirit of fairness, if a "thin" theme author archive isn't worth having as a search result then realistically none of them really are.
With >= 3, we'd be dropping 80% of the archives already, so keeping the remaining 20% doesn't seem like it'll be of much benefit to end-users as it's more likely than not, that the author they're looking for won't be listed.

#6 @jonoaldersonwp
3 weeks ago

Agreed, let's noindex them all :)

#7 in reply to: ↑ 4 @dd32
3 weeks ago

Replying to jonoaldersonwp:

That said, I'd be equally happy if we noindex'd all of them, and, also came up with a way to include/reference them on Profile pages.

FWIW that already exists: https://profiles.wordpress.org/wordpressdotorg/#content-themes
It's just a bit buried unless linked to directly..

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