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#5067 reviewing defect

Noindex (or kill?) theme search feeds

Reported by: jonoaldersonwp Owned by: tellyworth
Milestone: Priority: low
Component: Theme Directory Keywords: seo
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Description

Theme search URLs generate dedicated RSS feeds. E.g, for a themes search for the word 'hotel', the following examples also exist:

https://wordpress.org/themes/search/hotel/feed/rss2/
https://wordpress.org/themes/search/hotel/feed/

If there's perceived value in these, we should keep them but add an x-robots HTTP header with a value of 'noindex, follow'.

If these are trash, we should 301 requests to these structures to the search URL in question (e.g, https://wordpress.org/themes/search/hotel/feed/rss2/ to https://wordpress.org/themes/search/hotel/).

Change History (3)

#1 follow-up: @tellyworth
5 days ago

  • Owner set to tellyworth
  • Status changed from new to reviewing

Is it fair to say that all RSS feeds should have noindex,follow headers?

#2 @tellyworth
5 days ago

In 9638:

Theme dir: noindex search RSS

See #5067.

#3 in reply to: ↑ 1 @jonoaldersonwp
4 days ago

Replying to tellyworth:

Is it fair to say that all RSS feeds should have noindex,follow headers?

More or less, excluding any feeds used to fuel Google's podcast indexing services (which I presume we don't have any of)

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