No: ‘noindex’ detected in ‘robots’ meta tag

  • Hi there,

    It seems I am getting a growing problem using Rank Math, and after really investigating with Google Console, it seems to be: No: ‘noindex’ detected in ‘robots’ meta tag

    Screenshot in: Sensitive Data

    This relates to the listings (classifieds) section of my site.

    How do I go about removing the noindex ??

    Thank you!

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  • as seen from the RESULTS of robots.txt Tester – I am absolutely dumbfounded why this is happening.

    Is there a way to stop Rank Math plugin from doing this?



    Thank you for getting in touch and I am extremely sorry about the trouble this might have caused.

    There are a few things you must check for in order to see why the posts aren’t getting indexed.

    1. Make sure the post is not selected as ‘noindex’ in WP > Posts > Your Post > Advanced Tab in Rank Math.

    Individual Post Advanced Tab

    2. Ensure that the noindex is not selected for Global or Posts meta:

    Noindex Settings

    3. Check the sitemap settings and check if the posts are setup to be included in the sitemaps:

    Post Settings

    Please note that it is completely upto Google if they want to index or not index your website. So, if you haven’t willingly or accidentally made your posts noindex and Google still isn’t indexing your page – it means that either Google doesn’t want to index or hasn’t crawled your page yet because it hasn’t allocated that much crawl budget to your website.

    Please check this website for more details.

    Hope that helps and please do not hesitate to let us know if you need our assistance with anything else.


    I have updated the sensitive data as requested. Can you please check further?

    Thank you.


    I checked your URLs and they are actually set to noindex, check the screenshot I have added in the sensitive section.

    If you don’t wish to have these URLs indexed, you can remove them sitemap by doing the following:

    1. Flush the Sitemap cache by following this video screencast:

    2. Exclude the Sitemap files of the Rank Math plugin in your caching plugin. The cache could be via a plugin or from the server. For plugins or Cloudflare, please follow this article:

    If you want them to be indexed and have already gone through the steps shared in the previous reply then we might need to take a closer look at the settings. Please edit the first post on this ticket and include your WordPress & FTP logins in the designated Sensitive Data section.
    Sensitive Data Section

    It is completely secure and only our support staff has access to that section. If you want, you can use the below plugin to generate a temporary login URL to your website and share that with us instead:

    You can use the above plugin in conjunction with the WP Security Audit Log to monitor what changes our staff might make on your website (if any):

    We really look forward to helping you.


    I have updated the sensitive data as requested. Can you please check further?

    Thank you.

    Hi Michael,

    Yes, I would really like them indexed and have already I’ve gone through the steps shared in the previous reply for a few times already.

    Thank you for taking a closer look at the settings. I have included my WordPress & FTP logins in the designated Sensitive Data section for you.

    Looking very forward to see what is going on.

    Thanks again Rank Math. This means a lot to me…


    Rank Math settings are not working on the listing pages because these pages are dynamically created by the AWPCP BuddyPress Module plugin. They don’t have UI like other WordPress pages.

    To set these pages to index, I added following filter code to your theme’s functions.php file:

    add_filter( 'rank_math/frontend/robots', function( $robots ) {
        if ( ! function_exists( 'awpcp_buddypress_wrapper' ) ) {
            return $robots;
        $buddypress = awpcp_buddypress_wrapper();
         if ( $buddypress->is_listings_component() ) {
             $robots['index'] = 'index';
    	return $robots;

    This seemed to have fixed the issue. Can you please confirm?

    Thank you.

    Thank you Pratik,

    I will refresh settings, re-submit the sitemap and review the situation.

    I will get back to you on this thread soon upon Google Console’s update on the status.

    Many thanks –

    Get back to you soon 🙂


    Please, let us know how it goes, we will keep this ticket open until your issue will be resolved.

    Looking forward to helping you.

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