NoIndexed Post types + Taxonomies have “index” in meta tag

  • I have several post types and taxonomies set as NoIndex. Yet in the page source code, this is present

    <meta name="robots" content="follow, index, max-snippet:-1, max-video-preview:-1, max-image-preview:large" />

    I’ve tested changing the “max-snippet” in RankMath settings to make sure this line is definitely added by RankMath, and it updates. But “follow, index” remains despite noindex turned on

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  • Hello,

    Thank you for contacting Rank Math and bringing your concern to our attention. I’m sorry for the delay and for any inconvenience this issue may have caused you.

    Could you also check the affected posts/pages individually if they were set to noindex?
    Noindex Individual Advanced

    I hope that helps. Thank you, and looking forward to your update.

    Thanks – for one of the post types that was the problem.

    However I’m confused how it could have ended up manually overridden at all – every single post of that type has been set to index.

    When creating a post, is there an option to “use post type meta settings”, rather than automatically checking the index or noindex checkbox?


    Can you try to check your Global Meta in Rank Math settings if the meta set to noindex?

    Here is the screenshot where you can find it:

    By default, once you’ve set the global meta, all newly created posts would be set accordingly.

    I hope that helps. Let us know if you need further help.

    Thank you.

    Thank you.

    Yeah that is set.

    I think this is something that could make sense to change in RankMath.

    In Yoast it’s so easy to just noindex a post type, because it doesn’t create an override for every single post.

    I’d prefer that the default setting for a post type didn’t also create an override when you create a post.

    Is that something you’d consider?

    I didn’t think I’d be having to hack database records or use manual bulk editing plugins just to change the indexing of a post type 🙁


    Thank you for following up.

    If you have set the default Robots Meta in Global Meta as noindex, when you create a post, it will show you this message
    noIndex Robots Global

    However, if it is set as index, all your posts will be set to index unless changed individually in the editor’s Advanced settings.

    If you want to change the robots meta of your published posts in bulk, unfortunately, that is only available in our Pro version.

    I hope that helps. Thank you, and please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need further assistance.

    That’s not really my point.

    I don’t think index/noindex should be set for a post unless a user specifically sets it.

    If they don’t set it, it should fall back on whatever the setting is for that post type.


    Any post type created by default takes meta and settings as set in Rank math > Titles & Meta > Post type. Here is a screencast where I change the default robots meta to noindex and as you will see, new post created is set to noindex by default:

    Looking forward to helping you

    That’s not what I’m saying. The post should have no setting unless it is specifically selected.

    Otherwise, it should assume the global setting.

    e.g. If I create a post, it would have neither index or noindex selected. Instead, when the plugin decides what meta to show, it would look at the global setting for that post type.

    That’s how Yoast works and it’s why I kinda expected RankMath to work this way. It avoids having to do any bulk updates if you want to noindex an entire post type


    I understand you now.

    Unfortunately with Rank math, your posts are automatically added a robots meta, either index or noindex.

    Even if you unchecked all your global settings in Rank math > Titles & Meta, saving the changes will automatically switch the robots meta to either of this.

    You can confirm this cannot be done for any post, unchecking one checks the other(noindex/index).

    This helps Rank math to determine which posts you don’t want indexed and therefore added or excluded from the sitemap.

    Hope this makes things clear. Thanks

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