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How to stop search engines from indexing the hash links on WP page properly

I noticed all of the hash-links from the table of content on my blog have been indexed on google and I don't want that.. I don't want links like this to be indexed on google: example.com/blog/post/#Header1 Because it's the same page as example.com/blog/post How can I achieve that? I tried googling the answer, it seemed like a common problem, but no help..
To keep search engines from indexing hash links (those with fragment identifiers) on your WordPress page, you have two methods: using the "robots meta tag" or the "robots.txt" file. Here's a step-by-step guide for each: Method 1: Using the robots meta tag Edit the Header.php file: Log in to your WordPress dashboard. Go to Appearance -> Theme Editor. Find and click on the header.php file on the right side. Add the meta tag: Inside the <head> section, paste the following meta tag: html <meta name="robots" content="noindex, nofollow"> This tag signals search engines not to index the page and to ignore the links. Save changes: Save the updated header.php file. Method 2: Using the robots.txt file Edit the robots.txt file: Connect to your WordPress site via FTP or your hosting provider's file manager. Look for the robots.txt file in your WordPress root directory. Add Disallow rule: Insert these lines in your robots.txt file: makefile User-agent: * Disallow: /*# This blocks search engines from crawling URLs containing a hash symbol (#). Save changes: Save the modified robots.txt file. Important Considerations: Exercise caution: Blocking search engines may impact your SEO, so understand the consequences. Check robots.txt: Ensure it's correctly formatted and doesn't accidentally block crucial pages. Robots meta tag scope: Adding the tag in header.php affects all pages; for specific pages, consider using a plugin. Test the changes: Confirm search engines behave as expected using tools like Google Search Console.

January 20, 2024

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