On 21st January 2022, Google introduced a new robots tag,
indexifembedded to give more control to website owners over which content they want to be indexed by Google.
Today, we’re introducing a new robots tag, indexifembedded, that brings you more control over when your content is indexed. https://t.co/VuIQjGhUlz— Google Search Central (@googlesearchc) January 21, 2022
What exactly is indexifembedded tag?
With the new
indexifembedded tag, you can tell Google to index your content when it’s embedded through
iframes and similar HTML tags in other pages, even when the primary destination of the content has the
It works in combination with the existing
noindex tag only when the page with the
noindex tag is embedded into another page through an
iframe or a similar HTML tag, like object.
The example that Google gave was that if
podcast.host.example/playpage?podcast=12345 has both the
indexifembedded tag, it means Google can embed the content hosted on that page in
recipe.site.example/my-recipes.html during indexing.
Use Cases of Google’s New indexifembedded tag:
1. Video Embeds:
When asked by SEOs for further explanation of the
indexifembedded tag, John Mueller (Search Advocate at Google) gave an instance of video embeds.
In situations where media publishers might not want to get their pages indexed but still want to allow other third-party pages that have embedded that content to use it for indexing, this new tag can be used.
Currently, if they don’t want their media pages to be indexed, they use a
noindex tag on such pages. However, this allows prevents embedding the content on other pages during indexing.
A “common” (it’s new, so there’s nothing common yet :)) use-case would be widgets or embedded content, where you have a special URL for the embed that you don’t want indexed, but you still want to allow the embedding page to use it for indexing. Eg, video embeds.— 🐄 John 🐄 (@JohnMu) January 21, 2022
2. PDF Embeds:
Another tweet by Stephen (SEO @ Splunk) mentions that the new
indexifembedded tag can be used for PDF embeds. Website owners can
noindex the raw PDF but the pages that have the PDF embedded will still benefit greatly from the content in the PDF.
PERFECT for embedding PDFs into web pages. NoIndex the raw PDF, but the HTML page that has it embedded benefits from the content within the PDF. Thanks @googlesearchc (still waiting on a tag to prevent “Uploaded By” when embedding YT videos…)— Stephen (@s_watts_seo) January 21, 2022
There might be a lot of other use cases of the new robots tag that we’ll get to know about as more website owners start adopting the new tag.
Difference Between the noindex and indexifembedded tag:
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How to add indexifembedded in combination with the noindex tag:
The first option would be to add the meta tag in the head section of the HTML:
<meta name="googlebot" value="noindex" /> <meta name="googlebot" value="indexifembedded" /> <!-- OR --> <meta name="googlebot" value="noindex,indexifembedded" />
Alternatively, you can specify the tag in the HTTP header:
X-Robots-Tag: googlebot:noindex X-Robots-Tag: googlebot:indexifembedded ... OR … X-Robots-Tag: googlebot:noindex,indexifembedded
Let’s wait and see how publishers and SEOs make use of Google’s new
indexifembedded tag. Check out my SERP Volatility Monitor to keep track of any SERP changes due to Google Algorithm Updates.