Non-Indexed Pages Do Not Impact Crawl Budget
According to Google, there is no amount of non-indexed pages that can impact a website’s crawl budget. But what exactly does this mean? Setting a page as non-indexed is a way for content to be excluded from search engines. Google has stated that this feature does not adversely affect the accuracy of the crawl budget as a whole. The crawl budget will be able to filter out these non-indexed pages like spam, resulting in no concerns for SEO and website owners.
What is a Crawl Budget?
A crawl budget is the number of pages that Google will crawl on your site on any given day. This number typically remains stable overall. This feature helps dictate the maximum number of pages that a search engine can ‘crawl’ on a website. A crawl budget is not always relevant to a marketer or website owner, but here are a few common reasons why a crawl budget may be important to pay attention to.
- If you have a lot of redirects: Redirects are ways to send users from one URL to another. The overuse of them eats up your crawl budget.
- If you run a large site: Google has trouble finding all the pages if you run a large site that may have 11k or more pages.
- If you’ve recently added a lot of pages: A crawl budget may be useful if you have recently altered your site by adding an influx of new pages. This crawl budget will allow them to get indexed quickly.
The Power of the Noindex Tag
The Noindex tag is a tool that is used to support the exclusion of unwanted content when a site is indexed by search engines. This tag allows certain content to be excluded so those pages are not pulled for search results. With these pages being excluded from indexes, they are also excluded from the crawl budget.