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(Entry was posted by Tony McCreath on this post in the Dumb SEO Questions community on Facebook, Friday, August 22, 2014).

Should a Privacy Policy be noindexed?

Should a Privacy Policy and Terms & Conditions be noindexed?

These may be used as quality signals so would noindexing them remove that signal??

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  • Tony McCreath: Should a Privacy Policy and Terms & Conditions be noindexed?

    These may be used as quality signals so would noindexing them remove that signal?
  • Martino Mosna: I wouldn't bother about that.
  • Rahul Chauhan: there is no need to add noindex to them, all you have to do is just make sure that these are not copied.
  • Jon Tromans: I leave them as normal but I can't see it hurting or helping if they got noinexed. I highly doubt it would make much difference.
  • Tony McCreath: I tend to noindex as they have no value in the search results so only dilute a websites content with off topic info. But then I think Google  ;is clever enough to categoise these sorts of pages.
  • Martino Mosna: only duplicates truly needs a noindex. Privacy or legal pages are not an issue.
  • Martino Mosna: on the other hand: what if some lawyer finds out that you removed your privacy statement from search engine results? Hiding privacy & legal, albeit from search results only, is not a good idea form this point of view.
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  • Tony McCreath: I like the idea of making them interesting.

    The no indexing was based on a concern that small websites with only a few pages would get their subject matter diluted with the off topic babble that these site wide linked pages have.

    I think Google classifies these pages well so my conclusion is to forget the noindex and trust Google (and other search engines).

    Maybe there should be a type for these web pages?
  • Jon Tromans: Thinking about it a bit more it wouldn't hurt to treat them like shopping checkout pages which I usually noindex...

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