Dumb SEO Questions

(Entry was posted by JL Faverio on this post in the Dumb SEO Questions community on Facebook, Thursday, August 24, 2017).

Should I noindex the dozens of city specific pages a site has?

should I noindex the dozens of city specific pages a site has? or should I allow them to index, forcing me to write unique titles and descriptions for each page?

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  • Jim Munro: Hi JL Faverio, it is not a stupid question at all. Tim Capper is a Local expert who will have a more up-to-date opinion but here is mine. Maintain an area/region page only if you have a presence there or you service it. The questions should be, "Am I active in this area?", "Do I have an office in this region?", "Do I have name, address and phone details in this area and do I advertise these details elsewhere?" If any answer is "No", then you probably do not need the page. I would just 404 the superfluous pages. The unnecessary fluff is not useful to you and it might even have a negative impact.
  • JL Faverio: dang, I was afraid my question might have been too stupid... any help?
  • Alan Bleiweiss: I will add this to the strong info Jim provided. If you do serve a geo location but do not have a physical office there, you can still legitimately have pages devoted to that location. It is critical however, that you avoid spammy, junk tactics. You need strong, unique content that communicates how, where, and what you offer to that geo base. That can be supported by reviews from clients or customers in that geo area, and statistical data specific to that area relevant to your business. The problem I see most is repetitive, low value, junk content used to "trick" algorithms. And going too far in wanting to "rank for all the locations" in the extreme. So be careful, cautious, and focused on the highest quality/relevance combination.
  • Jason Mun: +1 what Jim Munro said. If the pages serve a purpose. Leave them and optimise them. They are duplicates of an existing landing page...block.

View original question in the Dumb SEO Questions community on Facebook, Thursday, August 24, 2017).

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