After a really long time of absence in maintaining my own personal website, I decided to install wordpress blog to get my site back online quickly. Without going over the settings thoroughly, I was happy that my site was back online quickly. I started blogging and hoping my blog posts would have a good impact on search engine results. Unfortunately, my site disappeared from search engines completely!
If you recently installed wordpress and are wondering why your site is not on any search engines, the culprit is the privacy options in wordpress. By default – it is set to reject all search engines besides normal visitors by setting the robots meta tag to noindex, nofollow.
The good thing is that it’s really easy to fix this. Follow the instructions below and you’ll be on your way to wait for Google & other search engine bots to crawl your site again.
- Log into WordPress Administration Area (wp-admin)
- Go to Settings > Privacy
- Select: I would like my blog to be visible to everyone, including search engines (like Google, Sphere, Technorati) and archivers
- Save settings
I hope this helps.