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Request to Saylor Team: please REMOVE the "noindex" META tag from "Legacy" web pages to allow indexing by search engines

Hello Saylor team (@sean / @seanc , @jazinheira , @tanner , @Jeff_Davidson …),

I hope that you’re all doing well.

I’ve noticed that all the web pages in the “Legacy Courseware” web site - https://legacy.saylor.org/ - (both the home page and the web pages of the individual Legacy courses) all have the following META tag, in their HTML source code:

<meta name="robots" content="noindex">

That “noindex” META tag is preventing web search engines (like Google, Bing and others) from indexing those web pages, as documented, for example, in the following articles:

Block search indexing with ‘noindex’ - Search Console Help [ Google ]
https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/93710?hl=en

Which Robots Metatags Does Bing Support? - Bing Webmaster Tools
https://www.bing.com/webmaster/help/which-robots-metatags-does-bing-support-5198d240

May I humbly suggest and ask that you remove that “noindex” META tag from the web pages in the “Legacy Courseware” web site, so that those web pages become “findable” and searchable by people doing searches in Web search engines (Google, Bing…), please?

Thanks in advance :slight_smile:

HI @ricmarques - We purposefully added that in as an internal compromise. Some of us want to remove the legacy courses altogether because they are in bad shape and don’t want them tarnishing the image of the updated courses. Others want to keep them in hopes that universities or others with more resources will update them, and we point those orgs that way in some discussions. People still find them anyway!

Sorry to disappoint but they are just too degraded to put on full display IMO.

Hi @Jeff_Davidson,

Thank you very much for the quick and informative reply! :slight_smile:

I understand what you are saying, but please do NOT remove the Legacy courses web pages. They still have LOTS of incredibly useful and curated information and it would be a great shame if they would go away. I would prefer that they became indexed, even if that meant including the header that is now in the “Legacy Courseware” home page - https://legacy.saylor.org/ - in ALL the web pages of the “Legacy” courses. For clarity, I’m referring to the following header:

Legacy Courseware

Besides, I believe that indexing those Legacy Saylor web pages would increase the traffic (perhaps a lot!) to the maintained “Course Catalog” - https://learn.saylor.org - per people doing web searches for the names of courses that are in the “Legacy Courseware” web site (e,g: “Compilers”, “Real Analysis” …) and by finding about “Saylor” and about the maintained “Course Catalog” that way. That could also increase the attendance of the maintained courses in https://learn.saylor.org

Thanks again! :slight_smile:

We appreciate the advice and support!!

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