When I see meta tags in my blog’s header, I see four tags, the two are known to me ‘index’ and ‘follow’ but what the other two tags ‘noodp‘ and ‘noydir‘ are used for, I always wondered about these tags. Today I got to know the meaning and use of these two tags.

Meta Tags

What is ‘NOODP’ meta tag?

If you have a DMOZ account, Google may sometimes use title and description from the open directory project (DMOZ) as a meta description and page title for your page in search results. NOODP tag allows you to opt out of this trouble. If you will use NOODP as a meta tag in your page, Google will override the open directory project description and title and will show the description and title of your page.

Whats the problem in showing the open directory project description and title?

The information at DMOZ may be outdated or irrelevant and will affect your search engine ranking so its preferred to use these tags to save yourself from this trouble.

What is NOYDIR meta tag?

It is all the Same as above, with the difference of Yahoo Directory. To prevent search engines from displaying your Yahoo Directories description and title ‘NOYDIR’ meta tag is used. Reason for using meta tag is same as above.

How to use ‘NOODP’ AND ‘NOYDIR’ meta tags?

Add this line to your page header:

<meta name=”robots” content=”NOODP,NOYDIR” />

Or if you are using WordPress, select the plugin’s option to show these two meta tags.

Any query or doubt, feel free to ask in comments.

  • This is really set of new tag for me. I dint hear about this before. Thanks for sharing dude.

  • Didn't know about this.

    Thanks for the info.

  • This is definitely good to know, I had somebody ask me about DMOZ/etc, and I have NEVER come across a NOODP or NOYDIR. I have a hard enough time trying to get sites in DMOZ as it is, has happened only once hehe; so obviously this hasn’t been a problem for ME yet, but I’m sure I’ll come across it sooner or later so your info is appreciated :) Thanks,

  • Thank you for sharing these obscure meta tags. Also you cleared up a mystery in regard to one site I am working on, and that is where was Google grabbing the description snippet from. It has been so many years since I was last got a site into DMOZ.org that I totally overlooked them.

  • funtaztic

    Thank you for explaining this NOODP and NOYDIR.
    I am newbie and your simple post helped me to understand easily. And you mentioned that you used 4 meta tags and means safe to be used.

  • Is there any side affects of this two tags NOODP and NOYDIR? I mean to say my blog is new and fresh ..by adding these two meta tag with INDEX AND FOLLOW. is there any negative effect ?

  • This answer is ok but can you give the description with details code for noodp and noydir