Google is coming out with a new tag called “unavailable_after”

Google is coming out with a new tag called “unavailable_after” which will allow people to tell Google when a particular page will no longer be available for crawling.

For instance, if you have a special offer on your site that expires on a particular date, you might want to use the unavailable_after tag to let Google know when to stop indexing it. Or perhaps you write articles that are free for a particular amount of time, but then get moved to a paid-subscription area of your site. Unavailable_after is the tag for you! Pretty neat stuff!

  • That sounds interesting I’ll definitely check it out. Thanks for posting this. :-)

  • thanks for dropping by OPAL

  • I didn’t get it. If you writing a pages and they appear free for some period of time, the ‘unavailable after’ tag will only tell google not to crawl anymore. It does not ask google to unlist that page from the index.

    Also others who have linked to you will still be linking. So I wonder if it is really a solution for the problem you hinted.

    Google does not do anything ordinary. I must be wrong. But why am I ?

  • @wordpress advice

    honestly i dont know yet… hopefully it will work

  • humm, sounds interesting, I could probably use that tag on some stuff, but it probably wouldn’t be really useful, if you move something to a paid area of a website, as people will have to enter a password anyway, and google will stop indexing it after some time. But still it can be useful :)