If a node has a term reference to a specific term (say termid 123) I want to add this META tag to prevent search engine spiders from indexing the page:

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

Is hook_page_build() the right hook for this?


I think you definitely could use hook_page_build() (it would work), but since that hook is really intended for use with page.tpl.php, and meta tags are outputted in html.tpl.php, I think it might not be the 'Drupal' way.

Another option might be to use hook_html_head_alter(), which allows you to alter the <head> tags before they're rendered:

function MYMODULE_html_head_alter(&$head_elements) {
  if ($node = menu_get_object()) {
    $tid = function_to_get_term_id();
    $related_tids = field_get_items('node', $node, 'field_FIELD_NAME');

    if (!empty($related_tids) && $related_tids[0]['tid'] == $tid) {
      $head_elements['MYMODULE_meta_robots'] = array(
        '#tag' => 'meta',
        '#type' => 'html_tag',
        '#attributes' => array(
          'name' => 'robots',
          'content' => 'noindex'

You might also want to look at adding rel="nofollow" attributes on the links to those node in teaser displays, it might help speed up the process a bit.

  • thanks Clive, that's awesome! I like the rel="nofollow" ideas as well!!! – uwe May 10 '12 at 18:10

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