I'm reading this, and it says that you can add NOINDEX,NOFOLLOW directives using page handles on files like local.xml. What I want to do is to include these directives for a certain selected set of category pages.

It also says you can do this in general under layout updates in CMS pages. I'm assuming the counter part in categories is the custom layout update under Catalog > Categories > Custom Design tab. So, I'm thinking I can put the following in the categories I selected.

<reference name="head">
   <action method="setRobots"><value>NOINDEX,FOLLOW</value></action>

Is this correct for what I want to do?

I also see an option called Page Layout under which there are options like No layout updates, 1 column, etc.. Does this need to be modified as well?

It looks like this works, but I want to confirm.

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Basically that's it.

I do something similar to change the type of banner rotator on some special category pages and the entries look like this.

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  • Thanks! Yeah, it seems to be working when I look at the source code on the pages.
    – laketuna
    Commented Apr 30, 2014 at 14:25

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