Is it okay to index maybe a handful, or 10 or 15 internal search results pages?

We have a very, very flat, simple category structure, like 10 to 15 categories, and we have a lot of user-generated content. So we don’t want to give them a lot of categories and tags that they can choose and create all these random useless pages. But what we’ve noticed from our internal search, there’s a few very specific queries that get searched all the time.

Webmaster Guru Asked on October 25, 2016 in Indexing.
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JOHN MEULLER (Webmaster Analyst from Google):

You could do that. So from our point of view, there are two things that we like to watch out for with search results pages. On the one hand, if it’s completely open, then we will just crawl your server until never finished, essentially. So if you can limit that, that’s a good idea. The other thing is, a lot of times these internal search results pages aren’t really that useful to show in search. So if someone’s searching for a topic and they land on that internal search results page– and often that’s not really a good experience– but if you can limit that to search pages that are useful, then that might be an option. So if you really know these are good search results pages– and, essentially, they’re kind of like a category page than that would be something that you might want to actually let it be indexed.

Webmaster Guru Answered on October 25, 2016.
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