Well, it’s official now. Google is sending out reminders to webmasters that they need to stop relying on noindex in their robots.txt file. Google will be removing support for the noindex directive altogether and is notifying many within the SEO community.
The notification itself comes in the form of a message in Google Search Console with a subject line reading, “Remove ‘noindex’ statements from the robots.txt of…” The body of the message goes on to say that Google never officially supported the rule, and that it will cease to function on September 1, 2019. It then directs the reader to the help centre for information on how to remove it.
Google announced the cut-off date of September 1 more than a month ago and is now working to ensure that the news spreads by sending out these reminders.