Wordpress Post Pagination: How to Stop Page 2+ Indexing?

by Colin P   Last Updated April 16, 2018 00:04 AM

I made a change recently to my wordpress.org blog to make it so that every post is broken up into two pages, an introduction paragraph and then the rest of the post after a nextpage page break. I did this to prevent the high bounce rate my site was experiencing, which was close to 100%.

Unfortunately, google appears to be indexing page 2 separately. If you search for something that only appears on page 2, the search result will link you to page 2. This actually makes it so my attempt to reduce a high bounce rate is circumvented, as they move straight to page 2 and will not click to read the rest. Additionally, they miss the introduction, which is also less than ideal.

I would prefer that the page 2 results show up in search engines with the page one URL.

Example: I would like "www.blogsite.com/2018/04/15/blog-post/2/" to show up in google search as "www.blogsite.com/2018/04/15/blog-post/" no matter which page contains the search query.

I would like to set it up to do this automatically if possible. Is there a way to fix this?

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