One SEO professional was concerned about pages that are noindexed, and whether or not they are considered when Google evaluates the quality of a website.
Firstly, John expressed that if someone is concerned about the quality of certain pages on the site, then this is something that is worth exploring to fix and repair, especially if you have so many low-quality pages.
If you have such bad pages, users may stumble across them and it becomes a recipe that leads people to just not come back to the site.
Alternatively, John mentioned that some people consider certain pages low-quality because they lack interesting content, such as category pages, but that’s not the case and is really more of a technical reason. There are also other factors that could influence the quality of pages.
Regarding core updates and noindexed pages, John said that Google doesn’t take these pages into account when it comes to evaluating a page’s quality.
The fact that Google focuses only on indexed pages forms the basis of all of Google’s quality updates and how they evaluate pages from a qualitative perspective.
This happens at approximately the 4:38 mark in the video.