Exclude Specific Category Names from Indexing

Category names that are excluded are not indexed as keywords for the product and are not included in search phrase suggestions. This is useful for combination categories that have subcategories with distinct products. For example, if your storefront has a kitchen and bath category and the customer searches for kitchen, you do not want bath items to be included in the search result because of the kitchen and bath category name that is inherited by all products in that catalog tree.

However, don't exclude categories if they contain products that are not assigned to subcategories or additional categories that can be indexed. There might also be combination categories that you don't want to exclude, such as headphones and earbuds, where you want related products to appear. For example, if a customer searches for headphones, you might want lower-cost earbuds to also appear in the search.

  1. Select site > Merchant Tools > Search > Category Name Exclusions.
    A message appears on this page indicating if the site is configured for regional locales to inherit the linguistic rules defined for their language locale. You can change the setting on the Search Preferences page.
  2. Set the Locale field to the merchant country location, or to the language locale if Dictionary Locale Fallback is enabled.
  3. Ensure that the category name was not already added by entering the name in the Keyword field and clicking Find.
  4. In the New Group field, enter the name of the category to exclude.
    It isn't necessary to surround a phrase in quotes. Multiple category names must be separated by commas. For example, Kitchen & Bath, Watches and Jewelry, Headphones & Earbuds.
  5. Click Apply.
  6. Select site > Merchant Tools > Search > Search Indexes.
  7. Select the Product Index, and click Rebuild.