Also, the majority of the pages do not even have any keyword volume as a product. Additionally, about 15-20% of the products attributes to the majority of the sales we have, meaning the 80% is more like placeholders or being there just in case somebody would actually want to buy the product when found from the shop (not necessarily from Google search)
We are thinking to do a noindex nofollow for the low/no keyword volume and no-sales product pages. We think that this would save our crawl budget and prioritize the 15% of the products only to be crawled, rendered and indexed, leaving the rest as unidentifiable for Googlebot.
Do you think this would be a good idea to do? What would be the disadvantages of this tactic?
If you have Google Analytics set up, Google already knows what your most trafficked pages are. Google is likely going to crawl those pages first.
It all speculation until you test, but my guess if that you don’t need to no index those low volume pages. Google is probably deprioritizing them anyway.