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Attracta and Yoast SEO (10 posts)

  1. billrodgers2013
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    First up - Yoast SEO is brilliant - I love it!

    My CPanel came with Attracta SEO and I noticed it modified the robots.txt file. The Yoast SEO sitemap has been submitted through Google WebMaster Tools.

    The question I have is: with the modified robots.txt file does this mean any Robot will be redirected to the Attracta sitemap or will my Yoast SEO sitemap still work as well?

    Thanks!

    https://wordpress.org/plugins/wordpress-seo/

  2. howdeck
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Good question, I just encountered this as well. Have you found any answers?

  3. jrf
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    You should never use two different sitemap plugins at the same time. This *will* cause issues. Either turn off Attracta or turn off the sitemap feature of WPSEO.

  4. howdeck
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Any tips on how to turn off Attracta? It came with my Hostgator hosting from what I can tell. I see something with Attracta in it in my robots.txt file when I clikc 'edit files' in Yoast settings, but it says 'do not remove'.

  5. jrf
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Ask your host.

  6. howdeck
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    They said they cannot help me. Think it would be safe to delete this from my robots.txt file? It's the only thing in there:

    sitemap: http://cdn.attracta.com/sitemap/905987.xml.gz

    #Begin Attracta SEO Tools Sitemap. Do not remove
    sitemap: http://cdn.attracta.com/sitemap/1415101.xml.gz
    #End Attracta SEO Tools Sitemap. Do not remove

  7. jrf
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Ia m not familiar with Attracta, so can not advise you about it.

  8. billrodgers2013
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    You can remove those lines but if you use Attracta again it will rewrite them.
    I'm not sure if Attracta does an automatic scan that will add them.

    I don;t think it will do any harm at all leaving those lines. I have sitemaps in Google Webmaster tools in addition to the Attracta one and they are shown as crawled and indexed regularly. In addition, posts I make (I just made one) show Google being pinged straight after and visited the WordPress SEO sitemap.

  9. howdeck
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Thanks for the feedback. I have closed my free account with Attracta, which I assume means they will not re-submit a sitemap and rewrite those lines in the robots.txt file. If I delete the lines, do I need to replace with something else, or is it ok to have an empty robots.txt file?

    Thanks in advance for any help, folks!

  10. billrodgers2013
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    The usual for WordPress as a start is:

    User-agent: *
    Disallow: /wp-admin/
    Disallow: /wp-includes/

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