Support » Plugin: Yoast SEO » Index Status Dropping in Webmaster Tools. Permalink settings issue?

  • WordPress version: 3.5.1.
    WordPress SEO version: 1.4.4.

    I did this: checked boxes for: Redirect attachment URL’s to parent post URL.
    and: Remove the ?replytocom variables.

    I expected the plugin to do this: help index status in google webmaster tools

    Instead it did this: dropped index status from 1,574 to 1,042 from Feb 24th-March 17th.

    My main question is, by redirecting and removing variables, would this cause a drop like this, and would that be positive vs. negative if it was de-indexing duplicate pages?

    This is the only change I’ve made to my SEO settings in awhile and then this happened.

    I have no idea if a Panda update also affected or if my disabling then re-enabling all my plugins last week after my site broke might have caused the issue?

    I follow best practices and avoid duplicate content, so this is concerning me. My pages have been steadily indexing until now.

    As far URLS submitted, it looks better, as I have 173 indexed out of 183.

    Also, my blog hit the one year mark last week, so I have idea if google cleans house in some form or fashion.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.



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  • So nobody else is having this issue? I’m hoping it’s a positive vs a negative with the selections I made, but would love some guidance given my confusion.

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