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  • Resolved Bbozzo

    (@bbozzo)


    I have two big problems.

    1. I run a multisite setup. My Google previews show the name of the parent site ie parent/individual site. I thought SmartCrawl worked with multisites and would reduce the url to the individual site?

    2. Since the update to WordPress 5, something also appears to have gone wrong with my permalinks. While my settings are for post name, my Google previews now show /?p=xyz.

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  • I just noticed something else: in the Settings on my parent site, i set Nofollow to on.

    Yet when i go to my posts on a child site, even new ones i just created, the Advanced tab has Follow on!

    Are these settings working against each other, or is there something i’m missing?

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 6 months ago by Bbozzo.
    Plugin Support Kasia – WPMU DEV Support

    (@wpmudev-support2)

    Hello @bbozzo,

    I’m sorry for this issues with our plugin.

    I have now just tested SmartCrawl on Subdomain based Multisite WP 5.0 and I’m not able to replicate two first problems.
    This might be a result of a conflict with another plugin. Can you take a backup of your site and then try to deactivate all the other plugins except SmartCrawl and see if the issue is gone.
    If it’s gone stary activating plugins one after one till the problem is back.

    I was able to see the issue with the Follow option – and I will report it to the developers.

    kind regards,
    Kasia

    Plugin Support Kasia – WPMU DEV Support

    (@wpmudev-support2)

    Hello @bbozzo,

    I apologize, but I spoke too soon. I have tested one more time the nofollow option and when it is set on the Network level (not main site) it is applied to all new post.
    Please note that SmartCrawl needs to be in Sitewide mode (network level changes only) to override all the setting in subsites.

    kind regards,
    Kasia

    Thanks for your response, Kasia.

    I will investigate and report what i find.

    Hi Kasia

    I’ve looked at this on the site i originally noticed these things, and here’s what i found:

    1. I deactivated all plugins on the site except for two which were Network Active: Easy Updates Manager and WP Empire Builder. However the problem still remains. You mean that when you look at Google Preview on your test site, the url format there is child/postname?

    2. I think i found what the issue is here, and it was only coincidental that i noticed it with the WordPress upgrade. Draft or pending posts and pages are all given the /?p=xyz format in Google Preview. Once they’re published, though, it becomes /postname.

    3. When i look at SmartCrawl in the plugins panel, it shows as Network Active. I also recall setting it up for multisite when i first installed it. So this doesn’t appear to be relevant.

    I did a search for something on my site in Google, and it returned 3 results on the first page. These were for a tag, a page and post.

    The tag result was first and had the wrong url format ie parent/child tag. It was dated 27 November.

    The page and post results both had the right url format, with the post being dated at 6 November.

    I started using SmartCrawl around 19 November, so the 6 Nov post was before SmartCrawl (although maybe SmartCrawl still affected how it appeared), while the 27 Nov tag result with the wrong url format was after i started using SmartCrawl.

    Plugin Support Dimitris – WPMU DEV Support

    (@wpmudev-support6)

    Hello there @bbozzo

    1. I deactivated all plugins on the site except for two which were Network Active: Easy Updates Manager and WP Empire Builder. However the problem still remains. You mean that when you look at Google Preview on your test site, the url format there is child/postname?

    You mean the URL in the SmartCrawl metabox, correct?
    It seems to be working good in a testing site of mine:
    https://monosnap.com/file/RLNBDeAPw42SYG5UvHab98okpfHkO4
    In order to be 100% sure about a conflict though, you should also deactivate the 2 remaining plugins temporarily.

    I did a search for something on my site in Google, and it returned 3 results on the first page. These were for a tag, a page and post.

    The tag result was first and had the wrong url format ie parent/child tag. It was dated 27 November.

    The page and post results both had the right url format, with the post being dated at 6 November.

    I started using SmartCrawl around 19 November, so the 6 Nov post was before SmartCrawl (although maybe SmartCrawl still affected how it appeared), while the 27 Nov tag result with the wrong url format was after i started using SmartCrawl.

    Would it be possible to grab some screenshots for us so we can better understand this? If you don’t want to post these publicly, please let me know so I can provide an alternative way.

    Thank you,
    Dimitris

    Plugin Support Dimitris – WPMU DEV Support

    (@wpmudev-support6)

    Hello @bbozzo,

    we haven’t heard back from you for a while, so I’m marking this topic as resolved. Feel free to post back here any update and we can re-open it and carry on troubleshooting. 🙂

    Take care,
    Dimitris

    I had other priorites, so i didn’t respond earlier, but coincidentally i got your message shortly after deciding to write a reply!

    1. Given the metabox is the one that says Google Preview above it (as in your screenshot), then yes. Here’s my counterexample: https://imgur.com/gCfAxS4

    2. I deactivated all active plugins, including the two that were Network Active, and the result was the same – see previous image.

    3. I was able to do a search that was similar to the results i mentioned earlier: https://imgur.com/rBsua7D

    While most listings i come across on Google have the correct format, i also come across some that don’t.

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 5 months ago by Bbozzo.
    • This reply was modified 1 year, 5 months ago by Bbozzo.

    I also just found out that one of the Network Active plugins that i temporarily deactivated, WP Empire Builder, now doesn’t work properly.

    Thankfully Empire Builder now seems ok. It just required a reset.

    So i’ll be interested in your comments related to SmartCrawl. As i said, it seems to work fine most of the time, but i have come across cases on Google where it give parent/child address.

    Could this just be a historical problem? One that will resolve itself in a month or two?

    Plugin Support Kasia – WPMU DEV Support

    (@wpmudev-support2)

    Hello bbozzo,

    As i said, it seems to work fine most of the time, but i have come across cases on Google where it give parent/child address.

    That result here https://imgur.com/rBsua7D looks like old URL, this is a category URL from default WordPress setting for permalinks (Plain option). But I have checked sitemap generated by SmartCrawl and that category has there a proper “pretty” permalink.
    You might want to try to submit that sitemap to google https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/183668?hl=en

    kind regards,
    Kasia

    Thanks for the information, Kasia.

    Your suggestion sounds good. I’ll look into it.

    I’ve looked at this a little and am confused.

    I can only go to the SmartCrawl settings on my parent site. So i take it SC works off that for my child sites?

    Also, looking at the Dashboard again gives me messages that are cryptic. For example:

    1) “Recommendation The canonical link tag is being used on your site. Having said that, the preferred URL for search results points to https://www.vividvegan.bid/, which seems to be redundant.” That’s not a recommendation, it’s a statement that suggests something should be done, but doesn’t say what.

    2) “Consider improving: you may want to obscure this info. WordPress 4.9.8” Yet there’s no information about how this should be done. Even so, i found that in the Settings section there’s a setting to Hide Generator Meta Tag. I had that enabled, yet still received the advice to “Consider improving.”

    These are just two examples.

    But to get back to my specific issue, when i go to Sitemap, the top right of the screen tells me my Last Crawl was Never. Right next to that message, though, is a blue button that says, “New Crawl.” So i press that, but nothing happens.

    In Sitemap > Advanced, i have Automatically Update My Sitemap on, yet i still find a few links with the parent/child path in Google. However Auto-Notify search engines wasn’t on. Could that have caused the problem? (I’ve since turned it on.)

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 4 months ago by Bbozzo.
    • This reply was modified 1 year, 4 months ago by Bbozzo.
    Plugin Support Dimitris – WPMU DEV Support

    (@wpmudev-support6)

    Hello @bbozzo,

    hope you’re doing well today! 🙂

    2) “Consider improving: you may want to obscure this info. WordPress 4.9.8”

    Could you please share a screenshot with this message?

    I can only go to the SmartCrawl settings on my parent site. So i take it SC works off that for my child sites?

    This is actually something that you can control, check the below settings as can be found in network admin area under SmartCrawl -> Settings -> General Settings -> Site Owner Permissions:
    https://monosnap.com/file/g1P7jLqSs1QTEFNFf2d7Yv7mMeTcxj

    But to get back to my specific issue, when i go to Sitemap, the top right of the screen tells me my Last Crawl was Never. Right next to that message, though, is a blue button that says, “New Crawl.” So i press that, but nothing happens.

    The URL Crawler which can be used to dynamically update your sitemap is a feature of the Pro version of SmartCrawl, which requires an active WPMUDEV membership.

    In Sitemap > Advanced, i have Automatically Update My Sitemap on, yet i still find a few links with the parent/child path in Google. However Auto-Notify search engines wasn’t on. Could that have caused the problem? (I’ve since turned it on.)

    This can be indeed the problem, that’s why my colleague Kasia mentioned to you to re-submit the sitemap in Google manually. Let us know if this is still ongoing after this change.

    Warm regards,
    Dimitris

    Thank you very much for your reply, Dimitris. I hope you’re also doing well!

    For some reason i didn’t get notified of your reply by email, so only saw it now when i thought i’d have a look here.

    1) Screenshot of message: https://imgur.com/UzPKIvj

    2) Ok.

    3) Ok.

    4) I switched Auto-Notify search engines on last time i wrote and have gotten messages that SC has notified search engines. However i’m still able to find listings for the parent site in Google. In the search i just did, the first 2 listings were fine, the next 3 included the parent site: https://imgur.com/KdTxfvi (the last 3rd parent listing is cut off)

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