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  • Resolved oliviaprentice75

    (@oliviaprentice75)


    Hi,

    I recently migrated my website to WordPress and have started using the Yoast plugin. I know that Yoast produces an XML site map so I submitted this to Google search console, but I am getting the following issues

    1) Although the urls look correct (and now with https not http), the dates the files were last modified is before the date of my web migration.
    2) Many of the page urls don’t appear to have images, but I have images on nearly every page
    3) I am getting many strange 404 errors and think that google bots are still reading my old files in a previous sitemap and not finding them e.g.
    site/ukitcareers/files/images/IT_Jobs_London.jpg
    /?author=15
    4) I can’t see an ‘XML sitemaps’ link in my Yoast menu on my WordPress dashboard to change anything which is strange as all my online research suggests I should be able to see this.

    I am wondering if there is a problem with the sitemap that Yoast has produced? And I’m not sure why I can’t access the sitemap tool on my wordpress dashboard?

    Please could you advise?

    Many thanks,
    Olivia

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  • Plugin Support amboutwe

    (@amboutwe)

    1) Although the urls look correct (and now with https not http), the dates the files were last modified is before the date of my web migration.

    The last modified date is stored in the WordPress database. Depending on how the migration added content from the old site, it’s possible that the last modified date was migrated from the old site.

    2) Many of the page urls don’t appear to have images, but I have images on nearly every page

    By default, our plugin does not analyze content that is outside of the main content box of a page or post. Additionally, the image URLs must be on the WordPress site. So if you migrated content and the image URLs are still from the old site, they may not be recongnized.

    3) I am getting many strange 404 errors and think that google bots are still reading my old files in a previous sitemap and not finding them

    This is normal when migrating a site. Google will eventually drop content that returns a 404. However, if the content migrated to a different URL format, you’re best option is to add redirects from the old to new format.

    4) I can’t see an ‘XML sitemaps’ link in my Yoast menu on my WordPress dashboard to change anything which is strange as all my online research suggests I should be able to see this.

    The XML sitemap menu item was moved to a new location a while back. Any tutorials that mention this menu are not using the current process. This article will help you enable sitemaps (which is done by default) and provide more information on how to customize them.
    https://kb.yoast.com/kb/enable-xml-sitemaps-in-the-wordpress-seo-plugin/

    Plugin Support amboutwe

    (@amboutwe)

    This thread has been marked as resolved due to lack of activity.

    You’re always welcome to re-open this topic. Please read this post before opening a new request.

    Thanks for understanding!

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