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    <p class=””>It returned a 404 error code just like I wanted so that googlebot does not see a single attachment page.I am convinced that from a SEO point of view, this plugin can be VITAL.</p>
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    <p class=””>Previously, Googlebot spotted all attachment pages and spent time crawling them even if there were redirecting to parent pages by my SEO plugin Rank math seo & Yoast.</p>
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    <p class=””>By default Yoast or Rank math seo redirect attachment pages to parent pages. Sometimes it redirects attachment pages to the image url itself.</p>
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    <p class=””>However, Nothing on my website had links to an attachment page. btw, I suspect that in the past a XML sitemap listed these attachment URLs so that googlebot spotted them.Anyways, I think it is a really bad idea to redirect them. The attachment page is not an equivalent of its parent page. I am sure it can trigger a Google’s Cloaking penalty.</p>
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    <p class=””>All SEO plugins got it wrong from this point of view. They should create a 404 when webmasters want attachment pages to be disabled.So for sure, i could have installed Yoast and activate it but opt for the option to hide it in search appearances. It would have added a noindex.This means that in this case, the pages would have been still there. This means that Googlebot would likely spend time crawling these useless pages. I have more than 100 of them.That’s why this plugin is so important. It returns a proper 404 which will send the best possible signal to Googlebot.</p>
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    <p class=””>I also don’t trust SEO plugins. In the past, Yoast changed the settings of attachment pages during an update (Yoast 7.0). I don’t know if you heard of it but millions of attachment pages have been indexed because of this update. Since that time, I don’t trust SEO plugins anymore.</p>
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    <p class=””>In the past, I had this issue, I redirected attachment pages and my website was penalized by google. By returning a 404 , I avoid any Google penalty. That’s why this plugin is vital.</p>
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