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.
Previously, Googlebot spotted all attachment pages and spend time crawling them even if there were redirecting to parent pages by my SEO plugin Rank math seo.
By default Yoast or Rank math seo redirect attachment pages to parent pages.
Googlebot spent precious time crawling my attachment pages. However, Nothing on my website had links to an attachment page. btw, I suspect that a past XML sitemap including these attachment URLs.
Anyways, I think it is a really bad idea to redirect them. The attachment page is not an equivalent of its parent page.
All SEO plugins got it wrong from this point of view.
So for sure, i could have installed Yoast and manually disabled the automated redirection of attachment pages and prevent Yoast to let bots index it.
However, the pages are still here. This means that Googlebot will likely spend time crawling these useless pages.
That’s why this plugin is so important. It returns a proper 404 which will send the best possible signal to Googlebot.
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.
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.
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