Support » Plugin: Yoast SEO » Woocommerce Shop Page noindex and Sitemap read as Html

  • Resolved vero2


    Google Search Console is not indexing the shop page (in both languages) and throws a soft 404 error on Page Fetch ( —-

    I also get>
    —> “Your Sitemap appears to be an HTML page. Please use a supported sitemap format instead. Line: 2”
    —> Crawl allowed / Page fetch Failed: Soft 404 / Indexing allowed? N/A —
    User-declared canonical N/A — Google-selected canonical N/A

    I´ve submitted the correct SITEMAP xml version “sitemap_index.xml” and checked that ROBOTS are not blocking anything but the thank you page>
    User-agent: *
    Disallow: /wp-admin/
    Disallow: /gracias-suscr/
    Disallow: /en/thanks-suscr/

    Reading other support posts I´ve already checked:
    – Wp> Settings> reading> allow website to index..
    – Shop Page meta box> Advanced> Allow Search Engines to index the site (Advanced meta robots: none)
    – Robots.txt> no blocks
    – Sitemap> both pages appear on “page-sitemap.xml”

    Can you help me please?

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  • Plugin Support Jerlyn


    We checked the two pages but could not find anything wrong. Usually, soft 404s are thrown to pages that don’t have much if any, content. If this is not the case on both pages, please try to re-submit your sitemap and use Fetch as Googlebot.

    Thread Starter vero2


    Hello, thank you for your reply.
    The pages are the shop pages, so they do have content.
    After insisting many times on having the pages indexed and re-submiting the sitemap in google console (it kept on throwing errors once and again), they finally appear to be ok.

    I see other thing which is “confusing”. There are excluded URLs in robots.txt:

    Disallow: /gracias-suscr/
    Disallow: /en/thanks-suscr

    From other side, these URLs are included into page-sitemap.xml. I think that you should set noindex for these pages (it will remove them from sitemap) to avoid new troubles.

    It’s similar case with pages my-account, checkout (pay) and cart (WooCommerce by default set them noindex). More details –

    These inconsistencies could produce errors in GSC.

    Thread Starter vero2


    Oh, thank you very much!
    I´ve set all those pages as “noindex” now, let´s see how it works for GSC.

    Plugin Support amboutwe


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    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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