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  • Plugin Support Pcosta88



    There are three issues. We have responded to each one below.

    A. Sitemaps
    Yoast outputs sitemaps here: Having two sitemaps is confusing for Google. To resolve this we would say to disable the Google Sitemap Generator plugin and use only Yoast’s sitemaps. When you do that you will need to go to your Google Search Console and delete all your sitemaps under your site: Doing so will not hurt the SEO of your site.

    Then submit the Yoast specific sitemaps. Use this guide: Though you may want to hold off. See C, below.

    B.Attachment Pages in Google
    This kind of url: is called an attachment page. These attachment pages are special kinds of pages created by WordPress when you upload an image. We are not sure why Google has indexed these attachment pages. However, we do see it redirects to the image itself.

    This is good as Google will eventually follow that redirect and drop the attachment page off of Google. Though, we have a special plugin called Purge that is designed to remove those pages faster. We suggest installing it: and then submit those sitemaps as described above.

    Note, you may see an increase in 404 errors in your Google Search Console, this is expected as that Purge plugin will output a special code on those attachment pages that tell Google deindex them. Eventually, those attachment pages will drop off of Google.

    We see your site is using http: You should be using https. This makes your site secure. We say this as Google has given sites which use https a slight rankings boost AND without out it users see a big warning that the site is insecure and may decide to navigate away. To get https you will need to install something called an SSL certificate. Yoast is unable to add this for you.

    However, you may be able to find a provider on the Yoast Partners that will perform a SSL installation for you: Typically though, we would recommend first contacting your hosting provider as they may have more specific recommendations as the type of SSL you have installed can be specific to the server configuration. Also, many hosting providers include free SSLs with their plans, so we would also advise checking to see whether that is an option on your hosting plan.

    Note, that if you do decide to move to https you will need to take some additional steps to get your site correct with Google:

    •1. Please claim and verify your https in Google. This guide explains more:
    •2. Resubmit your sitemaps under the new https version. This guide explains more:
    •3. Delete your sitemaps under your http version. Doing so will not hurt the SEO of your site.

    If I install this Yoast SEO: Search Index Purge plugin. Will it deindex all the pictures I currently have indexed in Google and lose all my picture index search traffic?

    It appears the Yoast SEO: Search Index Purge plugin isn’t working properly?

    Getting 404’s for this not 410, how can I remove it completely:

    This page is showing a 410, but shouldn’t it not show up at all?

    Plugin Support Md Mazedul Islam Khan


    Installing the Yoast SEO: Search Index Purge plugin will do the following two things:

    • Every attachment URL will return a 410 status code.
    • A static XML sitemap, containing all the attachment URLs on a given site will be created. The post modified date for each of those URLs is the activation date and time of the plugin.

    The XML sitemap with recent post modified date will make sure that Google spiders all those URLs again. The 410 status code will make sure Google takes them out of its search results in the fastest way possible.

    After six months the attachment URLs should be gone from the search results. You should then remove the search index purge plugin, and keep the redirect setting of the attachment URLs set to “Yes”.

    On the other hand, when you’ll visit the attachment page while the Yoast SEO: Search Index Purge plugin is active, you’ll see a 404 error page. However, you’ll see the 410 status code in the HTTP header response.

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