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Noindex a post or page in WordPress, the easy way!

22 June 2020 | 18 Comments | Joost de Valk

Some posts and pages should not show up in search results. To make sure they don’t show up, you should tell search engines to exclude them. You do this with a meta robots noindex tag. Setting a page to noindex makes sure search engines never show it in their results. Here, we’ll explain how easy it …

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Noindex a post or page in WordPress, the easy way!

Yoast SEO & Ryte: Checking your site’s indexability

17 April 2020 | 28 Comments | Edwin Toonen

Your site needs to be up and running if you want to be found in search engines. If you aren’t blocking anything — deliberately or accidentally — search engine spiders can crawl and index it. You probably know that Yoast SEO has lots of options to determine what does and doesn’t need to be indexed, but …

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Yoast SEO & Ryte: Checking your site’s indexability


Help, I’ve accidentally noindexed a post. What to do?

It can happen to anyone: You’re working on your site, fiddling on some posts here and there, and hit update when you’re done. After a while, you check back on how a post is doing and, to your dismay, it disappeared completely from the search engines! It turns out you’ve accidentally set a post or …

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Help, I’ve accidentally noindexed a post. What to do?

WordPress robots.txt: Best-practice example for SEO

7 November 2019 | Jono Alderson

Your robots.txt file is a powerful tool when you’re working on a website’s SEO – but it should be handled with care. It allows you to deny search engines access to different files and folders, but often that’s not the best way to optimize your site. Here, we’ll explain how we think webmasters should use their …

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WordPress robots.txt: Best-practice example for SEO



Block your site’s search result pages

16 August 2018 | 7 Comments | Michiel Heijmans

Why should you block your internal search result pages for Google? Well, how would you feel if you are in need of an answer to your search query and end up on the internal search pages of a certain website? That’s one crappy experience. Google thinks so too. And prefers you not to have these internal search …

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Block your site’s search result pages

Media / attachment URL: what to do with them?

In our major Yoast SEO 7.0 update, there was a bug concerning attachment URLs. We quickly resolved the bug, but some people have suffered anyhow (because they updated before our patch). This post serves both as a warning and an apology. We want to ask all of you to check whether your settings for the …

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Media / attachment URL: what to do with them?