Yoast is one of most popular SEO plugin used by WordPress users. Recently, Because of a Bug in Yost SEO plugin, Many users face Ranking Drop in Google Search.
In this post, we will find out how many bloggers search engine rankings were dropped due to Yost SEO bugs. And Learn How To Recover Lost Ranking because of Bug.
Actually, An update of Yoast SEO 7.0 came on 6th March 2018 and it has some bug that causes many bloggers ranking down.
This bug has not affected everyone. It affected some bloggers and few of them face 50% ranking drop. Search engine Journal also mentioned this bug. Not other blogs have mentioned about this, Joost de Valk (Founder of Yoast) also made an apology for this.
How To Recover Dropped Ranking Because of Yoast SEO Bug
After Update of Yoast 7.0, I saw a user had twitted that he lost his ranking from 1st position to 5th and then 6th position. Another user has tweeted that his site is disappeared from Google.
Yoast has instantly fixed this bug after that ranking is recovered for many bloggers. But few bloggers ranking is not recovered and this post is basically for those bloggers.
What was the Bug in Yoast SEO Plugin?
Whenever you upload an image on WordPress, It not only stores the image also create an attachment URL page for it. And this page does not have any content except the image.
According to Google Panda Algorithm, its come under thin content and Google Penalize those blogs who have a large amount of thin content.
And Yoast SEO redirects attachment URL to Page URL to fix this problem. By Default, this feature is enabled in Yoast SEO Plugin. But in Yoast SEO 7.0, This feature was missed and because of this many blogs were penalized by Google.
Method to Recover Dropped Ranking
Now its time to recover dropped ranking due to Yoast SEO Plugin. For This, We have to remove all attachment URL from Google. To do this, you have to follow below steps:
- First of all, you have to open Yoast SEO Plugin.
- Then open Search Appearance in Yoast SEO Plugin.
- Now Click on Media, And Enable the Media & Attachment URL Redirection
After Doing this, Google will start removing attachment URLs but it can take a long time to remove all URLs.
That mean’s recovering dropped ranking can take months. To Solving this problem Yoast developed a new plugin – Search Index Purge. This Plugin helps to remove attachment URLs out of Google’s index as fast as possible.
How will Search Index Purge Help?
Basically, This plugin makes all attachment URLs return an HTTP 410 status. Because of this, Google will soon remove these URLs.
After Installing this Plugin, Yoast SEO media Setting will look like this –
You have to keep this plugin install until all attachment URLs remove from Google Index.
If you don’t know whether your attachment URLs are index in Google or not. you can check it by searching in Google site:domain.com.
By Doing this you can recover dropped ranking due to Yoast SEO Plugin Bug as fast as possible. If you like the post Please share it to help others who lost their ranking because of Yoast SEO Plugin Bug.