The Yoast SEO Plugin Update Has a Major Bug That Negatively Affected Search Rank.

Last Update: June 29, 2018

On May 30, 2018, Yoast founder Joost De Valk posted on his blog an apology for a major bug in the recent Yoast 7.0 and 7.2 update. This bug will negatively affect your site ranking with Google. You need to fix it.

I know many people in Wealthy Affiliate use this Yoast SEO plugin. If you have recently updated your Yoast SEO to version 7.0-7.2, you need to read his post to learn more about the bug and how to fix it.

Here is the link to Joost De Valk apology and detailed discussion of the bug: https://yoast.com/media-attachment-urls/.

This bug related to the attachment URL. This attachment URL is created by WordPress every time you upload a picture. The attachment URL normally redirects to the post itself because the attachment URL only contain the picture with no content. The URL redirect serves as a way to improve your site SEO.

The bug in new Yoast update turns off the attachment URL redirect. As the result, it increases the number of superfluous URLs generated by the WordPress website. This increase will negatively affect your site rank as Google detecting abnormality with your website. Many websites have been affected by this bug which promoted Yoast founder to issue a step-by-step guide to fix it.

It is important that you check your Yoast SEO setting, according to Mr. Valk post, to insure the proper redirect of the attachment URL. If you do nothing, your site rank and traffic will drop substantially. If any of you notice a big drop in traffic recently, this might be the cause.

This fix is very simple, all you have to do is log into your website, go to Yoast SEO setting under Search Appearance, then click on the Media tab, the setting for the attachment URL should be “Yes,” not “No”. You should read Mr. Valk’s post for further detail. Good Luck.

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AnnaSweden Premium
Very informative post!
I have one question regarding Yoast, hope you don't mind. Is it neccessary to have the pro-version?
I'm thinking of installing Yoast, but the free version seems so "thin".. So I thought I might just stick with All-In-One SEO.
What's your opinion?
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OnlineBzDog Premium
This is more of a personal preference. Yoast was designed for people that like everything preset, while all in 1 give you more control to decide what you want.

I like all in one because I do not trust the pre-set feature. Also, I only use the free version because for me the premium for either plug does not add any more value to my site SEO.

The only additional value you got from Yoast premium is the multi keywods focus which for me has no value since I know and want to control the keyword density. However, some people love this feature.

Like anything, a premium plugin will not get you top rank, it just make the SEO process easier to manage which to me the free version already offered this.
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Shweta10mg Premium
yes I did the quick fix to see that it was in default Yes settings as related to media.

I also unticked the box stating site map for yoast and selected the google xml sitemaps by Andre, instead through the plugin store.

When I checked this morning, I was informed that my sitemap showed as a 404 error. Apparently my few but well written articles wont get ranked if I just was ignorant and blissful as I was.

So I immediately corrected the issue. I didn't know that there was a bug related. All I saw as a prompt was If I used google xml site maps and Yoast sitemaps concurrently, then I run the risk of being negatively ranked or not ranked at all for good cornerstone content.
Surely, that is unwise if I had left it and its good that its so immediate, the way corrections can be made.

Happy tidings to writing atleast today:)
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RAFStuart Premium
Thanks for this, but have not added this plug in.
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ValerieJoy Premium
Thanks very much for this information. I've made the amendment to my websites and am interested to see if it has a positive effect.
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QAVAVO Premium
So have to be aware of the bugs, thanks
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bpais1 Premium
I started noticing a steady drop back in December, 2017. And, at that time, I redirected the attachment URLs. But, the drop continued even though I add an average of 8 to 12 quality posts monthly.

Google must be spanking me hard because when I looked at my Google Search Console - Remove URLs - I had almost 250 attachment URLs being included in my Yoast SEO sitemap.

Enter the Yoast SEO: Search Index Purge plugin - which is supposed to clean up my sitemap by removing all the attachment URLs over about 6 months.

Hopefully, Google will soon start to love me again!

It's tough to do so much hard work on my website and still get a "Google smack" for no real reason.

Not real happy with the Yoast SEO folks at this point!

Jim
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OnlineBzDog Premium
You should contact Yoast to see if they can help. I think they can do something for you.
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DonnaTate1 Premium
Thank you for letting us know.
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OnlineBzDog Premium
Welcome
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ThatGuyDev Premium
Good post, thank you for sharing. I use Yoast on a couple of my blogs.
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ElaineSmith1 Premium
Thanks for the heads up!!

Tried and True

Elaine
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RobertDoyle Premium
I am not sure if I have this plugin. How did I know and check on this?
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OnlineBzDog Premium
You can check by log into your website and in the Dashboard, you will see SEO plugin. There only two: All In One SEO or Yoast SEO.
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RobertDoyle Premium
Thanks.
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Kettei Premium
Thanks for the warning. Fortunately (by coincidence) mine was already turned on. :)
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OnlineBzDog Premium
Good for you...
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Sally73 Premium
Thanks for the info
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nudge1969 Premium
Thanks TQ.
Interesting also that you have to fix it manually. There is a reason for this though as Mr. Valk points out.
'The bug was simple yet very painful: when you updated from an earlier version of Yoast SEO to Yoast SEO 7.0-7.0.2 (specifically those versions), we would not always correctly convert the setting you had for the old setting into the new one. We accidentally set the setting to ‘no’. Because we overwrote the old settings during the update, we could not revert this bug later on.'
So new updates will not fix this either.
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OnlineBzDog Premium
Yes, this is why he has to go online and issued an apology. I heard some big companies got hit hard with this one.
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ColleenF1 Premium
Thank you!
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Kickbacked Premium
Thanks for the Yoast update!

Tim
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OnlineBzDog Premium
Sure..
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GeoffGS Premium
Lol. Why is he telling us to fix his plugin? Ahhhh. These guys. Maybe I'll switch to a new one I was being told about. I'll have to ask again the name of it.
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OnlineBzDog Premium
I know..lol
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Prinz Premium
Oh, dear! This biz isn't easy. I use Yoast but I'm not sure whether it is due to this update that I experienced a dip in traffic (approximately 40% decrease). I'll attempt to fix this now. Thanks a lot for the heads-up.
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OnlineBzDog Premium
You are welcome. Good luck.
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Freefly Premium
Yoast have also created a new plugin to deal with this in Google...check out their site in the link above.
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OnlineBzDog Premium
Yes, they did. Thx
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Loes Premium
I will share your blog
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OnlineBzDog Premium
Thank you..
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Loes Premium
I don't use Yoast, but I know a lot here do, I checked your followers, 868, I have a broader reach with 10K;)
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OnlineBzDog Premium
Good idea, Loes. Thx
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