[Resolved] SEO – Google indexing issue – Arhieve/category pages

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  • #947852
    Lars

    Hi,

    Google has started indexing category pages with pretty weird urls. I’ve linked an example below.

    Obviously, I don’t want a lot of those urls indexed in Google. I’m using SEO by Yoaast so I contacted them for support.

    They suggested that I:

    “1. Contact your theme developer as the theme is responsible for creating those pages and URLs. They may be able to provide some support for how to prevent them in the future.”

    Done. πŸ™‚ Do you have any suggestions on how to prevent creating these pages?

    Best regards
    Lars Hellestrae

    #948106
    Leo
    Staff
    Customer Support

    Hi there,

    What do you mean “pretty weird urls”?

    Are you referring to the category archive pages?

    Those are actually handled by WordPress itself and the links are handled by WordPress’ permalink settings:
    https://wordpress.org/support/article/using-permalinks/

    The URLs should be exactly the same if you are using a default WP twenty series themes.

    Am I missing something here?

    Let me know πŸ™‚

    #948333
    Lars

    Hi Leo,

    and thanks for your reply.

    But no – it’s not really the category pages (just looks like that). I have dedicated category pages for all my categories.

    These are just random new pages that are created out of nowhere. I understand that there is a category page for each category – but should new pages that are not related to any specific category just be created out of thin air?

    Best regards
    Lars

    #948404
    Leo
    Staff
    Customer Support

    Can you link me to one of those pages?

    The theme itself definitely generate any random pages for you.

    Let me know πŸ™‚

    #948757
    Lars
    #948999
    Leo
    Staff
    Customer Support

    Hmm the code is showing that it’s the page you assigned as the posts page under readings setting screen:
    https://wordpress.org/support/article/settings-reading-screen/

    It’s actually a page automatically generated by WordPress itself.

    #949510
    Lars

    I can say for certain that I would never come up with that url and enter it as my “posts page” in the reading section. πŸ™‚ And it’s not that (I’ve checked).

    But I understand that it’s not theme related so I’ll to try to find another solution to this.

    Thanks for checking and helping out.

    #949880
    Tom
    Lead Developer
    Lead Developer

    That looks like something generated by a plugin. Maybe a filtering plugin of some sort?

    #950074
    Lars

    Thanks Tom.

    A very good tip. I have FacetWP installed so that would probably be the chief suspect. Their support is off for 4th of July but will reach out to them next week.

    Thanks a lot for being so helpful!

    #950178
    Tom
    Lead Developer
    Lead Developer
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