Sitemap is a file where you can list all the links available in the pages of your website. The sitemap presents the complete information about the structure of your website to the search engines. Search engine’s web crawlers like Google Bots read this file to crawl more intelligently into your webpages. In simple words sitemaps exists to tell search engines to crawl or index your site. Having a sitemap do not guarantee that all your pages will be indexed however it is a major advantage in terms of SEO to have sitemap. You can also read article on Importance of XML Sitemaps in WordPress. When you install multiple plugins like Yoast SEO Sitemap and Google XML Sitemap, there might be conflict with sitemaps. So this article shows how to fix conflict between Yoast SEO Sitemap and Google XML Sitemap plugins.
Fix Conflict Between Yoast SEO Sitemap and Google XML Sitemap
WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin is the best and most complete SEO Plugin for WordPress. With more than a million downloads, it is obviously a popular choice for improving WordPress SEO. You can write SEO friendly blog posts with this plugin. For guidance in writing blog posts check out our guide on Writing Blog Post With WordPress Yoast SEO plugin. We also have a installation guide on installing SEO plugin by Yoast in the article “Install and Setup WordPress SEO plugin by Yoast”.
Google XML sitemap is specially designed to make special XML sitemap. Despite of the name Google in it is readable not only by Google but also by various search engines like Bing and Yahoo. Google XML sitemap provides a complete index of your site and generates quality sitemaps. You can know more about this plugin in our article ”Create XML Sitemaps using Google XML Sitemaps Plugin”.
The conflict of Yoast SEO sitemap and Google XML sitemap
When you install the Yoast SEO plugin, you have given complete SEO control of your site to it. Yoast SEO is a powerful plugin which controls every part of your website that can be seen by search engines like Google. With the installation of Yeast SEO plugin, the Yoast SEO sitemap is automatically switched on by default. There is no notification about this until you go and look at XML settings. So even if you haven’t enabled the Yoast sitemap it will be turned on unless you turn it off manually.
Now if you decide to install any other sitemaps plugin like (Google XML sitemap) while you already have WordPress SEO by Yoast installed and vice versa you may get an error message which looks something like this.
The following plugins might cause (xml sitemaps) issues with Yoast WordPress SEO: Google XML Sitemaps.
The error message is the result of two sitemap Plugins working together. In recent versions of the plugin you may not get the error message. Even if the error message is not shown, the problem of double sitemap will still exist.
Fixing the conflict of Yoast SEO sitemap and Google XML sitemap
Ignoring the Yoast plugins warning is surely not the solution. Since there are two versions of sitemap being sent to the Search engine, this adversely affects the SEO of your website. This gives a message to the search engines that your website is poorly managed.
If you want to use Yoast SEO plugin for generating sitemaps, then disabling any other sitemap plugins will solve your problem. But if you wish to limit Yoast’s SEO plugin to do the SEO work only and use Google XML sitemap to generate sitemaps then, you have to disable the XML sitemap from the Yoast’s SEO plugin. Follow these step by step explanation to disable XML sitemap from Yoast SEO plugin.
Step 1. Login to our Dashboard. If you have activated WordPress SEO by Yoast, you will have new SEO menu in the Dashboard icon.
Step 2. Go to SEO > XML Sitemaps. This opens XML Sitemap page
Step 3. In the XML sitemap setting page you’ll see XML Sitemap functionality enabled by default.
Step 4. You should disable the XML sitemap functionality and save the changes.
Now you can use any other sitemap plugins like Google XML sitemap along with Yoast SEO plugin without any conflict.
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