How to disable or enable the author archives

Last update: 30 June, 2017

If you don’t see your user sitemap, you can enable the author archives and it should become visible.

If you’re running an author blog, the author archive will be exactly the same as your homepage. This is what’s called a duplicate content problem. If this is the case on your site, you can choose to either disable it (which makes it redirect to the homepage), or to add noindex, follow to it so it doesn’t show up in the search results. Note that links to archives might be still output by your theme and you would need to remove them separately.

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Log in to your WordPress website. When you’re logged in, you will be in your ‘Dashboard’. On the left-hand side, you will see a menu. In that menu, click on ‘SEO’.
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The ‘SEO’ settings will expand providing you additional options. Click on ‘Titles & Metas’. If you do not see this option, please enable advanced features.

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Menu with advanced settings disabled
Enable advanced features

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Click on the ‘Archives’ tab.
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Toggle the ‘Author archives’ switch to ‘Disabled/Enabled’.Yoast SEO Toggle Switch
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Click ‘Save Changes’.

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