How to Exclude Author Pages From Sitemap

Last update: 30 January, 2017
Excluding an author page does not remove the author’s pages or posts in other sitemaps.

Our plugin creates a sitemap that lists the author pages. You can disable this sitemap, exclude users by their role or exclude an individual user.

Author Sitemap Example

Disable Author Sitemap

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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 ‘XML Sitemaps’.

If you do not see this option, please enable advanced features.

Yoast SEO > XML Sitemaps

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Click on the user sitemap tab.

If you do not see this option, you have your author archive disabled and it won’t be available in your sitemap settings. You can enable and disable the author archive.

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Change the slider to ‘ Not in sitemap’.
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Click ‘Save Changes’.

Exclude Users By Role

1
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’.
2
The ‘SEO’ settings will expand providing you additional options. Click on ‘XML Sitemaps’.

If you do not see this option, please enable advanced features.

Yoast SEO > XML Sitemaps

3
Click on the user sitemap tab.

If you do not see this option, you have your author archive disabled and it won’t be available in your sitemap settings. You can enable and disable the author archive.

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Check the roles you do NOT want to include in the sitemap.
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Click ‘Save Changes’.

Exclude Individual Author

1
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 ‘Users’.

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Click ‘edit’ for the user you want to exclude.
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Scroll to the ‘Yoast SEO settings’ and check the ‘Exclude user from Author-sitemap’ box.
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Click ‘Update User’.

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