Yoast SEO Error – Your homepage cannot be indexed by search engines.

The new WordPress SEO plugin from Yoast version 3 may leave an error on your WordPress dashboard saying “Your homepage cannot be indexed by search engines. This is very bad for SEO and should be fixed.”

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This is an error in itself and your page should be fine, to remove the error find on the WP Dashboard itself (not the Yoast Settings) a Yoast SEO Overview panel, here just click on fetch the current status and the error will be resolved. If the error still persists then the issue is something else.

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This all seems to be the result of a collaboration between Yoast and OnPage.org – you now can opt out of this service which will stop any notifications for it, the checkbox to tick is in Yoast SEO Settings – General > On.Page.org

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4 Comments

  1. Mayapur Voice on January 23, 2016 at 9:02 am

    We got this same message today and did whatever is told (fetch again), we also don’t use wordfence, but the msg doesn’t go unless I disable Onpage.org option. The question is, is it only onpage.org which is unable to index the site or something else. If it’s only onpage.org then not a big issue i guess.

    • Neil Gowran on January 23, 2016 at 11:39 pm

      I would say the issue is with OnPage.org only – you can do a simple test to see your indexed pages by searching for site:yourdomain.com and see the pages

  2. Scott Hendison on December 3, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    For many people this “fetch current status” didn’t clear things up, and this thread at WordPress points out that the actual problem is being exacerbated Wordfence – https://wordpress.org/support/topic/yoast-seo-update-causing-issues-your-homepage-cannot-be-indexed-by-search-en?replies=13#post-7735045

    • Neil Gee on December 3, 2015 at 11:54 pm

      Thanks Scott, also in the latest Yoast SEO version you can now disable the OnPage service in the settings.

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