|Update: Yoast is still doing this in their latest version released after this article was published.|
Update: January 9th: Updated with Yoast comments
Yoast SEO is one of the most popular WordPress Plugins with over 5 million sites using their software. While Yoast provides a template to fill in the meta description field, it also generates a sitemap. Sitemaps are extremely important for Google to be able to see your site and be able to decide what it should index and what it shouldn’t index.
Yoast is essentially telling Google to not look at your sitemap. This makes it much harder for Google to find links on your site. This started around July 5th, 2018 and cost one of our clients tourslosangeles.com over 100,000 dollars. We made a free fix with our plugin Airtight Security so you can continue to use Yoast and Google can see your sitemap. Keep on reading!