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(Entry was posted by Melissa Klaver on this post in the Dumb SEO Questions community on Facebook, Thursday, November 7, 2013).

Wordpress, Yoast and canonical links.

Hello again! Please bear with me as I learn WP! I`m so grateful for everyone`s feedback, and I have yet another question:

I asked about SEO plugins the other day for WP, and Yoast was the hands-down winner. I installed this to my client`s website and it seemed to input a canonical tag so the blog link goes back to the home page! I searched forums and support to no avail, so I decided to deactivate and delete the plugin hoping this would remove the canonical and fix the problem. It hasn`t. 

When I look at the page source code I can no longer see the canonical (it was located in the block of Yoast SEO data), but the link still goes back to the home page. Ugh! 

Can someone please advise? I would also like to know how this happened, as I didn`t implement it myself. 

Thanks in advance, and eagerly looking forward to your responses! 

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  • Melissa Klaver: Hello again! Please bear with me as I learn WP! I'm so grateful for everyone's feedback, and I have yet another question:

    I asked about SEO plugins the other day for WP, and Yoast was the hands-down winner. I installed this to my client's website and it seemed to input a canonical tag so the blog link goes back to the home page! I searched forums and support to no avail, so I decided to deactivate and delete the plugin hoping this would remove the canonical and fix the problem. It hasn't. ;

    When I look at the page source code I can no longer see the canonical (it was located in the block of Yoast SEO data), but the link still goes back to the home page. Ugh! ;

    Can someone please advise? I would also like to know how this happened, as I didn't implement it myself. ;

    Thanks in advance, and eagerly looking forward to your responses! ;
  • Phil Buckley: Can you share the URL?

    The +Yoast plugin was't the culprit for that problem.
  • Reginald Chan: Hmm..by default, Yoast SEO has canonical but it doesn't redirect to homepage. Hmm. I know it sounds stupid but you did clear the cache etc right?

    Just like what Phil said, I think best if you can provide the URL. I don't think is yoast. I had the same problem in the past and it was due to W3TC pro (fragment cache enabled).
  • Melissa Klaver: I did clear the cache...
    The fix turned out to be simple (I changed the front page from static to posts)...but before I deleted Yoast the canonical was within the block of code generated by the plugin. That's why I was so confused. ;
    Here's the URL anyway, I'd love any feedback whatsoever. I'm in the process of gaining full admin of the site.

    As always, I appreciate such quick and helpful responses, this is such a great community!
  • Reginald Chan: Glad you figured that out!
  • Melissa Klaver: Lol, thanks,  ;! I still don't know where that canonical came from though....
  • Reginald Chan: It happens though. My experience was W3TC pro version. Maybe other plugins too play a role.

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