Customize the author sitemap

As of Yoast SEO 20.0, the settings interface inside our plugins has received a major overhaul. Please update to the latest version of Yoast SEO if your plugin does not look like the screenshots you encounter in our Help center.

Our plugin can create a sitemap that lists the author archive pages for sites with multiple authors. If you have a single author, please disable the author archives.

Customize sitemap

After enabling author archives, you will have some additional options to customize the author sitemap.

You can change the archive settings when you go to Yoast SEO Settings –> Advanced –> Author archives:

Yoast SEO Author archives
Author archives in Yoast SEO

There you’ll have some more options as you can see in this screenshot:

Search appearance of autor archives in Yoast SEO
Search appearance of author archives in Yoast SEO
  • Show author archives in search results
    • Yes. The author sitemap will be created.
    • No. The author sitemap will not be created.
  • Show archives for authors without posts in search results.
  • Title & meta description templates
    • These will be used to generate the title and meta description of the author archive page.

Exclude individual author’s feature

Excluding an individual author does not remove the author’s contents from other sitemaps.

After enabling author archives, you can prevent individual users from appearing in the author sitemap.

  1. Log in to your WordPress website.

    When you’re logged in, you will be in your ‘Dashboard’.

  2. Click on ‘Users’.

    On the left-hand side, you will see a menu. In that menu, click on ‘Users’.

  3. Click ‘Edit’ for the username of the user you want to exclude.

  4. Under ‘Yoast SEO Settings’, check the ‘Do not allow search engines to show this author’s archives in search results.’ box.

  5. Click ‘Update User.’

Exclude authors filter

Yoast comes with the following filter:

wpseo_sitemap_exclude_author

This filter can be further used to customize the sitemap to exclude authors. It can be used to bulk exclude authors or exclude authors based on certain conditions. This will likely require some development work.

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