Comment on Stallion WordPress Theme Featured Image and Auto Thumbnails by Erik.
Sorry to jump back on the topic, but just to follow up I’ve been digging for a little more info. I don’t know a lot SEO-wise but I guess logic would dictate that links from every post to a bunch of image pages with practically no content would not be good for SEO.
I have also found the same stated on some other sites and have seen a couple of solutions suggested. One is the following simple-seeming redirect solution via an image.php file:
Disable Image Attachment Page Links via a Redirect to Parent
Create a new file named image.php on your desktop
Open image.php with a text editor, and paste the following into it
<?php wp_redirect(get_permalink($post->post_parent)); ?>
Using an FTP client, navigate to your theme folder (wp-content/themes/themename)
Copy the image.php file from your desktop into your theme folder
(found here: http://www.lancelhoff.com/wordpress-disable-image-attachment-page-links/)
I have also read that simply redirecting image attachments back to the parent page via a plugin will also do the trick. I know there are some plugins that handle attachment redirection like Robots Meta but I think you don’t recommend using that one. I tested Robots Meta and it does seem to work, but I’d rather follow the lightest most SEO-friendly solution, especially since I’ve got a couple thousand of these image pages floating around out there.
I am running the Stallion WordPress SEO plugin but don’t see a section that handles images. I thought maybe Stallion has a built-in way to handle this that I’m not aware of. Maybe you know the best way to handle this in terms of SEO?
Anyway, I hope I am right in assuming that this arrangement can hurt you in Google (recently I think my search traffic got dinged a bit by a Panda update–the first time ever for me I believe–so wondering if this isn’t the reason).
Like I said, I had “Post URL” set as the default WP setting and every image I loaded was getting its own image page (WordPress seems to remember the last image url upload setting you were using and applies it to all the following image uploads unless changed).
I wonder if I am the only one, but I imagine that there are others that might not be paying attention to this setting and being similarly impacted via the creation of unnecessary image attachment pages.
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