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If you have noticed that Google is indexing ReplyToCom links from your WordPress blog then you should not waste another minute, you should fix this issue a.s.a.p.

These links were not a real problem until Google Panda was introduced. After the release of Google Panda, these useless links have a great impact on search engine rankings and can actually get your website penalized. There are a number of ways to stop Google from indexing ReplyToCom links, here are two of the most common and easiest ways to do the same -

Method #1. You can simply add “Disallow: ?replytocom” (without quotes) in your robots.txt file.

Method #2. You can install WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin to fix the error for you. Install the plugin, activate it, go to the settings page of the plugin and select “Permalinks” and check the box next to “remove the ?replytocom variable” as shown in the image below.

Fix ReplyToCom Wordress SEO by Yoast

That’s it. You can read more WordPress Tutorials to nail down some other common problems faced by WordPress users.

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by Akash Malik

Akash Malik is a professional Blogger from India. He has been blogging for 5 years. Akash like to write about Gadgets and Technology but for a change, he will be sharing his knowledge about Wordpress and his experience about Professional Blogging with us on this blog.

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  1. Wow this was a great help! You actually provided the precise answer to the question I had. I did it the Yoast way… I overlooked that setting before as I didn’t really understand it’s purpose until I read your post! Many thanks. :-)

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    1. I am glad this article helped you in getting your attention back to the important option that you overlooked ;)

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  2. I have this box checked but still google is indexing the /? links heavily :(

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  3. Hey Ruchira,

    Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. You can try to fix the replytocom links with the help of Google Webmaster Tools. I believe you have added your website to your webmaster account already, sign into your account, click on your website url and click the configuration option on the left. Then you will see a list of options under the configuration heading, click on URL Parameters and choose to configure the URL Parameters.

    Click the button “Add Parameter” and please check the following image for the settings that you need to do -

    http://www.wpgaze.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/URL-Parameter.jpg

    Hope this helps.

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  4. I already check the box for replytocom (from yoast plugin) but it still show up for crawl eror some of them, and then I found your solution to control from webmaster tool, follow your instruction (paginates : on). I’ll wait for a next day and see what happen.

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  5. Hi, I am getting a lot of replytocom links in my webmaster tools, but I don’t even have Wordpress. My page is static HTML with Facebook comments. Could the FB comments be causing it?

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    1. Hello,

      The actual cause of replytocom links is WordPress threaded comments. But just to be on a safer side, you can try to disable nested comments if there is an option for that in FB comments.

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