Fixing the Yoast SEO XML Sitemap for Open SEO Stats Chrome Extension

Yoast_SEO Plugin for WordPressYoast is a good SEO plugin for WordPress if you’re like me and don’t want to spend 2 hours on each post or page you want to publish.  However, I just noticed that my chrome extension was saying that my website didn’t have a sitemap! ha… I’m using WordPress with the Yoast plugin and it generates a sitemap as sitemap_index.xml

So anyway, to get the “green checkmark” from the chrome Open SEO stats Extension and avoid confusing the ‘internet’ just put this following code in your .htaccess: (Make sure mod-rewrite is on… but really, who’s isn’t for WordPress sites – oh, and of course replace your website name for exampledomainname, and remove the “s” on https if your site isn’t secure):

RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^exampledomainname\.com$ [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www\.exampledomainname\.com$
RewriteRule ^sitemap\.xml$ "https\:\/\/www\.exampledomainname\.com\/sitemap\_index\.xml" [R=301,L]

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