Have you ever written a blog post and then decided that it wasn’t quite ready to be published? Maybe you needed to do more research, or maybe you just weren’t happy with the way it turned out. If this has happened to you, then you may have wondered what happens to your post when you switch it from “published” to “draft.”
In this article, we will answer that question and also discuss the effect of drafted content on the Google search index.
What does Google Search do after publishing your post?
When you first publish a post on WordPress, it is automatically indexed by Google. This means that your post will show up in search results as long as it is relevant to the user’s query. However, if you switch your post from “published” to “draft,” Google will remove it from the search index. This means that your post will no longer show up in search results.
The publish button is a magical thing. Not only does it make your post appear on your website, but it also updates your sitemap. If you have a sitemap plugin like Yoast, the post URL that you just published will be listed on the sitemap, including the link to the image.
So when you hit publish, not only are you making your post live, but you’re also helping Google index your content. That’s pretty neat.
So, what does this mean for your SEO?
Well, if you’re not happy with a post and you switch it to draft mode, then your post will no longer be available to people who are searching for it. This could have a negative effect on your traffic and your SEO.
However, if you’re simply editing a post and you switch it back to “published” when you’re done, then there will be no effect on your SEO. So, if you’re ever in doubt, just hit the publish button!
So, there you have it! That’s what happens when you switch a WordPress post from “published” to “draft.” We hope that this article has been helpful. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below or simply contact us!
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