Disable AMP in WordPress with SEO-Friendly Way

The Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) Project is an open source initiative which claims to improve the mobile user-experience. The implementation of AMP is not easy. There are lots of potential issues which arise after using AMP. Therefore, it’s better to disable AMP as soon as possible.

  1. Remove the link rel="amphtml" from the non-amp pages.
  2. Set NOINDEX for AMP pages

Before I jump into technical explanation with exact steps, let me tell you …

Why removing AMP is a great idea?

  • For a moment, please forget about "Speed is a ranking factor" statement. Only having a fastest mobile site on the Internet with the terrible design is not sufficient for the growth of the blog. As far monetary value and branding concerned, if your blog is not performing well due to AMP, why take the risk?
  • Imagine if you have 1000 pages, Isn't complicated to ensure that all AMP pages are working properly or not? The Google Search Console display limited information, that's not sufficient for a webmaster to analyze the usability of AMP pages.
  • AMP increases extra work for a blogger. Not all bloggers are tech-savvy. I had to check each web page. I found somewhere YouTube iframe is not working, no comment form, even some HTML code was not working in my author box, etc. Indeed, AMP forces webmasters to sacrifice a lot.
  • I consider, using extra plugins as inviting possible bugs, security concern, and conflict with other plugins. So, far I couldn't find any reliable plugin for AMP.
  • Currently, AMP is not a ranking factor for mobile SERPs. Yeah, it may awesome, mind blowing for a news publisher for ranking under the header so called "Top Stories". But, what's about a new blog? Is it worth to take the risk for AMP?

Why I removed AMP from my Blog? – Big Reasons

Just after few days of installing AMP plugin, I had to deal with lots of frustrating issues. So, I was very disappointed and I decided to remove it. Below are few links of notable issues.

Reference: List of problems I faced with AMP for WP plugin

  • https://wordpress.org/support/topic/facing-redirection-loop-non-slash-to-slash/
  • https://wordpress.org/support/topic/is-showing-different-in-amp/
  • https://wordpress.org/support/topic/missing-trailing-slash/
  • https://twitter.com/TheGulshanKumar/status/827897651282706432

Even, I had to fixed AMP issues page by page as far I could discover –

  • I noticed that in the AMP, Google AdSense does not perform well.
  • When you have long content pages, verifying the each web page element is working properly or not become tedious. I was afraid to see that some of my YouTube video iframes were not working. Finally, I fixed it too by adding some required JS, for a moment it was unknown.

How to disable AMP pages for WordPress?

You shouldn't directly deactivate AMP plugin or even try to setup any kind of redirect. Otherwise your organic visitors will see an error page like this.

AMP Sucks?

Concept behind the solution for disabling AMP without error 404
As we know that Googlebot discovers AMP pages using the  rel="amphtml" link from the website header.

Fortunately, this markup has nothing to do directly for human visitors. So, we can remove it to tell folks at Google, I mean Googlebot; that we don't have any AMP version of Web Page. Meanwhile Google de-indexes pages, we will temporarily keep serving AMP pages to our visitors by keeping AMP plugin activated.

While the discussion on this hot topic, the main question was in our mind- What if Google considers AMP version pages as duplicate URL for canonical? Of course, it will be because we have removed relation markup. Based on this concept, I highly recommend using NOINDEX for removing AMP pages from Google Search.

To disable AMP pages properly without affecting SEO, all you need to follow major two steps:-

  1. First, remove the link rel="amphtml" output from the non-amp pages.
  2. Set NOINDEX for AMP pages

Interesting isn't it? Let's get into practical details step by step.

Step 1. Remove rel="amphtml" output from the head

Using RegEx, you can match the string and replace it with your desired value (which is blank). I think this is the far easiest for removing rel="amphtml" from WordPress HTML output.

In simple words, with below clever steps, we will scan AMP markup in the HTML pages of WordPress, we will remove it on the fly using Search & Replace via RegEx.

Regular Expressions
Validated Regular Expressions

Process

To remove the rel="amphtml" link from the head, head over to these steps.

  1. Install & activate a most useful plugin called Real-Time Find and Replace. This plugin allows you to dynamically (i.e. at the time when a page is generated) replace code and text from themes and other plugins with code and text of your choosing before a page is delivered to a user’s browser.
  2. Go to Tools > Real-Time Find and Replace
    Real Time Find and Replace Settings
  3. Check Use Regex
  4. In the Find field, type exactly <link rel="amphtml" href="(.+)" >
  5. In the Replace field, leave it blank.
  6. Update settings. That's all.
    remove AMP rel markup

We are Thankful to the author, this plugin saves our valuable time.

Step 2. Setup NOINDEX for AMP pages

This is an important step to avoid duplicate content indexing as in the last steps we have removed rel="amphtml" from the website header.

  1. Open AMP for WP plugin settings
  2. Go to SEO
  3. Add below meta code to the head section
<meta name="robots" content="noindex,follow"/>

This process will not affect the ranking of your canonical (Non-AMP) pages .

How to Check Noindex status of AMP?

Here's the easy way –

  1. Go to Google.com
  2. Search like https://gulshankumar.net/*/amp/

After following above process, you need to keep your AMP plugin activated till you see 0 indexed AMP pages in the Search.

Things to Do After No-Indexing AMP Pages in Serps

Thanks for reading this article so far. I greatly appreciate your valuable time. If you need any urgent help regarding removal of AMP pages or need a solution for the custom approach. Please feel free to discuss in the comment section. Next moment, I'll be there with you to assist. Thanks!

This method is tested and it worked for me. I am fortunate enough, this guide has been appreciated by the author of Marketing91, The Kinsta Blog and more.

11 Sep 2017, https://kinsta.com/blog/disable-google-amp/

Related

✅ How to disable annoying AMP as a user? 🤔

Use Firefox browser and don't use Google Chrome mobile browser.

✅ How do I prevent showing 404 error for AMP pages in Google SERPs?

You did probably wrong by just deactivating plugin in hope now AMP won't show in Google. That's not a proper way. You need to de-link amphtml tag from the source code and noindex AMP pages.

✅ What are some major reasons I should avoid using Google AMP?

AMP destroy web page design. It increases extra work that you can better invest in other productive things such as writing articles and making money.

✅ Does AMP improve PageSpeed? 🚀

It's better to make page actually faster than relying on some plugin because it can have bug and security issues.

✅ Is AMP a Google Ranking Factor? 📈

Well, Google main job is to display relevant answer to search query. Either you use AMP or not it doesn't matter. John from Google has officially confirmed it's not a ranking factor.

✅ How long Google may take for noindexing all AMP pages?

It may take few week to process noindex request.

157 thoughts on “Disable AMP in WordPress with SEO-Friendly Way”

  1. This is one of the best and most useful tutorials i have read on removing amp. I did not remove amp till date even with its poor performance in ads and earnings because I was afraid of the 404's it will result in. But with this method I will surely remove it asap. Thanks a lot Gulshan for this brilliant method.

    Reply
    • Hi, Thanks for sharing your valuable thoughts on this article. I am trying my best to keep this article simple and easy to follow for everyone. Thanks.

      Reply
  2. This is one of the best and most useful tutorials i have read on removing amp. I did not remove amp till date even with its poor performance in ads and earnings because I was afraid of the 404's it will result in. But with this method I will surely remove it asap. Thanks a lot Gulshan for this brilliant method.

    Reply
    • Hi, Thanks for sharing your valuable thoughts on this article. I am trying my best to keep this article simple and easy to follow for everyone. Thanks.

      Reply
  3. Thank you so much for sharing the clear tutorial about remove the AMP totaly.

    I will gothrough your article and try it on our website.

    Keep sharing more wonderful articles.

    Reply
    • Hi Dear Navis,
      Welcome back to my blog! I will make sure to keep updating with the most useful content. Thanks for stopping by!

      Reply
  4. Thank you so much for sharing the clear tutorial about remove the AMP totaly.

    I will gothrough your article and try it on our website.

    Keep sharing more wonderful articles.

    Reply
    • Hi Dear Navis,
      Welcome back to my blog! I will make sure to keep updating with the most useful content. Thanks for stopping by!

      Reply
  5. Hey Gulshan, great post!
    I haven't WP AMP but AMP plugin from Automattic.
    So could i add

    by Yoast SEO AMP settings?
    Yoast permits to add Extra code in .

    Reply
  6. Hey Gulshan, great post!
    I haven't WP AMP but AMP plugin from Automattic.
    So could i add

    by Yoast SEO AMP settings?
    Yoast permits to add Extra code in .

    Reply
  7. Thanks for the info! Your site is a real gem. Can you tell me how you create the coloured boxes in your posts?

    Thanks again 🙂

    Reply
  8. Thanks for the info! Your site is a real gem. Can you tell me how you create the coloured boxes in your posts?

    Thanks again 🙂

    Reply
  9. Hello Gulshan,

    Thanks for this detailed post. I have also installed the AMP on my blog after reading various articles online. But Its really a hefty job to configure everything especially the error I received in my Google webmasters account. It is so time consuming job. After that I remove the AMP and installed a responsive WordPress themes. Its works great on desktop and mobile devices too. Thanks again for sharing these great insights.

    Have a great day 🙂
    Vishwajeet

    Reply
  10. Hello Gulshan,

    Thanks for this detailed post. I have also installed the AMP on my blog after reading various articles online. But Its really a hefty job to configure everything especially the error I received in my Google webmasters account. It is so time consuming job. After that I remove the AMP and installed a responsive WordPress themes. Its works great on desktop and mobile devices too. Thanks again for sharing these great insights.

    Have a great day 🙂
    Vishwajeet

    Reply
  11. What a great post this is.

    Waiting for more articles,

    Good luck bro! Please fix comment box bug it gets disappear when we tried to write a comment.

    Reply
    • Thanks dear, I will make sure to add more articles in coming days. Also, I will fix the comment box issue. Thanks for reporting about it.

      Reply
  12. What a great post this is.

    Waiting for more articles,

    Good luck bro! Please fix comment box bug it gets disappear when we tried to write a comment.

    Reply
    • Thanks dear, I will make sure to add more articles in coming days. Also, I will fix the comment box issue. Thanks for reporting about it.

      Reply
  13. I wasn't aware of these steps.

    I simply deleted and deactivated AMP Plugin. It impacted traffic, but is stable now.

    AMP does not look good and as you said it showed a lot of error in search console.

    Reply
  14. I wasn't aware of these steps.

    I simply deleted and deactivated AMP Plugin. It impacted traffic, but is stable now.

    AMP does not look good and as you said it showed a lot of error in search console.

    Reply
  15. Hi Bro,

    I have done it above section post, and suceesfully done it on my website.

    I like to know after Amp pages removed successfully

    1) Shall i remove Amp Plugins Completely ?

    2) And also shall i remove the Real-Time Find and Replace Plugin also in plugin section ?

    Can you clarify the above two doubts bro ?

    Thank you

    Reply
    • Hello,

      Yes, you can remove both plugin – AMP and Real time Find and Replace; once AMP pages successfully get Noindexed from the Search Engine.

      Later just for normal user, if you wish you can setup redirect from AMP to Non-AMP pages to prevent from simple 404 hits on AMP. It's not compulsory.

      Thanks & Regards,
      Gulshan

      Reply
      • Thank you so much for clarify the doubts.

        I have done it on my website, wait for 4 more days, once all the amp post and pages deindexed, then I will surely ping back to you bro.

        Thanks for sharing your great knowledge to all.

  16. Hi Bro,

    I have done it above section post, and suceesfully done it on my website.

    I like to know after Amp pages removed successfully

    1) Shall i remove Amp Plugins Completely ?

    2) And also shall i remove the Real-Time Find and Replace Plugin also in plugin section ?

    Can you clarify the above two doubts bro ?

    Thank you

    Reply
    • Hello,

      Yes, you can remove both plugin – AMP and Real time Find and Replace; once AMP pages successfully get Noindexed from the Search Engine.

      Later just for normal user, if you wish you can setup redirect from AMP to Non-AMP pages to prevent from simple 404 hits on AMP. It's not compulsory.

      Thanks & Regards,
      Gulshan

      Reply
      • Thank you so much for clarify the doubts.

        I have done it on my website, wait for 4 more days, once all the amp post and pages deindexed, then I will surely ping back to you bro.

        Thanks for sharing your great knowledge to all.

  17. Hi Gulshan,

    Thanks for your informative blog! I have done the steps mentioned above, I'm currently in a waiting game with Google to de-index the AMP pages.

    How would I know if all the pages were de-indexed completely? Just webmaster tools? Can I disable the Mobile redirection while waiting for Google to de-index the AMP pages?

    Reply
    • Hi Zan,

      Thanks for the valuable comment.

      To check either your AMP pages has been noindex yet or not, please check it via Search Console.

      And yes, you should disable mobile redirection while you are waiting for de-indexing your website AMP pages.

      I hope this helps. If you have any more queries, please feel free to ask.

      Thanks & Regards,
      Gulshan

      Reply
  18. Hi Gulshan,

    Thanks for your informative blog! I have done the steps mentioned above, I'm currently in a waiting game with Google to de-index the AMP pages.

    How would I know if all the pages were de-indexed completely? Just webmaster tools? Can I disable the Mobile redirection while waiting for Google to de-index the AMP pages?

    Reply
    • Hi Zan,

      Thanks for the valuable comment.

      To check either your AMP pages has been noindex yet or not, please check it via Search Console.

      And yes, you should disable mobile redirection while you are waiting for de-indexing your website AMP pages.

      I hope this helps. If you have any more queries, please feel free to ask.

      Thanks & Regards,
      Gulshan

      Reply
  19. Hi,

    thanks for your tutorial!

    Yesterday I removed AMP completely from my site. To be fair, it brought a lot of traffic, but in the end the monetarization is really bad.

    I hope it will not impact my traffic that much, but maybe I'm happier now with my beautiful RESPONSIVE theme.

    Reply
  20. Hi,

    thanks for your tutorial!

    Yesterday I removed AMP completely from my site. To be fair, it brought a lot of traffic, but in the end the monetarization is really bad.

    I hope it will not impact my traffic that much, but maybe I'm happier now with my beautiful RESPONSIVE theme.

    Reply
    • Hey sahil,
      AMP provide a light version of your website, as you know loading speed is a very important factor for ranking and because it increases loading speed then surely it will affect your rankings.

      P.S. : AMP sites are also given priority by Google.

      Thanks.

      Reply
    • Hey sahil,
      AMP provide a light version of your website, as you know loading speed is a very important factor for ranking and because it increases loading speed then surely it will affect your rankings.

      P.S. : AMP sites are also given priority by Google.

      Thanks.

      Reply
  21. Hi Gulshan, I wish I found this blog post earlier before disabling the amp plugin. I disabled it and let the google bot cache the 404 pages of the non existing amp pages because that is what is suggested by google when I read the in developers.google.com. The problem now is my ranking dropped and googlebot slows down on crawling the site. I reinstalled the amp plugin again to see if the ranking will go back again. Do you think what I did is right? Do you have any tips on how to bring back my ranking? Thanks in advance.

    Reply
    • Hi Manny,

      I think, Your ranking dropped because you followed a single wrong step which was – removing AMP plugin directly. You could have noindex your AMP pages gracefully. If Google list 10 search results for any query, you remove AMP plugin, what will happen? User will simply land to error 404 page. They will pick another result. Eventually, ranking will drop.

      That's why I say, never ever directly remove plugin or even try to setup any kind of redirect – because it will NOT work.

      Instead, focus on noindexing AMP pages properly, if you don't want to loose ranking and traffics.

      What you can do right now? Let me highlight some points
      Step 1. Keep installed AMP for WP Plugin, till AMP pages are not noindexed automatically by Google.
      Step 2. Set noindex using meta tag in the plugin settings
      Step 3. Remove rel="ampthtml" link as I described above.
      Step 4. Wait at least a week. Keep eye on the AMP status via Search Console.
      Step 5. Update your site regularly, this will encourage Googlebot to crawl regularly.
      Step 6. Once AMP is noindexed, and you don't see any AMP results for your website in the mobile serps, then feel free to remove AMP plugin, do whatever you want. But, don't remove AMP without properly noindexing.

      Hopefully, you will recover your ranking back.

      Thanks & Regards,
      Gulshan

      Reply
  22. Hi Gulshan, I wish I found this blog post earlier before disabling the amp plugin. I disabled it and let the google bot cache the 404 pages of the non existing amp pages because that is what is suggested by google when I read the in developers.google.com. The problem now is my ranking dropped and googlebot slows down on crawling the site. I reinstalled the amp plugin again to see if the ranking will go back again. Do you think what I did is right? Do you have any tips on how to bring back my ranking? Thanks in advance.

    Reply
    • Hi Manny,

      I think, Your ranking dropped because you followed a single wrong step which was – removing AMP plugin directly. You could have noindex your AMP pages gracefully. If Google list 10 search results for any query, you remove AMP plugin, what will happen? User will simply land to error 404 page. They will pick another result. Eventually, ranking will drop.

      That's why I say, never ever directly remove plugin or even try to setup any kind of redirect – because it will NOT work.

      Instead, focus on noindexing AMP pages properly, if you don't want to loose ranking and traffics.

      What you can do right now? Let me highlight some points
      Step 1. Keep installed AMP for WP Plugin, till AMP pages are not noindexed automatically by Google.
      Step 2. Set noindex using meta tag in the plugin settings
      Step 3. Remove rel="ampthtml" link as I described above.
      Step 4. Wait at least a week. Keep eye on the AMP status via Search Console.
      Step 5. Update your site regularly, this will encourage Googlebot to crawl regularly.
      Step 6. Once AMP is noindexed, and you don't see any AMP results for your website in the mobile serps, then feel free to remove AMP plugin, do whatever you want. But, don't remove AMP without properly noindexing.

      Hopefully, you will recover your ranking back.

      Thanks & Regards,
      Gulshan

      Reply
  23. hello sir i have noticed that your blog image is only 13 kb when its size is 713*429. but when i creat a jpg image even 300*200 its is more than 50kb . please give me some tips to reduce image size.

    Reply
    • Hi Anoop,

      To keep image size in the control,
      * Do not use many colors
      * Choose right format such as PNG for illustration, JPG for real image
      * After then, I prefer to compress using ShortPixel or TinyPNG.

      I hope this helps.
      Thanks

      Reply
  24. hello sir i have noticed that your blog image is only 13 kb when its size is 713*429. but when i creat a jpg image even 300*200 its is more than 50kb . please give me some tips to reduce image size.

    Reply
    • Hi Anoop,

      To keep image size in the control,
      * Do not use many colors
      * Choose right format such as PNG for illustration, JPG for real image
      * After then, I prefer to compress using ShortPixel or TinyPNG.

      I hope this helps.
      Thanks

      Reply
    • Dear, you're welcome! I guess, you are talking about existing images. To optimize live site images, you can use an Image optimization plugin for it.

      Reply
    • Dear, you're welcome! I guess, you are talking about existing images. To optimize live site images, you can use an Image optimization plugin for it.

      Reply
  25. Thanks Gulshan for this great tutorial !!

    Google took 20 days to no-index all my AMP URL's.

    Today I redirected all AMP URL's to Non-AMP URL's by following your htaccess method.

    They are working fine. Thanks.

    Reply
  26. Thanks Gulshan for this great tutorial !!

    Google took 20 days to no-index all my AMP URL's.

    Today I redirected all AMP URL's to Non-AMP URL's by following your htaccess method.

    They are working fine. Thanks.

    Reply
  27. Thanks for posting this excellent tutorial. I followed your instructions and I think I'm heading in the right direction as far as disabling AMP is concerned. I had just 1 AMP page indexed to begin with … it seems like the AMP for WP plugin was generating tons of errors in Search Console all along and for that reason Google could not index any AMP pages.

    This is what I had yesterday:

    Indexed AMP pages: 1
    AMP pages with critical issues: 3152

    And today I have:

    Indexed AMP pages: 0
    AMP pages with critical issues: 1756

    I deactivated the AMP for WP plugin after seeing 0 Indexed pages but what concerns me is that in Search Console it is still showing AMP pages with critical issues: 1756. Why do you think that is? If no pages are indexed, It should have been 0 right?

    Not sure if I deactivated the plugin too quickly?

    Also, after deactivating the plugin when I go to

    http://www.example.com/amp/

    it takes me to the main page of my website but in the URL bar I can still see

    http://www.example.com/amp/

    instead of only

    http://www.example.com/

    ?? Why do you think that might be?

    This was the case before I set up redirection in my .htaccess following your instructions… and it is still doing the same thing after the redirection code has been implemented …

    Do you have any idea why this might be happening?

    Thanks again for your thoughts.

    Best,

    Reply
  28. Thanks for posting this excellent tutorial. I followed your instructions and I think I'm heading in the right direction as far as disabling AMP is concerned. I had just 1 AMP page indexed to begin with … it seems like the AMP for WP plugin was generating tons of errors in Search Console all along and for that reason Google could not index any AMP pages.

    This is what I had yesterday:

    Indexed AMP pages: 1
    AMP pages with critical issues: 3152

    And today I have:

    Indexed AMP pages: 0
    AMP pages with critical issues: 1756

    I deactivated the AMP for WP plugin after seeing 0 Indexed pages but what concerns me is that in Search Console it is still showing AMP pages with critical issues: 1756. Why do you think that is? If no pages are indexed, It should have been 0 right?

    Not sure if I deactivated the plugin too quickly?

    Also, after deactivating the plugin when I go to

    http://www.example.com/amp/

    it takes me to the main page of my website but in the URL bar I can still see

    http://www.example.com/amp/

    instead of only

    http://www.example.com/

    ?? Why do you think that might be?

    This was the case before I set up redirection in my .htaccess following your instructions… and it is still doing the same thing after the redirection code has been implemented …

    Do you have any idea why this might be happening?

    Thanks again for your thoughts.

    Best,

    Reply
  29. Thank you so much for this evergreen content. You have saved me the stress of trying to enable Adsense ads and other affiliate ads on my AMP blog. I just finished following the instruction above. Now my only problem is that I didn't implement the AMP successful so some of my blog posts are not indexed on AMP page but are still ranking high on Google. Hope it won't affect my traffic after resubmitting my sitemap.

    Reply
  30. Thank you so much for this evergreen content. You have saved me the stress of trying to enable Adsense ads and other affiliate ads on my AMP blog. I just finished following the instruction above. Now my only problem is that I didn't implement the AMP successful so some of my blog posts are not indexed on AMP page but are still ranking high on Google. Hope it won't affect my traffic after resubmitting my sitemap.

    Reply
  31. Hello, thank you for your great tutorials. I think this is the best article I've found so far since I am a beginner.

    I noticed that I made a mistake by directly deactiving and removing the plugin without considering your steps above. Will it affect on my website's performance?

    Then how could I fix the errors I found on the Google Console about the AMP errors after I deleted the plugin?

    I would be very happy if you are willing to help me.

    Thank you 🙂

    Reply
  32. Hello, thank you for your great tutorials. I think this is the best article I've found so far since I am a beginner.

    I noticed that I made a mistake by directly deactiving and removing the plugin without considering your steps above. Will it affect on my website's performance?

    Then how could I fix the errors I found on the Google Console about the AMP errors after I deleted the plugin?

    I would be very happy if you are willing to help me.

    Thank you 🙂

    Reply
  33. I'm so glad in finding this useful content, thanks to the author – I noticed that ever since I activated AMP, my Adsense revenue decreased automatically, I hardly earn 3 dollars a day, I was wondering.

    Until I found out it was AMP, but then I was afraid to deactivate it because of 404 error.

    I've followed the process, by 4 days I will check back and see.

    Thanks.

    Reply
  34. I'm so glad in finding this useful content, thanks to the author – I noticed that ever since I activated AMP, my Adsense revenue decreased automatically, I hardly earn 3 dollars a day, I was wondering.

    Until I found out it was AMP, but then I was afraid to deactivate it because of 404 error.

    I've followed the process, by 4 days I will check back and see.

    Thanks.

    Reply
  35. Do AdSense has anything related to AMP? If yes, how? I have seen so much shout out om AdSense users getting lesser price of ads

    Reply
  36. Do AdSense has anything related to AMP? If yes, how? I have seen so much shout out om AdSense users getting lesser price of ads

    Reply
  37. Thanks for the post. Great work 🙂
    I have a big trouble, before know about this post I had sent an email to the developers of the plugin. Misteriously I can’t clic in any tab to complete the Step 2. The tab (Inn settings) doesnt work, like freeze.

    Can you help me please?

    Reply
  38. Thanks for the post. Great work 🙂
    I have a big trouble, before know about this post I had sent an email to the developers of the plugin. Misteriously I can’t clic in any tab to complete the Step 2. The tab (Inn settings) doesnt work, like freeze.

    Can you help me please?

    Reply
  39. Hello your article is a lifesaver. Recently I removed amp from a blog and it ended with 404 error (from google amp domain).

    But I am using your steps as

    1. removing amphtml tag
    2. making noindex to ensure google won't index the amp version.

    Let's see if this works. (I know it will)

    Cheers! good work.

    Reply
  40. Hello your article is a lifesaver. Recently I removed amp from a blog and it ended with 404 error (from google amp domain).

    But I am using your steps as

    1. removing amphtml tag
    2. making noindex to ensure google won't index the amp version.

    Let's see if this works. (I know it will)

    Cheers! good work.

    Reply
  41. Dear friends, this is a great article, I used to disable one of my sites. Great.

    I have a big trouble with another one. The plugin create a technical problem, I can't access to the plugin panel and clic the tabs (freezing). I sent several emails to the developers but I haven't any answer (the price to have a free plugin).

    I'm wondering If I can delete the plugin, no more options. I'm afraid to loose google ranking (I will start again) and duplicate pages.

    What do you think, could you give some ideas? I'm dummy in this field, I'm a single writer.

    Thanks a lot, Marcelo

    Reply
  42. Dear friends, this is a great article, I used to disable one of my sites. Great.

    I have a big trouble with another one. The plugin create a technical problem, I can't access to the plugin panel and clic the tabs (freezing). I sent several emails to the developers but I haven't any answer (the price to have a free plugin).

    I'm wondering If I can delete the plugin, no more options. I'm afraid to loose google ranking (I will start again) and duplicate pages.

    What do you think, could you give some ideas? I'm dummy in this field, I'm a single writer.

    Thanks a lot, Marcelo

    Reply
  43. Really thanks to write this posting. It helps to know why my adsense income decrease 90% suddenly after installing amp system.
    I would like to know that after all process(including deactivating and deleting AMP for-WP Plugin), is this okay to delete [Real-Time Find and Replace plugin]?

    Reply
    • Hi Mika,
      Once you know that your pages has been removed from the SERPs, please feel free to delete Real Time Find & Replace & AMP plugin also. 🙂
      All the best!

      Reply
  44. Really thanks to write this posting. It helps to know why my adsense income decrease 90% suddenly after installing amp system.
    I would like to know that after all process(including deactivating and deleting AMP for-WP Plugin), is this okay to delete [Real-Time Find and Replace plugin]?

    Reply
    • Hi Mika,
      Once you know that your pages has been removed from the SERPs, please feel free to delete Real Time Find & Replace & AMP plugin also. 🙂
      All the best!

      Reply
  45. Hello GulshanKumar,
    I installed AMP for WP plugin on my site. But still it's not showing on Google.

    Please help.

    Reply
  46. Hello GulshanKumar,
    I installed AMP for WP plugin on my site. But still it's not showing on Google.

    Please help.

    Reply
  47. Hi, Just now I submitted my AMP sitemap for non-indexing, after following the steps mentioned. Must say, your tutorial is awesome with clear instructions and images to understand it better! Just perfect for non-techies like us.
    However, just now I checked the Google search console and found this message : "Your Sitemap appears to be an HTML page. Please use a supported sitemap format instead."

    Now, what it means? And also, Google search console is displaying "Your page is not mobile friendly"

    Is it okay?

    Please help!

    Reply
  48. Hi, Just now I submitted my AMP sitemap for non-indexing, after following the steps mentioned. Must say, your tutorial is awesome with clear instructions and images to understand it better! Just perfect for non-techies like us.
    However, just now I checked the Google search console and found this message : "Your Sitemap appears to be an HTML page. Please use a supported sitemap format instead."

    Now, what it means? And also, Google search console is displaying "Your page is not mobile friendly"

    Is it okay?

    Please help!

    Reply
  49. Thanks for the Post. I have just followed the same to deactivate the AMP on my blog. Waiting for the reindexing of google crawl of my pages.

    Reply
  50. Thanks for the Post. I have just followed the same to deactivate the AMP on my blog. Waiting for the reindexing of google crawl of my pages.

    Reply
  51. Hi,
    Thanks for sharing this information.
    But what if I have already deleted the AMP plugin? Should i reinstall it and follow the process mentioned above?

    Reply
  52. Hi,
    Thanks for sharing this information.
    But what if I have already deleted the AMP plugin? Should i reinstall it and follow the process mentioned above?

    Reply
  53. bhai mujhe pahle pata nhi tha or maine direct ampplugin remove kar diya jisse meri site ka bura haal ho gaya hai. real time to maine active kar diya but kya AMP bhi dubara install karna pdega ? please bro tell me

    Reply
  54. bhai mujhe pahle pata nhi tha or maine direct ampplugin remove kar diya jisse meri site ka bura haal ho gaya hai. real time to maine active kar diya but kya AMP bhi dubara install karna pdega ? please bro tell me

    Reply
  55. Hi Gulshan,

    Thank you very much for making it so simple. I was thinking of removing AMP for a long time but like all, I was afraid of negative SEO effect. I don't see any negative effect, on contrary, I see the positive effect but due to other factors like topical search increase.

    Thanks again.

    Reply
  56. Hi Gulshan,

    Thank you very much for making it so simple. I was thinking of removing AMP for a long time but like all, I was afraid of negative SEO effect. I don't see any negative effect, on contrary, I see the positive effect but due to other factors like topical search increase.

    Thanks again.

    Reply
  57. Hey Gulshan,

    Thanks a bunch for the step by step guide, but i think i might need some extra help.

    I currently have many canonical pages indexed, and after installing AMP for wordpress, 95 of them are now indexed as AMP pages on only mobile serps.
    How do I deindex the amp version only? While keeping the canonical versions indexed?

    Here's how i put myself in this position –
    1. Installed Amp for WordPress, not AMP for WP (not sure if this make a difference)
    2. After 5 days, now 95 pages on only mobile serps are indexed, which decreased traffic by alot
    3. I deactivated and deleted plugin from wordpress without doing much research which was stupid

    Then I followed your steps above:
    1. Removed rel=”amphtml” using plugin
    2. Installed AMP for WP plugin, not the AMP for WordPress plugin which i originally installed (not sure if this makes a difference)
    3. Input

    Any help is appreciated.

    Reply
    • Your last two steps are right. At the place of 3. Input, I would suggest set Noindex using meta tag in the AMP for WP plugin.

      Reply
  58. Hey Gulshan,

    Thanks a bunch for the step by step guide, but i think i might need some extra help.

    I currently have many canonical pages indexed, and after installing AMP for wordpress, 95 of them are now indexed as AMP pages on only mobile serps.
    How do I deindex the amp version only? While keeping the canonical versions indexed?

    Here's how i put myself in this position –
    1. Installed Amp for WordPress, not AMP for WP (not sure if this make a difference)
    2. After 5 days, now 95 pages on only mobile serps are indexed, which decreased traffic by alot
    3. I deactivated and deleted plugin from wordpress without doing much research which was stupid

    Then I followed your steps above:
    1. Removed rel=”amphtml” using plugin
    2. Installed AMP for WP plugin, not the AMP for WordPress plugin which i originally installed (not sure if this makes a difference)
    3. Input

    Any help is appreciated.

    Reply
    • Your last two steps are right. At the place of 3. Input, I would suggest set Noindex using meta tag in the AMP for WP plugin.

      Reply
  59. I have used this method to remove amp pages. But now if I want to switch back to amp again, what are the required steps? Please provide the procedure for that.

    Reply
    • To switch back to AMP,

      1. Deactivate and Delete Real Time Find and replace plugin
      2. Remove meta noindex tag from the head section of AMP plugin.

      Done.

      Reply
  60. I have used this method to remove amp pages. But now if I want to switch back to amp again, what are the required steps? Please provide the procedure for that.

    Reply
    • To switch back to AMP,

      1. Deactivate and Delete Real Time Find and replace plugin
      2. Remove meta noindex tag from the head section of AMP plugin.

      Done.

      Reply
  61. I have Followed this article step by step and it’s have been 5 day’s since i deindex amp url but iam not seeing any deindex on my google search console account plz help iam getting lots of problems due :pensive: to amp.

    Reply
  62. I have Followed this article step by step and it’s have been 5 day’s since i deindex amp url but iam not seeing any deindex on my google search console account plz help iam getting lots of problems due :pensive: to amp.

    Reply
  63. Hey Gulshan, thank you for the great post!
    I don't use WP AMP but AMP plugin from Automattic.

    Where can I put the meta code () because I have no SEO Tab in the AMP Plugin.

    Please help me!
    Tanks in advance!

    Reply
  64. Hey Gulshan, thank you for the great post!
    I don't use WP AMP but AMP plugin from Automattic.

    Where can I put the meta code () because I have no SEO Tab in the AMP Plugin.

    Please help me!
    Tanks in advance!

    Reply
  65. 85% bounce rate & 85% exit rate when compared to non-amp pages.

    traffic declining gradually.

    1st-time enabled traffic lost unusual disabled amp and updates disavow links

    for disavowing links traffic decreased by 50% and after amp deactivation traffic went 5% to 50%.

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  66. 85% bounce rate & 85% exit rate when compared to non-amp pages.

    traffic declining gradually.

    1st-time enabled traffic lost unusual disabled amp and updates disavow links

    for disavowing links traffic decreased by 50% and after amp deactivation traffic went 5% to 50%.

    Reply
  67. it was very helpful
    my adsense earning was going down from last 3 months
    after applying these changes earning has been restored within week

    Reply
  68. it was very helpful
    my adsense earning was going down from last 3 months
    after applying these changes earning has been restored within week

    Reply
  69. I've tried this method and it works quite well I suppose, but it's been more than 4 days and not all the AMP pages have been deindexed. What do I do? I'm losing on Adsense revenue since AMP decreases my RPM and CPC.

    Reply
  70. I've tried this method and it works quite well I suppose, but it's been more than 4 days and not all the AMP pages have been deindexed. What do I do? I'm losing on Adsense revenue since AMP decreases my RPM and CPC.

    Reply
  71. Hi Gulshan,

    I was using amp using newspaper theme's provided amp support. It created amp pages with /?amp/ url pattern rather than /amp/. I am trying to remove amp now completely. It there any way i can make a 301 redirect using my htaccess to redirect to non amp pages?

    Reply
  72. Hi Gulshan,

    I was using amp using newspaper theme's provided amp support. It created amp pages with /?amp/ url pattern rather than /amp/. I am trying to remove amp now completely. It there any way i can make a 301 redirect using my htaccess to redirect to non amp pages?

    Reply
  73. Hi, i amp-ed my site few days ago, but none all of my is index in google page. However, it is still indexed in Google webmaster, showing all the errors.
    I have deactivated the amp plugin, will it affect SEO?

    Reply

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