We have seen that the WordPress community has grown big and so the people who are looking to monetize their sites have also expanded. Earlier, it was a given that someone who runs a WordPress website would like to monetize their website using Google’s AdSense but that has now changed. People are using other ad platforms which can give similar results to AdSense since Google has been lethargic in their approval process of late and there are other reasons too. However, the problem with lesser-known networks is that they might have issues that cause your website’s ranking to drop or have other problems in security.
One such issue has been found inside a popular ad platform known as Mediavine inside their WordPress plugin called Grow by Mediavine. It is reported that some of the websites that had this plugin lost their rankings as well as Google carousels. Others lost their rich result images from the search platform and they didn’t know why it happened. However, it is now known that this happened due to a conflict between Mediavine’s plugin and the Yoast plugin used by millions for SEO.
When one plugin interferes with the settings of another plugin, it is called a conflict and the same took place here as well. Mediavine explained that:
“If you are running our WordPress Grow plugin (formerly Social Pug) and updated to either version 2.12.1 or 2.12.2 in the past couple of days, please update your Grow plugin to 2.12.3 ASAP.
Version 2.12.1 caused CSS display issues in some instances when optimization plugins like WP Rocket and Autoptimize were also running on the site.
For Grow users that are also using the WP Recipe Maker plugin, Grow versions 2.12.1 and 2.12.2 have the potential to impact rich snippets because of the way that data is output through Yoast in the head of pages.
Our 2.12.3 release corrects this issue, and it is important to update to the most recent version to resolve this potential conflict on your site as soon as possible.”
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