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Blocks Googlebots, Destroys Traffic! (1 post)

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  1. nr56
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    Posted 1 year ago #

    Initially really liked this plugin, until I noticed one week too late that it was blocking googlebots and had destroyed my keyword rankings. My traffic is now 1/4 of what it used to be. Googlebots are crawling again after I removed the plugin, but hard to say how long it will take to regain traffic. Other similar complaints:

    http://wordpress.org/support/topic/plugin-better-wp-security-better-wp-blocking-googlebot?replies=6#post-3811646

    Also multiple readers alerted me that they were being automatically logged in to one of my admin accounts after I installed this. Could be a very useful plugin but unfortunately has a dangerous downside and should be avoided.

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