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Google Not Indexing - Robots.txt (6 posts)

  1. jhoecannon
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    In the past 5 days, I created a new website using the Weaver II version 2.0 theme. While making the website, I had gone into WP Admin>Settings>Reading and I had checked the box that says "Discourage search engines from indexing this site".

    Two days ago, when I finished building this website, I went back to this box and unchecked it and saved my settings.

    Subsequently, I went to my Twitter account ant tweeted the new Url... I did this several times.

    Today, I went to Google Search and I searched for site:www.lendingpathmortgage.net

    Google responds by telling me:

    http://www.lendingpathmortgage.net/
    A description for this result is not available because of this site's robots.txt – learn more.

    So, I went into WP admin and checked to be sure that I had removed my check on the box that I talked about above... and, it was unchecked.

    Next, I went to my hosting account (Hostgator) and asked for their support. I told them about my problem and asked them to check my public_html file to be sure we werent blocking the url from the googlebots.

    The support team member later reported to me that he couldn't find any robots.txt file... which he said can sometimes be a problem... so, he created one. However, he said he didn't put anything in it.

    Several hours later, I went back to Google search and entered in site:www.lendingpathmortgage.net... I got the same response listed above.

    Does anybody know what may be wrong and how to fix this?

    Could this be a theme issue or is it a hosting platform issue?

    HELP... I'm lost!

  2. Lorenzo Orlando Caum
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    See the following link for an example of a robots.txt: http://codex.wordpress.org/Search_Engine_Optimization_for_WordPress#Robots.txt_Optimization

    Also, sharing a link on Twitter does not mean that your site will be instantly indexed.

    Take a look at this: http://moz.com/beginners-guide-to-seo

  3. jhoecannon
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    Lorenzo,

    Thanks... but your response doesn't answer any of my questions.

    Also, you're entirely correct... sharing a link on Twitter does not guarantee instant indexing... but, most of my experience has shown that you'll get indexed within a few minutes and no more than a few hours. The googlebots are all over Twitter.

    So... back to my questions:

    Does anybody know what may be wrong and how to fix this?

    Could this be a theme issue or is it a hosting platform issue?

  4. liton1980
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    This problem is usual because Google usually fetches the robots.txt file every 24 hours or something like that. So after you allowed search engines, don't expect that Google indexes your website immediately. Maybe it takes 2-3 days. But be sure that your website will be crawled by Google in the following days. I have seen this problem many times and don't worry about it at all.

  5. leejosepho
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    First, WordPress automatically provides a virtual robots.txt file your host would not have found anywhere, that virtual file is the one that is made unavailable when "Discourage search engines..." is checked, and then WordPress also stops providing a virtual robots.txt after you have added a real one and have un-checked the "Discourage..." box. If you ever want to see what the robots are seeing, just add robots.txt at the end of your site address...
    http://wordpress.org/robots.txt
    http://www.nnysandbox.net/robots.txt

    Having sitemap.xml listed in your robots.txt file can be a good idea, and in order to be able to do that, and if you have FTP or SFTP access for working with files at your server, your best bet is to install this plugin at your Dashboard...
    http://wordpress.org/plugins/search.php?q=Google+XML+Sitemaps
    ...and then go to Google Webmaster tools and get the verification file to be added in "root" at your site so you can use Webmaster Tools to see what Google is doing and seeing. If you do use that plugin, you should un-check its "Add sitemap URL to the virtual robots.txt file" to keep from confusing Google in relation to robots.txt. Also, that plugin will let you "Exclude the following posts or pages" so your sitemap will *not* include any pages (such as Login or whatever) that you do not need or want to have showing up in web searches.

  6. malingoransson
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    Hi all!

    I have the same problem. There is no robots.txt in my root-directory and I gett all 200 ok when i check the site. Still I se in webmastertools that googlebot is beeing blocked from my urk by robots.txt

    Cant get rid of it an have already waited a few days. Can it be anything else in the theme (besides the discourage box)?

    Very grateful for some help!

    malingoransson.se

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