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I did something to stop the googlebot from coming back (15 posts)

  1. maureenfrancis
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Last week I installed
    http://txfx.net/code/wordpress/enforce-www-preference/

    I assume it is no coincidence that google has not been able to spider my site since then. I just went in google webmaster tools and there are 404 errors for 321 pages. My traffic has fallen off. I uninstalled the plugin this morning and the resubmitted my sitemap but it is still getting an error message that google can't find my robots.txt file.

    OK, I am clueless and I should not be allowed to operate my own blog :-> Help, please. I have no idea what I am supposed to do to fix this.

  2. DianeV
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Unfortunately, since we can't read what's in your .htaccess, it's difficult to know how to respond.

  3. maureenfrancis
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I have tried to open that file and it seems to be empty.

  4. DianeV
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    What file are you referring to? The plugin?

    Do you have a robots.txt file?

  5. maureenfrancis
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I thought I did. But now I can't find it -robots.txt, I mean

    I tried to open htaccess. I uninstalled the plugin. Now I have made everything worse. Was just writing a new question.

  6. DianeV
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I don't know if you're still around, Maureen. However, a website does not *have* to have a robots.txt file; it's just there to tell search engines what not to spider.

    While it looks like you've fixed your blog, I'd also say that, as to enforcing www/non-www URLs, it's better to edit the .htaccess file directly than to use a plugin. My guess is that when you uninstalled the plugin, it affected the .htaccess, and so you got problems.

    Anyway, it does look like you've fixed it.

  7. maureenfrancis
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I fixed it but I lost signifcant traffic for some reason. I know you don't have to have a robots.txt file. I did not have one before I put in the plugin. Googlewebmaster tools was giving me an error message that there is no robots.txt file so I put one in and that resolved the error message and got google to spider again.

    How would I go about hiring someone knowledgeable to look at my .htaccess file to see where the problem is. My traffic is down considerably since I installed and unintsalled this plugin.

  8. Jonathan Landrum
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I don't think you need to hire anyone; some of the folks around here are quite knowledgeable of htaccess things. Do you have access to the file now? Is it still empty?

  9. maureenfrancis
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    It is not empty.

    it looks like this:

    # BEGIN WordPress
    <IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteBase /blog/
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
    RewriteRule . /blog/index.php [L]
    </IfModule>

    # END WordPress

  10. Jonathan Landrum
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I don't see any problem with it, assuming your site is in the /blog/ directory.

  11. maureenfrancis
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    My site is in the blog directory.

    Thanks.

    On the "options" page, my word press address (url) and my blog address (url) are both set as

    http://mioaklandcounty.com/blog

    I don't remember how they were set before I installed the plugin.

    My traffic has fallen of significantly since I installed and uninstalled and I don't know if something is still wrong. I did lose maybe a week and a half of being spidered.

  12. whooami
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    aside from the fact that you are running a version of wordpress that needs to be upgraded due to publicly available exploits...

  13. maureenfrancis
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Thank you. I just upgrading using the latest version my host has available. It is not the most current though.

  14. Jonathan Landrum
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    They won't let you upgrade it yourself? Also, are you "pinging" Google when you post? I know googlebot's aware of your site, but sometimes after a run-in with problems like you had it might be wary of visiting for a while. Throw out the welcome mat.

  15. maureenfrancis
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Yes, I am pinging google.

    I could upgrade it myself, but it scares me. Googlebot is definitely back now but my traffic seems so much lower than it was before.

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