I am 61 and rather un-tech-savvy to say the least. Here goes.
I've switched from Blogger to WP last week. Now I'm worried it was a huge mistake. I've got the site up, it looks fine, at http://www.spirituality-and-religion.com . Here's the problem. I've been blogging for years and have hundreds of old posts. People google topics and my posts often come up and I've been getting lots of traffic on Blogger. Now I have none. If I google, for instance, "Plato Ship Cort" (Cort is my name) one of the top listings is an old post of mine called "Plato's Parable of the Ship". But when I click the listing, I get a "PAGE NOT FOUND" notice. So no one finds my info anymore!
Bluehost Tech support says its a Google issue, thay can't help me. They did suggest I go to Google Webmaster Tools and "Request a Reconsideration". I did this, though (1) the site says that a 'reconsideration' is about getting them to let you back online after they've punished you for breaking their guidelines (I didn't, that's not the issue), and (2) anyway they say it can take Weeks before they act on my request. Meanwhile, my site is essentially useless!
However. When I got to the Webmaster Tools page they had a Message waiting for me! Here's what it says (I've copied their entire message in bold):
http://www.spirituality-and-religion.com/: Googlebot can't access your site
August 16, 2012
Over the last 24 hours, Googlebot encountered 59 errors while attempting to access your robots.txt. To ensure that we didn't crawl any pages listed in that file, we postponed our crawl. Your site's overall robots.txt error rate is 100.0%.
You can see more details about these errors in Webmaster Tools.
If the site error rate is 100%:
Using a web browser, attempt to access http://www.spirituality-and-religion.com//robots.txt. If you are able to access it from your browser, then your site may be configured to deny access to googlebot. Check the configuration of your firewall and site to ensure that you are not denying access to googlebot.
If your robots.txt is a static page, verify that your web service has proper permissions to access the file.
If your robots.txt is dynamically generated, verify that the scripts that generate the robots.txt are properly configured and have permission to run. Check the logs for your website to see if your scripts are failing, and if so attempt to diagnose the cause of the failure.
So I went to http://www.spirituality-and-religion.com//robots.txt, and this is what it says"
Please understand, I haven't a clue what they're talking about, and can't believe I can't call a tech number for WP support or Google support, and that Bluehost can't help me after all the money I've sent them for 3 years of hosting.
I have a bit more info. A page on google tells me this:
If your site has content you don't want Google or other search engines to access, use a robots.txt file to specify how search engines should crawl your site's content.
Check to see that your robots.txt is working as expected. (Any changes you make to the robots.txt content below will not be saved.)
Blocked URLs Downloaded Status
http://www.spirituality-and-religion.com/robots.txt 2,442 Aug 13, 2012 200 (Success)
http://www.spirituality-and-religion.com/robots.txt content - edit to test changes
User-agent: * Disallow: /~spiriuj3/wp-admin/ Disallow: /~spiriuj3/wp-includes/
URLs Specify the URLs and user-agents to test against.
I don't know why this robot.txt thing is there. I don't want to block google from finding my posts. I'm thinking that maybe WP put this there to block people from finding my EDITING info, but somehow It has blocked everything!
Can anyone help me??????