Support » Plugin: iThemes Security (formerly Better WP Security) » Locking Google Bot, Bing Bot, Yahoo Bot, Alexa Bot, and Rank dropped with sales!

  • The funniest thing that I bought the Pro version for 2 sites, since 6+ months my websites (which include the pro plugin) has dropped significantly due to blocking important bots like I mentioned in the title (Locking Google Bot, Bing Bot, Yahoo Bot, Alexa Bot, and Rank dropped with sales! by IP.

    I used to receive daily messages from Google Webmaster tools: says:
    1- Googlebot found an increase in authorization permission errors on jodyshop.com.
    2- Googlebot couldn’t crawl your URL.
    3- Your server either requires authentication to access the page
    4- Your server Blocking Googlebot from accessing your site.

    And they are 100% true. Also, I found tons of:
    – 404 not found (pages and posts already exist).
    – Soft 404.
    – 403.

    I contacted the support team and nothing new they can provide to help to resolve the case! So, I decided to keep it for a final workout and whitelist important bots manually.

    I found myself had to add tons of bots daily to whitelist them until I tired of such never end action! after searched for Google that there is (no way) to whitelist all Google Bots IP’s.

    Finally, I deleted it… What happened after uninstall?

    1- My rank and sales increased dramatically in a short time.
    2- My pages get found by Google and other important search engines.
    3- My sales and referrals increased by 300% (after everything gets locked).

    I can prove my words (one by one) with screenshots of locked bots and issues with consoles of popular search engines.

    • This topic was modified 1 month, 4 weeks ago by  jodyshop.
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