AVH First Defense Against Spam
Plugin blocked Google-Bot (3 posts)

  1. Ameisenman
    Posted 3 years ago #

    The plugin blocked the Google Bot from indexing my website. I recognized that only as I looked in my Webmastertools and I got a bunch of 404's. Allthough all sites were accessable for me, the Google Bot was blocked. I am not sure what settings were responsible for that as I directly deleted the plugin to prevent further damage to the website and it's rankings.

  2. petervanderdoes
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #

    If the IP of the Google bot exists in the 3rd party's database it could potentially be blocked. Although I never experienced it myself it's not impossible.

    That said the plugin doesn't produce the HTTP response code 404. If a spammer is caught the response code 500 is returned. Getting a bunch of 404's in the Webmaster tools might indicate a different problem.

    It's a shame we can't try to solve the issue now as you, understandably, tried to solve the 404 problem.

  3. Ameisenman
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Yes, I am really sorry! But after deactivating the plugin, the GoogleBot came back and all was good.

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