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    Robots.txt issue : Severe health issues are found in your property


    Hello,

    I checked my Sem Rush this morning and I saw an important drop in my ranking.
    Google search console is writing : "Severe health issues are found in your property".
    When clicking on "Is robots.txt blocking important pages?" it shows that my homepage was the problem.

    This is a wordpress.

    I immediately changed the Robots.txt from :
    User-agent: *
    Disallow: /wp-admin/
    Disallow: /wp-includes/
    Disallow: */feed
    Disallow: /wp-content/themes/twimm
    Disallow: /category/
    Sitemap: https:// www. twimm.fr/sitemap.xml

    to:
    User-agent: *
    Disallow:
    Sitemap: https:// www. twimm.fr/sitemap.xml

    What I don't understand is that my robots file was working perfectly fine (2 weeks ago). At least I suppose....

    Can you confirm that it should solve the problem ? Or is there something else that I don't see ?

    Thank you very much for your kind help !

    Benjamin
    Last edited by aleluja; Mar 15th, 2017 at 04:36 AM.
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    I am always amused when I see people struggling with robots.txt.
    99% of the time the file should just contain the following.

    User-agent: *
    Disallow:

    The issue is that it only effect compliant crawl bots, there are many out there that will completely ignore your request and crawl the areas you don't want them to anyway assuming they can. The only reason I can think of why you would want to block some areas of your site is if your having crawl budget issues or there is a technical issue that you cant control and need to prevent google visiting.

    Things like wp-admin etc are sat behind security so unless google or others are logged in then your normal site security should prevent them access.
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