The warning says that Google systems have recently detected an issue with various websites’ homepage. This issue is affecting how well Google algorithms can render and index the content on these websites.
Previous Warnings match up with the New GWT Notification
- In 2012, the head of Google’s Webspam team, Matt Cutts, told webmasters not to block the files
Google is now making sure their warning message gets across to webmasters and SEOs via email and the Search Console.
Now That you have the Alert, What’s Next?
Secondly, this is not a penalty notification. It is simply a warning that if Google is unable to see your entire website, the consequence may be poorer rankings for your site.
A recent Twitter forum discussion noted that many WordPress sites that received this notification are blocking their ‘include files’ by default.
While the repercussions for this default option may sound atrocious, there is quite an easy fix for the problem. You can save your site by implementing the fix in a simple manner.
If you want to address the issue on your own, use the Fetch and Render tool for an in-depth diagnosis of the issue.
Here is what you can do
The email notification comes with a list of guidelines on how you can fix this problem. That may be your first alternative. Simply follow the instructions provided in that email to diagnose the issue.
At the same time, you can pick the above advice to use the fetch and render tool within the Google Webmaster Tools to learn what Google is able or unable to see.
Editing your website’s robots.txt file
Assuming that you are at ease editing the robots.txt file, look for the following code lines:
- Disallow: /.css$*
- Disallow: /.php$*
- Disallow: /.js$*
- Disallow: /.inc$*
Your option is to remove these codes, which are preventing Googlebot from rendering your site the way human users see it.
After removing the codes, the next step involves running your site through the Fetch and Render Google tool. This will help you ascertain whether the problem has been fixed.
But, if after deleting the code, Googlebot is still unable to access your files, then you should seek the assistance of a web development company. Hiring a professional web developer may seem expensive at the onset, but it’s a great way of saving costs in the long run.
A good web development company will do more than solve the current problem. They can also help improve your online visibility and brand awareness among your target audience, which really is an excellent investment rather than an expense.