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Re: [newtech-1] FYI WordPress stuff...Bad Behavior Plugin Blocking GoogleBot and MSB Bot

From: Anthony Z.
Sent on: Thursday, November 29, 2012 3:00 PM
Thanks, Maria. That is helpful.


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On Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 1:02 PM, Maria Campbell <[address removed]> wrote:
FYI: the link below are comments that people left on bad behavior about being blocked out of their own sites, etc. Perhaps it might be useful?

http://bad-behavior.ioerror.us/about/

On Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 12:26 PM, Jonathan Jaffe <[address removed]> wrote:
Thank you Tony. Very useful.

Also learned the hard way: when a site blocked comes back into Google's index, Google will take an additional two weeks to regenerate the snippets (short descriptions under each search results), which will temporarily say that the site is blocked by robots.txt even though clicking the result brings up the page just fine and Webmaster Tools says it is in the index. This is something new (and very frustrating) with Google. To avoid that problem (a) try to tag your data with microdata (schema.orghttp://support.google.com/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=176035&topic=1088472&ctx=topic (b) using WebMaster Tools resubmit the individual pages.



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On Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 11:56 AM, Anthony Zeoli <[address removed]> wrote:
Hi everyone,

Just thought I'd let everyone know that for some reason that I have yet to uncover, the very popular Bad Behavior plugin for WordPress that prevents spam bots from registering on your site and inserting comment spam is also blocking Googlebot and MSN's bot, which I believe is BING's bot.

Why is this important? Well, because if the plugin starts blocking the bots from crawling your site, then Google will not only stop crawling your site, it will completely drop your site from search.

How do I know this? I found out the hard way. After upgrading Bad Behvior sometime in October, I just thought I'd go on my merry way and still be blocking those nasty spam bots. Well, I Googled Netmix the other day and nada. Nothing. Netmix is only showing up for my social media accounts, when it was numero uno in search.

I checked my Google Webmaster Tools account, which showed that I had some serious issues. Thinking it was CloudFlare, I turned on/off the service, but that wasn't it. Some people were having issues with CloudFlare and Googlebot in 2011, but they seem to have since been resolved. That being said, it's wise to make sure you're still okay here if you're using CloudFlare. I'm using it, but after more testing, that was not the issue.

When I ran the FETCH domain service in GWT, I got an error with the header stating something about "Bad Behavior." I was thinking..."Bad behavior, huh?" Then I realized that Bad Behavior was turned on. I went in, turned it off and boom, the FETCH service connected and I was able to resubmit Netmix.

Who knows how long this ill take to get re-listed. Watching and waiting.

Hope that helps some of you using WordPress and Bad Behavior.

As an alternative, I'm using Wordfence, which is a much more advanced service. It comes with a cost, but it's certainly worth it. I'm also using CloudFlare, so that should certainly protect me as well.




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