Problems mounting up on Google Search Console.

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  1. Adam Harkus profile image60
    Adam Harkusposted 3 years ago

    What's going on with my Hubpage on Google Search Console ?

    Everything was working fine. I'd uploaded a sitemap (/sitemaps/hub/current/sitemap-hub-adamharkus.xml.gz), with no errors, but now I'm getting the error :

    General HTTP error: HTTP 403 error (Forbidden) HTTP Error: 403

    my robots.txt file starts with the following lines:

    Sitemap: … _index.xml
    Sitemap: … _index.xml
    Sitemap: … _index.xml
    Sitemap: … _index.xml
    Sitemap: … _index.xml

    is this correct?

    It also has a warning flagged on line 61:

    Crawl-Delay: 5

    Also my crawl stats have also bottomed out after a good start.

    'Fetch as google' has also started throwing up an error with a status of 'Redirected'

    What is going on with Hubpages ?

    1. Susana S profile image95
      Susana Sposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Hubpages recently changed the site structure and moved all the subdomains back to the main domain. That means you can't use google search console anymore. That's why you're seeing all the errors.

      You can still use google analytics.

  2. Adam Harkus profile image60
    Adam Harkusposted 3 years ago

    Thank you, that's what I feared. If you can't submit a sitemap won't that mean reduced traffic? I'll post a separate question on this.

    1. Susana S profile image95
      Susana Sposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Not having submitted a sitemap will not in itself cause a reduction in traffic (HubPages will have submitted one for the whole site anyway), but the change in structure definitely can cause initial traffic losses.

      Then there's the suspected google panda update just to confuse things further.

      Everyone's in a wait and see frame of mind at the mo....including HP management.

  3. Adam Harkus profile image60
    Adam Harkusposted 3 years ago

    That sounds ominous. Thanks very much for the info, sounds like a whole lot of nothing we can do about it.

    1. Susana S profile image95
      Susana Sposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      You're welcome smile Hopefully it'll just take a while for things to settle down.

      There's more info in this thread --->


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