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Derek
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March 3, 2015 - 8:59 pm
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Hi Rick, 

I have a number of fairly basic WordPress/Thesis sites most of which have a BYOB skin which are hosted on Host Gator and have, over the last few days, received emails (copy attached) from Google on 5 of the sites headed “Googlebot can’t access your site”.  I have done nothing to tweek these sites in ages. All sites have been trouble free to date – some for several years without any such errors. I have been in touch with Host Gator who were unable to assist with an explanation.

Are you aware of any recent changes that have been made by Google/Wordpress/Thesis in the last week or so which would have caused the problem please and is there a global fix? 

Many Thanks

Derek

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Derek I have never seen an email like that and my suspicion is that it is a phishing attempt.

Do not use the link in the page to access your webmaster tools account.  Go there directly and see if WT is reporting access errors.

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Hi Rick,

Thanks – it looks like it is real problem as errors are showing on most sites in Google Analytics – all sites are Thesis 2.x bar one old Thesis 1.x.   Host Gator say it is not a hosting issue but I am not convinced.

In searching on what my be causing the problem it seems that it may possibly be due to a need to convert to a new Google Analytics asynchronous tracking code ???? – http://blog.deepbluesky.com/bl…..de_134/. 

I also see that there is something called Universal Analytics – http://www.lunametrics.com/blo…..ics-guide/ plus Google Tag manager – http://www.google.com/tagmanag…..arted.html and WordPress tag mangers https://wordpress.org/plugins/duracelltomi-google-tag-manager/ which I thought were pretty much unnecessary for a simple Wordpress/Thesis 2.x/BYOB Carta site!

Have you any advice on a fool proof means of finding and removing old Google codes/tags on a WordPress/Thesis site so it can be replaced with  new asynchronous tracking code if this is the actual cause of the problem?

Many thanks.

Derek

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Hi Rick,

 

Looks like it may have been a Host Gator issue that they would not admit to or did not know about as all sites seem to be back to normal now with no Robots.txt fetch errors – most with a similar profile to below:Robots.PNGImage Enlarger

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I’m glad it’s working and I’m glad the email wasn’t a scam.

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