Help: Google Sitemap Issues

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  • #905350

    limberation
    Member

    Related question, I think. Just looked at my robots.txt file on Webmaster tools.

    What does the # MT section mean?

    # MT refugees
    User-agent: *
    Disallow: /cgi-bin/

    #905351

    beau
    Staff

    That’s a generic rule that we include that was originally added because people who migrate from MoveableType (MT) have a lot of things going on in /cgi-bin/. Since that directory doesn’t exist on WordPress.com, we just tell search bots up front so they don’t have to bother looking around for it.

    #905353

    limberation
    Member

    I was concerned that refugees may be being excluded for some reason, and given it is a central theme on my blog, that would be a problem!

    #905362

    justjennifer
    Moderator

    @beau/macmanx-Any connection between the fix here to the problem mentioned in this thread?
    https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/xml-rpc-dont-work-anymore?replies=2

    #905363

    raincoaster
    Member

    So does EVERY WP.com blogger have to go through this procedure?

    #905368

    holipompeli
    Member

    My sitemap seems to work again – no errors found – great! Unfortunately it takes a long time before the blog will be indexed by Google again. Hopefully I get my lost page rank back.

    Beau, macmanx, I’d like to understand what happened. My blog vanished from Google 23 – 24 May. Did something happen just then at your project (richer information) which affected all WP blogs? Did this have anything to do with my theme change a few days before? I just wonder if it’s too risky to change themes in the future.

    #905369

    @raincoaster, I would think, given the multi-user, shared environment here that, yes, everyone would have been affected by it.

    @holipompeli, how do you know it will be a long time before they index your site again? Generally after an error is corrected, then begin crawling again in just a short time. I’ve seen maybe 5 days, on the outside, in similar situations with client sites.

    #905370

    auxclass
    Member

    I had two out of three sites that I have put into Webmaster Tools had this fine “enhancement” blow out my sitemap’s – but the blog that did not have the error is a low traffic / low crawl rate that had not been crawled in a few days – I updated a Post just to be on the safe side.

    #905373

    raincoaster
    Member

    A solution for the lazy: perhaps manual pinging at Pingomatic will do it?

    #905417

    katochores
    Member

    Hey,

    My site is properly indexed for posts but not for mobile and images they are not indexed at all. How can i solve this issue?

    Thanks in advance

    #905435

    holipompeli
    Member

    Sitemap was fixed but there seems to be hardly any improvement in search results. What could have caused this? Richer information project? Theme change? Domain renewal? Hacking? Any solution?

    New strange errors detected / Google Webmaster tools:
    Pages with short meta descriptions
    Posts about $1XXXXXXX written by $2Array
    Posts about $1XXXXXXXX written by $2Array

    Please help, thank you!

    #905436

    timethief
    Member

    Hi there,
    I flagged this thread for Staff attention. Please be pateient while you wait.

    #905437

    macmanx
    Staff

    Thanks for the report, we’re looking into it.

    #905438

    limberation
    Member

    I think Google are having issues too – I got those SSL errors the other day, reported them to WP, next day the Google error messages had disappeared from the Messages on Webmaster Tools.

    #905439

    justjennifer
    Moderator

    Of the three sites I’ve submitted to Google, my primary site justjennifer is coming back with 2 XML warnings and 1 error. I’ve just added two screenshots to my Media Library.

    And perhaps not connected to sitemaps specifically, but on gammagirl there are 188 pages with a footer link to the theme designer’s website (triton lite-towfiqi) that are returning a 404 error. If you want screenshots I can add them. No XML errors/warnings there.

    #905441

    holipompeli
    Member

    @macmanx, do you have any news, comments on the issue? All info welcome!

    #905442

    macmanx
    Staff

    No news yet, we’re still looking into this. The folks who know how to fix this weren’t available over the weekend.

    #905444

    evansolomon
    Member

    The last issue above is now fixed (“Posts about $1blah written by $2Array”).

    The incorrect meta tags should have only been present on tag pages (e.g. /tag/my-tag-name). Please let us know if you’re still seeing it there, or if you’re seeing it anywhere else.

    Thanks.

    #905458

    holipompeli
    Member

    @evansolomon, staff…
    The issue is unfortunately not fixed. See a screen shot uploaded via Media as an example. As you can see the problem showing “only” on tag pages is not trivial. More errors were detected in GWT yesterday.

    I would very much appreciate if you could provide answers to my earlier questions under this topic. Did theme change cause this mess or what?

    Any solutions to get dropped rankings back? At least suggestions?

    Thank you.

    #905460

    evansolomon
    Member

    The erroneous text in the meta tags is fixed. You can look at one of those pages, like here, and view its source to see the current meta tags. Here’s what it says now:

    <meta name="description" content="Posts about Vanhaa Tamperetta written by holipompeli" />

    When Google re-indexes your site, the tags will be corrected.

    Did theme change cause this mess or what?

    This was unrelated to theme changes. It was a bug in a new feature across WordPress.com to help improve everyone’s search rankings with more descriptive meta tags. The bug has since been fixed, but that was the cause.

    the problem showing “only” on tag pages is not trivial

    I apologize if I suggested it was. I was trying to help everyone confirm the change by knowing where to look. We took it as seriously as you did, and fixed it as soon as we confirmed the problem.

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