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10/14/16
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zinixent

sitemap submission 403 error

I have installed Google XML Sitemaps and it have generated the sitemap fine and here's the sitemap URL: 

Also i have created a robots.txt file and here's the URL: 

When i went to Google Search Console to add the sitemap, it is giving me a Forbidden error. Here's screenshot: 

I have been retrying (resubmit and test) for over 24 hours but still it is giving error.

Also when I went to Robots.txt Tester, it also says 404 not found. Here's screenshot: 

Also when i tried to add the http://www.coupondeck.com (www version) it does not verify.

Can you pls help me solve this problem? 
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Rotary Steve
10/14/16
Rotary Steve
Hello,

This is an odd one.  I can load the sitemap and robots.txt files.  Both seem fine.  I have even tested with awsnap which is a html/response viewer and both files load fine when spoofing google/googlebot.

Of course the site is a non-www site as your www link above 301 redirects to the non-www site, but it would be nice to get the www site added and verified.  What does the console say when you try to verify the www version?

As to what is indexed, only the contact page is indexed.  Seems to be a thin content site to me... 
10/14/16
Original Poster
zinixent
Actually it's also giving me verification failed when i try to add the www version: http://prntscr.com/ctn2oq

and yesterday, before i added to webmaster tools, the only indexed page is the blank directory. Then a day after adding them to webmaster tools, i checked on the indexed and it's the contact page but that page havent existed even months ago before i rebuilt the site. so it seems it indexed a page that was there months ago. i suppose it should have index the latest page if the index list gets updated.
Rotary Steve
10/14/16
Rotary Steve
Hmm,

You seem to be blocking google somehow.  I am able to duplicate the 403 from google proper, via the pagespeed insights program, and the mobile friendly tester is a fail as well.

Maybe a firewall blocking google, or a goofy plugin, or your htaccess is hacked, but a lot of times, the htaccess file is controlled by plugin settings.
Rotary Steve
10/16/16
Rotary Steve
Hello Zinixent,

Just checking in on the website and still getting the 403 with pagespeed insights.  Any luck checking for this issue??
10/17/16
Original Poster
zinixent
thanks for helping out. I was able to check with hosting provider and yep it indeed have blocked google bot through htaccess on my topmost directory. it's solved now.
Rotary Steve
10/17/16
Rotary Steve
Hello zinixent,

That is excellent news!!!  Thanks for stopping back to let us know that the issue is resolved.  I have tested the site on the pagespeed insights and your site is coming through just fine now.  Also, the mobile friendly tester is working with your site now.  

Everything with the search console should be working now.  Sitemaps, robots.txt etc should be working.  Also, you will be able to add the www version of your site to the console...
Also, note that perhaps as your time allows, try to work on some of the points made via the Page Speed Insights report.  Every little improvement that you make on your site can help with your site's performance in search, etc...  Not likely that you will be able to make your site a perfect score in the Pagespeed report, but again all improvement that can be made helps out.  See the report for your site on Pagespeed Insights.

Steve
 
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