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Warning - Google Pagespeed

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by MisterTwister, Jul 31, 2013.

  1. MisterTwister

    MisterTwister Regular Member

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    I decided to try google pagespeed on my clients website. After testing the site everyhting seemed to be working fine. Two months have passed.

    Today I decided to google the company name to find the website had vanished from serps. I went straight to webmaster tools which required me to verify the owner of the site again despite it working for years.

    To my horror I found out that google had been unable to fetch pages due to 403 errors - although the website was working in browsers using the www. prefix. Unfortunately I discovered that non www. was producing 403. Goodle has deindexed many of the pages including the home page! This website had excellent serps and is 15 years old!

    I have now stopped using the pagespeed service and the website is working fine for both www and non www.

    I have pinged the pages and googlebot is visiting again.

    My question is will the serps recover and if so how long will this take? Is all my hard work on the site now wasted?
     
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    Endire Elite Member Premium Member

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    MisterTwister,

    This may take a while for you to recover but on the plus side, you may realize higher ranking faster. Its hard to say how long it will take.

    Very odd that you had such an issue with it. Did you ever find out what happened exactly? I would try contacting Google and let them know what has happened to see if they will expedite the process for you.

    Best,

    Shawn
     
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    Scripteen Elite Member

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    I can't recall an option in pagespeed that affects accessing website with or without www. Anyway you can resolve this with htaccess file.
     
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  4. Andrew Scherer

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    How did your htaccess get messed up?
     
  5. MisterTwister

    MisterTwister Regular Member

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    I had asked my hosting provider to change the Dns settings for pagespeed I have a feeling something was changed there that prevented www access. The htaccess file has as far as I know not been touched. Also the RSS feed has stopped working on the homepage. Not sure at all what is going on. I do know that it started the exact day the dns servers were updated. If someone who understands more about this wants to take a closer look pm me and I will give the URL. I am happy to pay someone to check my htaccess and dns settings to ensure I have this set up right.

    Thanks all for your advice.
     
  6. MisterTwister

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    Just an update on this issue.

    Website is back with no loss of rankings and there has even been a small increase for some competitive keywords.

    I have lost some of the sitelinks but the ones that are showing are much more relevant so I would consider this an improvement.

    Problems could only have been caused by the pagespeed service as I have simply turned it off.
     
  7. TZ2011

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    I don't see how the pagespeed service can do anything to site, it's just a crawler that fetch page and relevant files and measure speed, checking and suggesting compressing, minifying etc .
    Anyway, gtmetrix.com can show better detailed report and it's using google pagespeed and yahoo Yslow so you can see same data measured and rated differently (they have different priorities for some factors) , compare and fix what you need to fix.
     
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  9. Emp1!

    Emp1! Junior Member

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    He is talking about PageSpeed Service (not the crawler to get a score) which is rewriting some of your website content to render it faster.
    This free service is not working very well in my opinion at this moment. Plus, it does not support non "www" website, which is uber-dumb...
     
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  10. MisterTwister

    MisterTwister Regular Member

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    Yes the issue appears to be pagespeed service not delivering content correctly. I must admit I don't fully understand the service other than the basics but I have not changed the DNS settings just disabled the service and now the site works.
     
  11. Emp1!

    Emp1! Junior Member

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    When Yoast reviewed CDN and the like, he advised to not use Google PageSpeed for the moment.

    You can use it for 50 websites for FREE which is amazing, but it is not finished. So wait a little...
    Me, I can not use it since it does not support non www URL (dumb design decision).
     
  12. TerryMeshon

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    I have been using pagespeed service for about 4 months on one of my websites and so far so good.