Google webmaster tools - Severe health issues are found on your site

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Offline stableuser1966Topic starter

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I recently added some urls to the robots.txt to be blocked by the search engines, one of which is http://www.thebrazilianlanguage.com/about-this-site.htm, for the purpose of gaining some pr back to the home page. Now, when i go back to webmaster tools, there is a message there on the home page that says-

Severe health issues are found on your site. - Check site health

And, there where it says "Check site health", is a link, and if i click on it, it opens up a section of the page that says

  • Is robots.txt blocking important pages?  Some important page is blocked by robots.txt.
  • Malware detected? No malware detected.
  • Important pages removed? No important pages have been removed.

Where it says- "Some important page is blocked by robots.txt", there is a link there to my page- http://www.thebrazilianlanguage.com/about-this-site.htm. I know what this is telling me, i just want to make sure everything is ok with my robots.txt file. I have attached a copy of my robots.txt to this post.



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I hope you have already corrected this issue, if not here are my suggestions:
First of all, your robots.txt file should contain directives just for Googlebot like this

User-Agent: Googlebot
Disallow: whatever you want to disallow

also, it seems that you have read some seo information about page rank juice flowing to unimportant pages and you want to make sure you get the homepage ranking more so than others. But you need to know that you rank a keyword/phrase and if the pages you want Google to not rank complements your website, then don't worry too much about this factor, since you can target different keywords which you may not be able to on your homepage.
Also, it is strongly suggested to actually leave that page on your website (instead of permanent redirect, unless you kind of, have to) especially if you have links coming to that particular page from other websites which you have no control over (Google ranking factors, dislikes page not found when there are links from all over page) But having said all this, please keep in mind that, your needs may be different for your own website.
I hope this helps
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I believe i got the issue resolved, but i thank you for that info. I actually did remove that particular page from robots.txt, and then i just re-structured my pages to get better pr flow.

 

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