My apologies if this posting looks a little cluttered, but you will see why as you go through the posting itself. I logged into my Google Webmasters account this morning to find the following note associated with one of my domains: “Sitemap not allowed”
I never saw that message before and so I clicked on the available help link to find the following:
Check to see if there’s a conflict between how you listed your site in your Google webmaster tools account and what you specified as the preferred domain for this site.
I then went back into my Google Webmasters account to check what I had specified (I always use “www.”). Right on the summary page it confirmed my initial feeling: “You have specified www.webhostingreport.com as the preferred domain for this site. “ Then I did a site lookup and it shows “www.” as the main domain for my site. So, I went to the “Sitemaps” tab in Google Webmasters and saw the following:
You have specified http://www.webhostingreport.com/ as the preferred domain for this site. You can submit a Sitemap from the Sitemaps tab for www.webhostingreport.com
Well, that is interesting as I am already in the sitemaps tab. So, what is wrong with the sitemap and how the site shows up in Google Webmasters?
Further investigation shows the following:
Googlebot last successfully accessed your home page on Jan 19, 2007.
That is concerning and so I checked my website stats and to my (not) surprise Google Bot visits my website daily and has pulled over 2 GB this month alone already. So, what is going on here? Is Google Webmasters giving me the wrong information or is my website having a problem? From my point of view I have not seen problems, but as a webmaster I should not wait until something breaks. So, I will contact Google and hopefully get a response out of them.