Check your ROBOTS.TXT file is not undermining SEO
Prior to Joomla! 3.3.0 the robots.txt file distributed with the Joomla! CMS was configured slightly differently to later versions of the Joomla! CMS.
When Joomla! 3.3.0 was released, the configuration of the robots.txt file changed to improve the performance of Joomla! websites in mobile search results.
The change resulted in search bots no longer being denied access to the following directories:
Reason: to improve SEO
Why should you check?
If your website started life using a version of the Joomla! CMs prior to Joomla! 3.3.0, you will need to manually change the robots.txt file.
Reason: the robots.txt file was not automatically updated when updating from an older version of Joomla!
How can you change the robots.txt file?
You can edit the robots.txt file via the File Manager screen of your Hosting Control Panel.
XML Site Maps and the robots.txt file
If your website has one or more XML site maps then we also recommend that you add references to them in the robots.txt file to help the search engine bots find them.
WYNCHCO Joomla! CMS Support
We coach, help and support managers with responsiblity for Joomla! websites in organisations across Cheshire, Manchester, Merseyside, North West England and the UK.
Whilst Wynchcote Limited can offer advice for how to improve your search engine ranking, we do not offer any guarantees that your rankings will improve as a result of this advice.