I’ve been looking into the Bad Behavior WordPress plugin to help stop some of the spam comments that I’ve been getting. Turns out, it made things horribly worse.
I’m not sure why, but the plugin decided to block Google bot. By the time I noticed, the damage had been done and my visitor stats are falling at a rapid rate. I’m getting 1/3rd of the traffic I was last week and it continues to go down.
I’ve removed the plugin and am now eagerly awaiting Google bot to come back and index my content. I don’t know how long it’ll take to recover, but I’m hoping not to long.
This is just a good reminder to always be checking your stats. Even if you’re just looking at the overview, if things begin to tank, find out why!
It’s also good to note that I’m not seeing this issue on other blogs that I’m running. Not sure why this one is different, but I’m keeping a close eye on them all.