I have a site, which is doing OK on Google, but I'm afraid we could be stopping the site from doing better.
Somewhere along the development process we had a mix-up between whether the restaurant reviews on our site were to be at, for example, review.php?id=123 or reviews.php?id=123 - note the absence/presence of the 's'.
So we opted for one of them, which was the review.php?id=123 format and stuck with it. We then noticed that Google had indexed some restaurant reviews using the reviews.php?id=123 format, much to our horror, as it was resulting in 404s.
We responded by adding to our robots.txt file the following:
So Google stopped listing reviews.php?id=123 on the search returns, and all was well.
However, in Google Webmaster Tools, some 3 months after adding the above to robots.txt, I'm seeing today "URLs restricted by robots.txt (41)", and thereunder are listed 41 URLs (right up to yesterday's date), with reviews.php?id=123 format addresses.
Am I losing traffic from Google as a result of this?
Have I handle this correctly?
And is there anything I can do?
Appreciate the help of my peers. Thank you kindly.