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Sitemaps Bug: "Googlebot has successfully accessed your home page"

Sitemaps reports to successfully access a 404ed domain...

     
3:35 pm on Aug 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

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For almost 8 months now I've an authority non-english press site that has been dropped out of the top 1000 in Google. It is recovering very SLOWLY however it is FAR from what it was: today I receive 550 referers/day from Google while 8 months ago I was receiving 5500 referers/day.

One of the curious things that happened is a PR split in the homepage: my site homepage was PR5 while disabled old domains were PR0; now my site homepage is PR2 like the disabled old domains homepages. Some details regarding the disabled old domains: 1 old domain is 404ing robots and 301ing page-to-page regular browsers to he actual domain; the other old domain is 301ing page-to-page both robots and regular browsers.

Some moments ago I've decided to add the old domains to my Sitemaps account (without verifying those domains as they are disabled) so maybe the "brand new" Webmaster Tools should provide us any extra information... and in fact it did!

I found out that all the domains were reporting this "Googlebot has successfully accessed your home page. Last crawl date: Aug 6, 2006". Both the 301ed domain and the 404ed domain are reporting that! I also found out that the 301ed domain "robots.txt analysis" is showing the actual domain robots.txt as its own while the 404ed domain "robots.txt analysis" is reporting a 404 error. (Yes, the 301ed domain robots.txt is being 301ed to the actual domain. Should I change that by a 404 error?)

I've checked the HTTP headers and everything is working as expected. How can this be possible?

Have you ever noticed such behaviour?

6:19 pm on Aug 14, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Come on guys! I'm sure I'm not the only one with this problem...
6:33 pm on Aug 14, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Google successfully accessed
HTTP 500 - Internal Server Error" error ...
Got this one.
6:52 pm on Aug 14, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I'm noticing I haven't mentioned this message "Googlebot has successfully accessed your home page. Last crawl date: Aug 6, 2006" is a Sitemaps "indexing summary" you find in Diagnostic>>Summary.

SEOPTI, do you confirm that message is an "indexing summary" in your Sitemaps' Diagnostic>>Summary regarding a non-working domain (returning error code 500/internal server error)?

[edited by: Vampster at 6:53 pm (utc) on Aug. 14, 2006]

 

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