joined:Sept 24, 2019
We recently merged an ecommerce site into another, and all the configs and redirect instructions on the webserver level were set up correctly. 302 first to test, and then 301.
Since we used a tool to trigger a message to the users redirected and landing on the new page, we had to include UTM-parameters. This also to analyze the redirected traffic coming in.
https://www.oldpage.com --> (301) https://www.newpage.com/?utm_source=old-page&utm_medium=referral
Now what we forgot, is that our robots.txt on both sites had the following instruction
And suddenly we were blocked in Search Console. We now have added Allow-instructions, so everything seems to be OK.
Million-dollar question is how much do you think we will suffer from this mistake? We merged September 2nd and discovered the error Sept 23rd. So that's 3 weeks of "off the grid" for a great e-commerce domain ranking high on a huge amount of keywords in our marked.
Thanks a lot in advance.