Hello, back once again with another question! :)
This time... those blocked resources!!

I am trying to make since of this, I have been for quite some... and can't find any good training on it. I have 9 pages with blocked resources... all of them include my affiliate ads. I don't want to remove them, because well... they are linking to my affiliates. I have switched them out numerous times and I still have this problem, no matter what affiliate it is, it always seems to happen again.

In fact I just checked again... and it is ALL of my ads that are doing this. They are not to the same affiliate, and I just do not get it.... has this whole time, my site has been blocked in some way? If I have to go through every single page and remove my links, that defeats the purpose of all this. What can I do?

Also, If a post/page has a blocked resource does that mean it is not going to show up in google at all?

Thanks for any type of help you may be able to offer.
~Jen

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ThomasPaul Premium Plus
Is your website https? Are the banners using a http url?
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LaurieB73 Premium
I'm not sure if these questions were for me or for Jen, but both my website and the affiliate banner links are https.
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LaurieB73 Premium
I've been having the same issues. It doesn't matter who the affiliate banner ads are from; it causes blocked resources. Have you figured out what to do and had any luck fixing the issues? It makes it almost impossible to add affiliate banners to your site if they're going to cause problems. Very frustrating.
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Boothe Premium
sounds like a theme issue to me... try changing the theme and see what happens
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LaurieB73 Premium
OK. I will check this out. I didn't realize that a theme could cause an issue with affiliate banners.
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TravelCarrot Premium
Still dealing with the frustrations of this one... curious to know how much exactly leaving a blocked resource hinders indexing or rankings? I've read conflicting information on how greatly it may or may not ... it only makes sense that it would because it is essentially interfering with googlebots, but I don't understand how I can't find more information on this out there... I'm wondering do that many people really still not know much about this. Someone should do some training on this one, because here, I am stumped. Or maybe once I figure it out, I will do the training ;)
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my1onBunny Premium
Yeah, I'm going through the same thing with one of the advertising platforms I've used for about 8 years. I cam advertise the main WA links (even though even those were rejected a couple times - then went thru.

The big snafu is with my actual blog address. The software won't accept it no matter what I do. I traced it down to a "security issue", or something with WordPress. I haven't looked into it further yet today, but I'm one to do everything I can before I contact support.

Contact me directly and I'll let you know if I've fixed the problem and if I have, I'll post it generally so everyone can benefit.

Paul
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TravelCarrot Premium
Hi Paul, thanks for your reply. Since it is blocking your actual URL, have you looked to make sure somehow you haven't accidentally put out a "no index" for your site? Check in your WP dashboard for this to be sure....

Settings > Reading > Search Engine Visibility... and make sure box is not "checked"

I've just learned from someone else that sometimes this gets inadvertently "checked", maybe this is your issue? I could be wrong, you may have already looked there.. just trouble shooting for you...

I've also learned that we should be able to update the robots.txt file if we are the host, but if it is an affiliate link then its obviously to a host that is not our own, which is out of our hands. Today I have contacted 2 of my affiliates to see if they could update their ads so that the Google bots can render them properly.

I will PM you and see if you have had any luck resolving this issue.
~Jen
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MoritzS Premium
Hi,
how are you finding those blocked resources?
Are you using a tool?

Are you using an ad blocker?

Let me know and I will try to get behind this problem.
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TravelCarrot Premium
Hi Moritz and thanks for your reply.

I am viewing them via GWT Search Console.
Under Google Index > Blocked Resources

I am not using an ad blocker, is that something I need?
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MoritzS Premium
Hey,

tricky situation. I just had a look at my site and I have loads of blocked resources, too.
And it is from banners/ads/affiliate links, too.

I think the only thing we can do is contact the ad provider and ask him to make his ads accessible for the Google bots.
I doubt we can do this ourselves.
https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/6153277

For now I removed the banner and two links that were causing the problems on my site.
Didn't get that many clicks through them anyways.

An ad blocker is a browser plugin. If you install it, you don't see most ads anymore.
It has nothing to do with your website.
Just with how you see websites.

Moritz
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TravelCarrot Premium
Hey Moritz, thank you so much for investigating this for me. Strange that the Google bots would "flag" the resources in this way... but this is helpful info. I will look into seeing if I can get more google-friendly ads. Frustrating, nonetheless!

Thank you again :)
Jen
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