Hi everyone. In this post i am talking about my horrible experience with Godaddy shared hosting. I will tell you how Godaddy hosting can kill your online business in just few days without your knowledge and they will never accept what they did.
Here are the details of issues with Godaddy hosting servers:
The firewall settings or some other settings on servers of Godaddy sometimes start redirecting the Google bots to some non-existing paths of your website. This usually happens when the traffic load on your website or on your shared server is increased by certain limit. The normal user or human visitor will be able to browse and see your website pages accurately and there will be no errors seen. But what happens when Google bot visits your website?
When Google bot tries to fetch your pages, they are redirected to these types of URLs like http://yourwebsitename.com/CBGXM/ or http://yourwebsitename.com/yourwebsitepage/XNMI/ etc. Of course these URLs don’t exist on your website. If Google bots see these redirects again and again, it is assumed by Google bots that you have no content on your website pages and your website pages including sitemaps are redirected to some wrong paths.
As Google cannot keep blank websites or website with no content, your website ranking starts decreasing. If you will not resolve this issue, your website will be out of index after few more days. As a result your online business will be collapsed in few days and most of the time you will never know what happened to your website.
Response of Godaddy Technical Team:
When you will ask the Godaddy team about these nasty 302 redirect errors they will deny and will blame your website settings and they will try to assure you that are not blocking any Google bots on their servers.
How to detect the problem?
You can only detect this issue if you daily visit your webmaster tools section and check for any errors. If you see the errors like 302 redirect errors or Redirect error or moved temporarily errors then you must take immediate actions to resolve the issue. Sometimes you will see the error for sitemaps like Sitemaps cannot be loaded or Sitemaps not found. The interesting thing is that when you will try to browse your website pages or sitemaps they will be opened to you successfully but you will still be seeing error messages in webmaster tools.
Use Google Fetchbot Tool to Detect This Issue:
In Webmaster tools there is a section called Fetch as Googlebot. Use this tool and try to fetch your website pages. If you are seeing 200 OK messages with no redirections then all is OK. But if you see the redirect paths like http://youwebsite.com/XXXX/ with 302 redirect code, then it is confirmed that your website is under attack.
How to Resolve This Issue?
In my honest opinion and experience, the only solution to this problem is change host. Move from Godaddy hosting and buy some other hosting service. I think hostgator is a good USA alternate with no such issues. Why i recommend Hostgator is because they have very good customer service and they really try to resolve your issue without cheating you and i have not experienced these nasty 302 redirect errors with Hostgator hosting.