Cross Check SEO’s Search Engine Visibility & Robots.txt Monitoring & Email Alerts Plugin for WordPress

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How it Works, Getting Started, FAQs, and Support

Why This SEO Plugin is Unique & Important

Many SEO plugins help you set up important SEO settings properly, so that your website is able to be indexed in search engines, but they don’t alert you if those settings get undone!

Days, weeks, months, or even YEARS* can go by with no one realizing that the site accidentally became blocked from search engines. Every moment that goes by when a site is blocked from search engines can result in increasing losses of keyword rankings and continued loss of incredibly valuable inbound links. These SEO losses can be extremely difficult or even impossible to fully recover from.

*Yes, this has really happened. A developer launched a redesigned site with the Search Engine Visibility “discourage search engines” box checked and the client didn’t realize it until TWO YEARS LATER when they tried Googling themselves and were nowhere to be found!

Cross Check’s Robots.txt and Search Engine Visibility SEO Monitoring WordPress Plugin acts as an “insurance policy” to protect you from catastrophic SEO losses.

Significant SEO traffic takes YEARS to develop, but can be destroyed in a matter of days if your site becomes blocked from search engines.

Don’t risk losing all of the time, money, and effort you spent growing your SEO traffic!

Download Cross Check Today!

Download Cross Check’s Search Engine Visibility & Robots.txt Monitoring & Email Alerts Plugin today!

Who This Plugin is For

  • You are an SEO agency or consultant who is responsible for ensuring that your clients’ SEO rankings do not suddenly start dropping because someone checked the “Search Engine Visibility” box and/or added a “Disallow: /” directive to robots.txt without telling you (or without even realizing what they did.)
  • You are a web design or development agency or freelancer who creates and launches new or redesigned websites for clients, and want to ensure that new sites don’t accidentally get launched with the “Discourage search engines from indexing this site” box checked. This setting is almost always in place while the site is being built on a staging or development environment, and unchecking it upon launch VERY often gets overlooked when the site gets finished and pushed to production.
  • You are a website owner who wants to ensure that your site is indexable by search engines at all times.

What This Plugin Does

Cross Check’s Robots.txt and Search Engine Visibility SEO Monitoring WordPress plugin monitors for the most critical SEO site settings:

  • Whole website blocked from search engines via “Disallow: /” directive in robots.txt
  • Whole website blocked from search engines because the “Search Engine Visibility” checkbox in the WordPress “Reading” settings is checked

This plugin will:

  • Generate an email alert whenever your whole site becomes blocked from inclusion in search engines because of either or both of the above conditions
    Image of an email sent by Cross Check
    Email alerts will recur every 12 hours if the offending condition is still present.

  • Generate a banner across the top of the WordPress admin interface with a warning message

  • Generate a red box around one or both of the viewers in the Cross Check plugin settings
    Image of red boxes around viewers
  • Generate a red box around the Search Engine Visibility setting in the WordPress Reading settings
    Image of red box around search engine visibility checkbox
    The Cross Check plugin also adds another row to the WordPress Reading settings interface, offering a quick and easy way to return to the Cross Check plugin settings and to view the robots.txt file.

  • Generate an email upon activation and deactivation of the plugin
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    image of cross check deactivation email
    • If you are activating the plugin for the first time, or reactivating after deleting database settings via the checkbox in the “Uninstall” tab, the email alert will go to the admin email address that is set in the WordPress “General” settings.
    • If you are deactivating or reactivating the plugin, and did not opt to have the plugin delete settings from the database (in the “Uninstall” tab), then the email alert will go to the address specified in the “Send Notifications To” setting in Cross Check.

PLEASE NOTE: This Cross Check plugin only generates alerts when the ENTIRE site is blocked from search engines from either the checking of the Search Engine Visibility checkbox and/or a “Disallow /” directive in robots.txt.

Since you may need to block individual pages or sections of a site with either robots.txt or noindex, the presence of any “Disallow” or “noindex” directive that does not block the ENTIRE site from search engines will not trigger an email alert or banner message.

It is possible that a noindex tag could be applied sitewide by a method OTHER than the Search Engine Visibility checkbox. Cross Check will not send out an alert for that. Cross Check only monitors the Search Engine Visibility checkbox and robots.txt file.

If you have a need to monitor for certain conditions other than those listed above, please contact us.

Who Made This Plugin?

Cross Check’s Search Engine Visibility & Robots.txt Monitoring & Email Alerts Plugin is brought to you by Pam Aungst of Pam Ann Marketing and Paul Barthmaier of PBRocks.com. For more about Pam and Paul, click here.

Setting Up The Plugin

First, install the plugin by doing the following:

  1. Click here to download* the plugin
    *We hope to be on the WordPress plugin directory soon! In the meantime, you can download and install the plugin via the link above.
  2. Click on “Add New” in the “Plugins” menu in WordPress
  3. Then click on “Upload Plugin”
  4. Click on “Choose File” and select the zip file you downloaded in the first step, then click on “Install Now”
  5. Lastly, click on “Activate Plugin”

After you install and activate Cross Check, you will need to:

  1. Visit the plugin’s settings screen by clicking on “Cross Check” in the left-hand admin menu
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    (It may be sorted differently on your site, but you should find it somewhere on the left-hand menu)

  2. Scroll down to “Send Notifications To” and enter the email address that you want to send alerts to.
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    Double-check to ensure that you typed the email address in correctly!

  3. IMPORTANT! After entering and saving the email address that will receive the email alerts, be sure to proceed to the “Email Test” tab and click “Send Test Email” to generate a test email.
    Image of the Cross Check Email Test Tab

  4. Check your inbox! Ensure that the email came through directly to your inbox. If it didn’t:
    • Check your spam or junk mail folders, and if you find it there, mark the message “Not Spam” or “Not Junk.”
    • If you don’t see the message in either your inbox or spam folder right away, give it a little time and check it again. Some email providers take a little longer to deliver messages from a source that you’ve never received messages from before.
    • Add the “From” email address (cross-check@yourdomain.com) to your email contacts
    • Re-test and check inbox again

  5. If you are still having trouble getting the test message to land in your inbox, click here for more guidance.

FAQ: Can I edit my noindex tags or Robots.txt file through this plugin?

No. You can view the contents of your robots.txt file in the Cross Check plugin settings, but it cannot be edited there. See here for guidance on where and how to edit the robots.txt file and noindex tags.

Download the Plugin Here!

How to Get Support or Submit a Feature Request

Feel free to contact us here.