How do I get a 403 forbidden error site back in Google?
 by Casey Markee

How do I get a 403 forbidden error site back in Google?

  • Google removed our site from their index because they said they detected a 403 (Forbidden) error message in our server header. I don't know why this happened or what I can do to fix it. Is this a problem with my website or the server? What do I need to do to get Google back to spidering my site?

Answer: response headers Start by checking your site's server headers—here's a Firefox Plug-in that enables you to do that.

What you're looking for is the 200 OK status as seen in the lower box to the right on the RESPONSE line, highlighted in gray.

403 Forbidden Errors, also known as connection errors, usually result when a website requires registration or login information to continue into the site. A 403 error message is most common when you attempt to access sections of a site placed off limits by the site administrator, such as attempting to access a specific directory on a site as opposed to a file within that directory. 403 errors can also be triggered by syntax errors with your .htaccess file or file/directory permission problems with your server.

We suggest you verify with your host that everything is as it should be and that no recent changes have been made to your web server that could possibly lead to the glitch you're describing.

It is highly likely that this 403 error was NOT triggered by something on your site. Instead, it was probably the result of a temporary issue with your host.

If a review with your host, and a check of your file and ...

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