Google is finally taking the matter seriously! Google is sending out “Warning” emails to webmasters via Google Search Console that Googlebot cannot access their CSS and JS files.
We woke up this morning to this e-mail for one of our client’s website:
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The webmaster guidelines were updated last year to inform webmasters about the same. Here is an excerpt from the Google’s Webmaster Guidelines regarding CSS and JS files.
Google mentioned this as the first point under “Technical guideline”. Now if that wasn’t a warning sign, then this chain of Warning E-mails definitely is!
Google seems to be sending these e-mails out in bulk – ensuring that everyone knows that this will definitely be considered as ranking factor, and might result in poorer rankings for many websites.
We suggest you to contact your developers NOW if you too got this message!