No content on homepage for Googlebot


(Dean Taylor) #1

Currently there doesn’t appear to be any content output in the #main-outlet element for Googlebot:

HTML for reference:


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  Discourse.NavItem.reopenClass({
    buildList : function(category, args) {
      var list = this._super(category, args);
      if(!category) {
        list.push(Discourse.ExternalNavItem.create({href: '/category/bug?order=op_likes&status=open', name: 'bugs'}));
        list.push(Discourse.ExternalNavItem.create({href: '/category/feature?order=op_likes&status=open', name: 'features'}));
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I would expect the latest list of topics for meta.


(Robin Ward) #2

How did you set the user agent of Googlebot? My Chrome doesn’t have that choice and I wonder if it’s related.


(@SenpaiMass) #3

Chrome Extenstion-

I am using this. Getting okay results as of now.


(Dean Taylor) #4

As per this post:

I added a “custom device” to Google Chrome dev tools using the newly proposed Googlebot smartphone user agent for mobile:

Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; Android 6.0.1; Nexus 5X Build/MMB29P) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/41.0.2272.96 Mobile Safari/537.36 (compatible; Googlebot/2.1; +http://www.google.com/bot.html)


(Robin Ward) #5

Huh interesting, I can reproduce it while in incognito. Looking into it.


(Dean Taylor) #6

I found this because I was running this new Mobile Friendly Google Tool against my Discourse instance:
https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/mobile-friendly/

I was expecting the output to be clunky - but expected topic results.


(Robin Ward) #7

Looks like it’s a combination of mobile + Googlebot. We had an optimization to never render the <noscript> content in mobile mode. I’ve changed it so that we only skip rendering that if we aren’t in our crawler layout. Seems to work!


(Robin Ward) #8