My robots:

User-agent: *
Disallow: /wp-admin
Disallow: /sistema
Disallow: /site
Disallow: /old

Sitemap: http://www.example.com.br/page-sitemap.xml

In the google test tool: https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/robots-testing-tool is going normal: 'allowed'

But at ahref I have the feedback:

Fetching robots.txt took too long

I have already asked the hosting staff to see for us if there is any blocking of the crawler or the ips used by ahrefs and there is not.

I have already disabled all plugins on the site and nothing

  • Is your robots.txt file a static file or dynamically generated at the time of request?
    – DocRoot
    Commented Mar 21, 2020 at 23:22
  • robots.txt is static. When accessing robots.txt through the browser, its content is always the same
    – sNniffer
    Commented Mar 22, 2020 at 7:12
  • Maybe the problem is with ahrefs servers/location? To clarify, GSC/Google isn't actually reporting any problem with your robots.txt file?
    – DocRoot
    Commented Mar 25, 2020 at 12:02
  • Just wondered... is the robots.txt request being redirected from HTTP to HTTPS?
    – DocRoot
    Commented Mar 25, 2020 at 17:40
  • Both, but the site was at http
    – sNniffer
    Commented Apr 2, 2020 at 21:15

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I changed hosting and right after I tested the ahrefs crawler and everything worked perfectly, probably something from the host was blocking ahrefs ips.

Incredible is that the hosting staff did not know how to solve it.

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