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I noticed that in webmaster tools that Google indexed 40K of "index of" pages, ie:

www.mysite.com/wp-content/uploads/....

I have lot of image galleries and they are stored by Wordpress default uploads folder:

/wp-content/uploads/cars/ferrari/....
/wp-content/uploads/cars/fiat/....
/wp-content/uploads/cars/audi/....
...

There is lot of subdirectories and at final folder are image files, jpg files. So now in webmaster tools for all that 40K pages I have "Not mobile-friendly".

I turned in .htaccess Option -indexes and google start to notify me about:

Googlebot for smartphones found an increase in authorization permission errors

So Im afraid that Google will give me bad reputation in any case. If I leave those "index of" pages he will give me bad Mobile Friendly reputation...and If I put in .htaccess Option -indexes I will got 40K of 403 or 404 pages and he can also understand this very bad?

Any suggestion?

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    You have done the right thing with the .htaccess -index and the Google message is informational. Nothing more. Just let it go and Google will catch up. It will take a while. – closetnoc Dec 28 '15 at 17:32
  • @closetnoc Short and sweet, but that's the answer. – MrWhite Dec 28 '15 at 18:06
  • @w3d You are right! I posted it as an answer with a touch of added humor. Sometimes I just leave little turdlings of an answer in the comments as a guide at least. Sometimes those turdlings are complete. It is a semi-sorta bad habit when my attention is elsewhere. Cheers!! I appreciate the feed back always! – closetnoc Dec 28 '15 at 18:31
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You have done the right thing with the .htaccess -index and the Google message is just informational. Nothing more.

Just let it go and Google will catch up. It will take a while. Search engines are very slow. Drunk one-armed sloths typing "War and Peace" are faster!

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