Correct me if I am wrong, this means bots cannot crawl the old parts of the site?

User-agent: *
Disallow: /old/
Disallow: /old

Since it has been days that I have not received any traffic and found out about the robot.txt setup.

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    Aside: Since robots.txt is prefix matching, the first Disallow directive above (with a slash) is superfluous.
    – MrWhite
    Aug 4 '16 at 7:39

This does not meant "old" as in "advanced age", it means /old as in directory/URL. For example, www.example.com/old/how-to-bake-special-brownies.html.

I assume /old is not your entire site, however if it is, then that would explain things.

  • since the site went to full revamped and design so I was assuming that the new robot txt setup prevented the crawlers from accessing the old directories/URL Aug 4 '16 at 0:35
  • @TonyLogarta The code you provided looks fine. Whenever you change a site, there is a disruption in search for a while as the search engine goes through your site and re-evaluates it. Each new page has to prove itself with performance metrics too. So it takes a while.
    – closetnoc
    Aug 4 '16 at 0:47

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