Googlebot cannot access CSS and JS files

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To: Webmaster of,

Google systems have recently detected an issue with your homepage that affects how well our algorithms render and index your content. Specifically, Googlebot cannot access your JavaScript and/or CSS files because of restrictions in your robots.txt file. These files help Google understand that your website works properly so blocking access to these assets can result in suboptimal rankings.

Got this message from Google webmaster tools on all my sites yesterday.  What does this mean?

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Official Response

We have looked into Google sending out emails to our customers, and found out what is going on. Part of Homestead sites uses third party code built into your site to provide additional features, such as the site statistics. Google can not index these outside CSS and JS files, so they sent an email advising they can't see it. This is blocked from Google on purpose as it is not part of your website. This does not impact Google from seeing your site, or any of your site content. The robots.txt file is fine for your sites, and Google will still see your site's content as normal.