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Troubleshooting SEO Writing Assistant

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Are you having trouble getting your SEO Writing Assistant to work properly? Follow these troubleshooting steps to fix the most likely problems you could run into.

Unable to read document
Multiple Google accounts
Unable to proceed with SEMrush authentication
Third-party extension problems
Unavailable for install
No add-ons menu problem

 

 

 

Problem: Unable to read the document

 

To resolve the issue, try the following:

  1. Make sure that you have Edit permissions on the document
  2. Log out of your Google account and log in again
  3. Re-open the add-on

If the problem still persists, please try re-installing the add-on:

  1. In Google Docs, go to the Add-ons menu, select “Manage add-ons”.
  2. Click the “Manage” button next to SEMrush SEO Writing Assistant and select Remove.
  3. Click the “+ FREE” button.

If the problem still persists, please contact us.

Problem: drive.google.com refused to connect

If you are logged into more than one different Google Account, you may get the error “drive.google.com refused to connect" that looks like this:

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This is due to a bug that we have reported to Google. Please vote for it by highlighting the star beside the name of the bug.
vote-for-bug

To resolve the issue, try the following:

  1. Log out of all of your Google Accounts
  2. Log ONLY into the account that you are using to work with Google Docs and SWA
  3. Try again

Problem: Unable to proceed with SEMrush authentication

This problem is often due to pop-ups being blocked on your browser. To resolve the issue, try allowing pop-ups for this page.

To allow pop-ups in Chrome:

  1. In the address bar, click Pop-up blocked.
  2. Click the link for the pop-up for SEMrush log-in form.
  3. To fix the issue completely, select Always allow pop-ups from semrush.com and then Done.
  4. After you’ve followed instructions, you can try logging in again. If the problem still persists, please contact us.

Consult with official instructions from each browser on blocking pop-ups:

Problem: Third-party extensions

Some third-party extensions are known to cause problems with simultaneous usage with the add-on.

Suggested resolution:

  1. Try opening a new window  in Incognito mode and using SWA
  2. If the problem disappears in Incognito mode, try turning off your extensions one-by-one to identify which of them causes the problem

Extensions that are known to cause problems:

  1. Grammarly Premium Beta for Google Docs - shuts SWA down completely
  2. Privacy Badger - prevents opening of authentication pop-up

Problem: “Unavailable for Install”

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If you are on a shared G suite account where an admin sets the Chrome policies, you may see an “unavailable for install” message when trying to download the plugin.

The admin of a G suite account is able to control which apps and extensions users can install on managed Chrome Browsers or devices.

In order to fix this issue, you will need to contact the admin of the G suite account and ask them to either:

  1. Whitelist the SWA 
  2. Install the SWA organization-wide

 

Problem: “Problem: No Add-ons menu available”

Add-ons are only available for your Google Docs if you have ‘edit’ access.

Suggested resolution:

  1. Check if you can edit the document. Contact the document owner to change your permissions if needed. 
  2. Make sure that the document you are looking at is not an MS Word .doc/.docx document opened in Google Docs. Convert your document into Google Docs format if needed.Troubleshooting SEO Writing Assistant image 4