I am always having 403 errors in Google Console. For example, it says “couldn’t fetch” in sitemap with a 403 error.
After going through it deeply, I have realised that it was due to Cloudflare. I am sure of that because when I pause Claudflare services, 403 errors disappear.
Even thogh I have allowed the known bots (cf.client.bot) and all those crawlers at Google Crawler (User Agent) Overview | Google Search Central | Documentation | Google for Developers from Security> WAF settings, it has not worked.
I am using a free plan. I would be glad if you could share your solution for that if you already fixed it.
Many thanks in advance.