Google Search Console Indexing Bug
Google Search Console is still working on the de-indexing issue which was reported on last week. Due to this indexing bug, enhancement and coverage reports, as well as the URL Inspection tool, still impacted according to Google. It seems like this Search Console Indexing Bug is spreading like a virus to other parts of Google.
Google confirmed in a tweet that they are working on it, if you discover a URL is not included, so you can also use the URL Inspector tool to resubmit that page. As you can see, in the reply I said that Old Search Console was better than this new one.
Many SEOs and site owners noticed their index coverage and enhancement reports have not been updated in the Search Console. Last weekend, I saw huge drops in my client’s website indexed pages in the coverage report.
Here is a screen shot:
According to Google, they are recovering on this Search Console Indexing Bug issue but no time frame because it is taking a lot of time. It means that index coverage and enhancement reports were not updated recently and URL Inspector might not reflect live status. Google said that “they will officially update us when it will resolve, if you need to check the status of a URL in the Google index, use the site: command”.
If you find the pages are still missing from Google’s index after used ‘site search’ command, then it is possible the issue is specifically to your site. You can submit that site-specific issues by submitting a thread to Google’s webmaster community message board.
Google Search Console Indexing Bug Quick Review:
Here’s a quick review on what has happened and what is going on with the Google’s Search Console indexing bug:
- On April 4, SEOs and site owners started reporting that a huge amount of their site’s pages were missing from Google’s index.
- On April 6, Google’s John Mueller confirmed there’s a technical issue affecting the search index which will be resolved.
- Google posted updates on Twitter in the last week and keep everyone informed as to what was going on.
- On April 10, Google tweet that the issue was resolved in search results.
But last day, April 15, Google confirmed that the Search Console reports and tools are having issues. I think after indexing bug issue resolved, it should be the biggest Google indexing problem of 2019.