If you purposely blocked a URL that is submitted in your sitemap, remove that URL from your sitemap. If you’re using WordPress, get first the page or post number of the URL you are removing from the sitemap. To do that, go to Posts or Pages and click Edit to the post or page you want to remove. Check the URL bar and you will see the post ID. … [Read more...] about How to Fix Index Coverage Errors in Google Search Console
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Google told us earlier that two News publisher features is going away. Specifically the ability to highlight mobile apps in the Google News Publisher Center and News crawl error tool on Search Console. Well, when we reported it and days after as well, the News crawl error tool on Search Console was still there. … [Read more...] about Google Search Console Crawl Errors For News Publishers Gone
On Google Search Console, some of the features in the old version are going away as soon as March. But Google brought some new features to the URL inspection tool, did some message consolidation and added the security feature to the tool. Google ran lots of tests, did some things on local and much more. … [Read more...] about February 2019 Google Webmaster Report
Austin Blais is an SEO Manager at Merkle|RKG. His main focus is developing SEO strategy for clients and create project structure for team members to carry out in-depth SEO projects. He supports numerous internal initiatives to improve the opportunity discovery process. With backgrounds in data analysis and project management, Austin enjoys tackling large SEO projects that bring opportunity for his clients. In his free time, he seeks out adventure in cities and in the mountains while always bringing along a good book. … [Read more...] about A Super Fresh Google Index? Server Errors & Rankings Impacts
Server error – These are 5xx errors (such as 503 for server maintenance) Soft 404 – These are URLs that are detected as returning an error page but don’t return a 404 response code (they typically have a response code of 200 or 301/302). Error pages that don’t return a 404 can hurt crawl efficiency as Googlebot can end up crawling these pages instead of valid pages you want indexed. In addition, these pages can end up in search results, which is not an ideal searcher experience. Access denied -These are URLs that returned a 401, 403, or 407 response code. Often this simply means that the URLs prompt for a login, which is likely not an error. You may, however, want to block these URLs from crawling to improve crawl efficiency. Not found – Typically, these are URLs that return a 404 or 410. Not followed – (updated) These are URLs that triggered redirects that Googlebot had trouble crawling (for instance, because of a redirect loop). The UI lists … [Read more...] about Google Webmaster Tools Revamps Crawl Errors, But Is It For The Better?