Key Takeaway Checking for errors in your Search Console should be a part of your SEO routine. Always optimize all your pages. Make sure that these pages can be crawled and indexed by Google with no problem at all. While submitting a sitemap does not directly affect your rankings , it will help Google notify you of any errors that might negatively impact your website’s rankings. … [Read more...] about How to Fix Index Coverage Errors in Google Search Console
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4. Systemic 404 ErrorsIf you see an ever-increasing number of 404s, there’s a systemic error somewhere in your code. It could be you have an XML sitemap that is somehow messing up your URLs; or it could be that something in your code is creating invalid URLs that Google’s finding when they crawl. … [Read more...] about Do 404 Errors Hurt Google Crawling, Indexing & Ranking?
“Got an alert from Google Search Console today that one of our pages is 5XX – after investigation it’s a mention of our link in the footnotes of a scientific pdf article: as there is a semicolon right after the url, the url is not valid. Had no idea @googlewmc was this thorough!” … [Read more...] about Google: Invalid URLs Should Return 404s, not 5XX Server Errors
Account Confirmed by a Second PersonHearing something like this from one person, no matter how credible they are, it’s still just one person. But I heard this from two unrelated people. This lends credibility to the story that a Googler shared what really happened. … [Read more...] about April 2019 Google Outages Due to Human Error