Here’s your chance to Find & Fix these Errors!
Google Search Console is the tool that many SEOs and website owners use to check the performance of their websites in search engines. It provides information about your site’s ranking on Google.
Get your life back on track with the Google Search Console (GSC) toolset. It’s a free first-party traffic data tool that helps you keep tabs on your website’s search engine visibility and make changes to optimize for relevant keywords.
Pages with low-volume keywords will rank higher in the SERPs, so monitoring their visibility and your keyword performance is essential.
It’s also one of the most talked about tools in the SEO industry, but how exactly do you use it? And what are the error reports that might show up after setting up GSC? We’ve got answers to all of these questions in this article
If you are experiencing any index issues on your website, such as low or zero index values, Google Search Console can notify you when any new data is added to your website’s index. Sometimes, these may be caused by searching too aggressively on your site or poor coding techniques.
Google will display a notification within the search results if your site is not indexing. These can be fixed in the Search Console under “Issues” and then clicking on “Search Console Messages” or via your account dashboard in Google Search Console, under the “Issues” section.
What is Google Search Console?
Google Search Console is a free service provided by Google that helps you monitor, maintain, and troubleshoot your site’s presence in Google Search results. This can be done quickly from our website or the free Google Chrome extension for Chrome.
The tool for monitoring multiple pages simultaneously helps reduce work by merging your data from various sources into one dashboard.
Overview of the index coverage report
The Google Search Console indexing coverage report shows the state of all your URLs in Google. It’s a comprehensive view of your indexing status and includes many sections that can help you understand why pages are not indexed and suggestions on making them more visible.
You can find out which of your URLs are showing up in Google search results and why they aren’t. See how your non-indexed URLs rank compared to indexed URLs, then choose the best course of action based on what’s happening with your traffic.
Google will send this report weekly, with a summary of their search engine results in their month-to-month report. Find out what pages of your website are indexed and any problems encountered when Google crawled the sitemap.
Accuracy is everything when trying to get a search engine’s attention.
Have you ever driven to work and found yourself in the wrong city? Or send something important to the incorrect address?
These are just a few ways that your website can be mislabeled. But when you have errors, Google Search Console penalizes your site in their search results by reducing your page authority. That means that instead of ranking highly when users look for information on your topics, it will fall down the page rankings until it is no longer visible.
How to check errors
- If you find a specific error on the platform, you can easily access it by hitting the red X at the top right of that page. In the case of an error or error notification, you would see such a page, which will lay out all the details and give you easy troubleshooting access. This way, you don’t have to go through several pages of information before arriving at the site to make changes.
- It is vital to check out any possible warnings that may appear when navigating to the site.
- When you click on one of the example errors listed in “Details,” you’ll see the error code used to tell Google what problem occurred. While on this page, you can also find the URLs that were affected by the same error.
- You can fix your errors by fixing them on the front end. The place to start is with the script or theme that has caused the errors. You should click on an example URL and inspect it using the URL inspection tool. This will show all of the details available for a specific page. Try both inspection modes and see where you need to make adjustments, if anything, to correct it. Once you understand what needs to be fixed, you have three options:
- Make the necessary changes in search console yourself
- Login to your Artlogic CMS and direct to SEO Tools to make the required changes yourself
- Contact [email protected] in case you are not sure how to make the changes yourself
Page 404 not found error
Maybe this doesn’t seem like a big deal, or you see many of your competitors get these errors, but let us tell you, it can wreck your ranking. Because Google Search Console knows how vital website performance is to users getting what they want, they will often email you if one of their bots sees a page 404 not found error on your website.
The submitted URL seems to be a Soft 404 (page 404 not found error)
If you see what seems to be a soft 404, this means that these pages have content at a later date, and you, therefore, should avoid redirecting to those pages. Doing this may result in a problem on your end. Instead, Google recommends navigating to the appropriate page manually.
Steps for how to resolve
- Use the google search console to review the error and click on the affected page.
- Copy the URL and move on to the Artlogic CMS
- Find the affected page in your CMS > Pages: Edit and ‘Disable’ page.
- Navigate to your sitemap in SEO Tools (/admin/records/seo_overrides/) and search for the affected page
- Please edit the page and click to remove it from the sitemap
- Save the page.
Submitted URL not found (page 404 not found error)
This error usually means that the URL indexing is working against you. This indicates that a non-existent URL for indexing was submitted.
Steps for how to resolve
- First, use the Google Search Console to review the URL and click on the affected page. In most cases, this ‘URL Not Found’ message will appear
- Copy the 404 URL and Login to your Artlogic CMS
- Navigate to the redirects uploader in your SEO Tools (SEO Tools > Upload redirects).
- Here you can paste the 404 URL into the ‘Old URL’ column
- Next, add the existing page URL that you want to redirect this to in the ‘New URL’ column
- Save the page.
Mobile usability issues
If you receive any of the below messages from Google Search Console, you have a page with a poor score in Google. The message is often incorrect, as it is based on the author’s analysis of your site.
- Text too small to read
- Content wider than screen
- Clickable elements too close together
Steps for how to resolve
- Okay, so here’s the trick. With your current account, you’ll find a section for Mobile Usability. Log into your search console and go to your messages to click on this particular message.
- You can click on the error in this section, for example, ‘ Text too small to read,’ to see the affected URLs.
- Next, click one of the URLs (e.g., the full URL), and in the preview pane on the right select ‘Test live page.’
- You will be presented with a screen to confirm that the page you’re looking at has been redefined to optimize for mobile devices. The message will typically ensure that this ‘Page is mobile-friendly, and there will be an explanation as to why the page may not be loaded entirely when Google crawls the site – i.e., errors.
- You can mark all the affected pages on the Error Detail page and click on ‘Validate Fix’ to fix the issue.
Now that you have found the most common URL errors on your site, we’ll look at some possible scenarios in which they may occur.
How to Use the Validate Fix Process to Fix URL Errors
Once Google Search Console has verified what is causing a page to return an error, you can use the default GSC Validate Fix process to prompt Google to recrawl the URLs in question and remove the error once they confirm the fix. To do so, navigate to the correct error report, then click ‘Validate Fix.’
You can agree to have your site crawled and validated by Google to remove the error(s) you are reporting.
How to Use URL Inspection Tool to Fix URL Errors
If you’re facing any issue with your website trying to load a particular URL, you need to check the URL status first. To do so, enter the URL in question and hit enter.
The Google Search Console URL Inspection Tool is for identifying and fixing URL errors. You can use this tool to quickly check the status of your page when a submission goes to a server that doesn’t have cached versions or, for other reasons, seems to be indexed before it should be. Once you find one with an index issue, you can explore the details or use them as a jumping-off point for helping troubleshoot problems with either the site administrators or you on our end.
The following substantial question is how you can check if Googlebot has encountered an indexability error. Google’s robot (Googlebot) will sometimes find issues (also known as errors) with your site that other bots do not. Googlebot is one of the core crawlers of Google, so they can see if the site has been tampered with or if the robots are acting up.
Once you complete troubleshooting, it’s time to re-submit your pages! Click Request Indexing (or Reindexing) on the inspection report, and you should get a message like this.
Final Words from MindRind
A lot of times, we find ourselves stuck with an indexing problem that can’t be resolved. It’s frustrating, but it doesn’t have to end up costing you time & money. Sometimes all a few words of guidance can get you going in the right direction is worth it!
As a site owner, you don’t need a hand-holding guide, but you need a reliable ally. At MindRind, we are that for you!
What is meant by indexing errors?
Indexing errors are a type of bug, a mistake in web documents. Indexing usually happens when search engines can’t get to your site because of design issues, programming errors, or due to an address that is either not visible enough to the spiders or so obscured that it confuses the spider software
Are there ways to improve Google indexing?
If you’re not getting the SEO results you want, there are many steps you can take to improve your situation. One of the main ways to do this is by writing quality content for your website, which can help you rank higher within Google’s search results.
How are websites listed on search engines?
Google Search Console has a button on their website’s left, allowing you to upload a sitemap. Once you have added your sitemap and hit submit, Google will start indexing results for that page. You’ll see an improvement in rankings on the search engine results page.