This index is the most important SEO feature of all time. Because Google has to index your site for your site to get organic traffic from Google. If your site is not indexed, it's the same as a dead website and like a website lost in the wilderness. And no one will find your content organically, as this is not part of Google's search index.
Google Search No Index Website
If your website experiences it then the first step you need to do is fix the indexing problem by diagnosing the indexing problem. Here are some lists that will help you make improvements to indexing issues by finding the causes and improvements on your website.
1. YOUR WEBSITE IS INDEXED UNDER WWW OR NON-WWW DOMAINTechnically www is a subdomain. So, http://example.com is not the same as http://www.example.com. Make sure you add both URLs of the website to your GWT (Google Webmaster Tool) account to make sure both are indexed. And make sure to set one of your preferred domains, but for ownership verification, it should be both.
2. GOOGLE HAS NOT FOUND YOUR SITEThis usually happens on new websites. If your website is new, leave it a few days until Google indexes your website, but if Google still does not index your site, make sure your sitemap or sitemap is uploaded and working properly. If you have not created or registered your sitemap, this could be the reason why Google has not indexed your website. You should also ask Google to crawl and retrieve your site. Here are Google's instructions on how to submit a sitemap to GWT:
Fetch as Google
- On Webmaster Tools Homepage, click the website you want.
- On the Dashboard, Select the "Crawl" menu, select "Fetch as Google".
- In the text box, type the URL of the page you want to check.
- In the drop-down list, select Desktop. (You can choose another type of page, but we currently only accept submissions for our Web Search index.)
- Click the "Fetch" button and Google will fetch the URL you requested. It may take up to 10 or 15 minutes for the Fetch status to be updated.
- After viewing the "Fetching Success" status, click Submit to Index, then click one of the following:
To submit individual URLs to the Google index, select the URL and click Submit. You can submit up to 500 URLs a week this way.
To submit a URL and all linked pages, click the URL and all linked pages. You can submit up to 10 of these requests within a month.
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3. WEBSITE OR PAGE (S) BLOCKED BY ROBOTS.TXTAnother issue is that your developer or editor has blocked the site using robots.txt. This is an easy fix as you only need to delete entries from robots.txt, and your website will reappear in the index. Read more about robots.txt here.
4. YOUR WEBSITE HAS NO SITEMAP.XMLEach website must have a sitemap.XML sitemap, which is a list of simple instructions that Google should follow to index your website. You can read about Google Sitemaps policies, and register them so that Google can easily crawl your site. You can read my article on how to create sitemap.xml in WordPress here ⇒ Importance of the Google XML Sitemap WordPress Plugin.
5. YOU HAVE CRAWL ERRORIn some cases, Google will not index some pages on your site because it can not crawl them. Although not able to crawl it, but Google can still see it.
To identify these crawl errors, go to
Google Webmaster Tools
Select your Website
Click “Crawl Errors”
If you have errors, that is, pages that are not indexed, you'll see them in the "top 1000 page with errors."
6. YOUR WEBSITE HAS MUCH DUPLICATE CONTENTToo much duplicate content on the site can confuse the Google search engine and make search engines give up on indexing your website. If multiple URLs on your site return the same exact content, then you have duplicate content issues on your site. To fix this problem, select the page you want to save and delete that page with the same content or fix the content of the page so it is not the same and not indicated as duplicate content.
7. YOU HAVE ACTIVATED YOUR PRIVACY SETTINGSIf you are a WordPress site user, you may have inadvertently activated the privacy settings so that search engines can not index your website. Please read this article ⇒ Overcoming WordPress Website Not Google Indexed.
8. WEBSITE BLOCKED BY.HTACCESSYour .htaccess file is part of your site's presence on the server, which makes it available on the world wide web. The .htaccess file is written in Apache, and although the .htacess file is very important you should also check this file because .htacess can be used to block crawlers and prevent indexing.
9. WEBSITE HAS NOINDEX IN META TAGSNoindex is a way that can be used to say "no" to the search engine robots not to do the indexing, so make sure you check your website if there is a "noindex" tag in your website, it usually looks like this:
<META NAME=” ROBOTS” CONTENT=” NOINDEX, NOFOLLOW”>
To fix this problem, of course, you just need to remove this line of code, and your website will be back in the index in a short time by the search engines.
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11. THE WEBSITE IS TOO SLOW WHEN LOADEDGoogle does not like it if your site takes a long time to load. If the crawler finds unfinished load times, it will likely not index your website at all. So make sure you optimize your website to load faster.
12. YOUR WEBSITE IS OR IS OFTEN DOWNIf a crawler cannot access your website, they will not index it. It's pretty obvious, but why does it happen? Check your connectivity. If your hosting is often experiencing disruption or hosting is often down, it could be your website is not crawled. If this is your main problem, then it's time to switch to using a new and better quality hosting service. You can see some of the best hosting options here ⇒ 10 Best and Cheap Hosting Services [Best Host].
13. YOUR WEBSITE MAY HAVE DE-INDEXThis last problem can be a really bad thing for your website. Because deindex is a punishment from Google and your website is removed from the index. And to overcome this problem is certainly very difficult, even your website certainly will be difficult to get the index back. So try to fix your website totally, and file back to Google for forgiveness.
Above are some of the reasons that make your website not indexed by Google search engine. Please check all the possible causes of the above list and fix immediately to get your site indexed by Google and get organic visitors. Good luck🙂
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