sd1111

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I've been having a ton of issues with clients' blog posts getting stuck for weeks to months as "Discovered - currently not indexed" or "Crawled - currently not indexed."

This page was published Nov 30, 2021. Still not indexed as of Jan 23, 2022.

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This post was published October 26, 2021. Still not indexed as of Jan 23, 2022.
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This is definitely a new phenomenon, since new content we created for clients used to get indexed in a few days.

I've tried:
  • Building internal links
  • Sharing the links on social
  • Requesting indexing
  • Changing their URLs and requesting indexing again
Still no dice.

Has anyone else been experiencing this, and any ideas how to fix it?
 

Phil Rozek

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@sd1111, the two things that jump out at me are:

1. What reason did Google give for crawling but not indexing? I wonder if it considers another page the canonical one.

2. Specifically where are the internal links? I wonder if they're not prominent enough. (As in buried way down in subpages, rather than in the main nav and footer, and on the homepage and related "service" pages.)
 

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Thanks @Phil Rozek —I really appreciate your reply!

Any idea where I can look up the reason for not indexing? I have not found anything useful as to why. The content is completely unique and written for this site.

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URL inspection reveals that the "URL is available to Google" and "can be indexed" It's just... not.

2. This is a blog post on a small site. A main menu or footer link doesn't quite feel appropriate. I have linked to it from the one other blog post on the site... 😟

How helpful do you think an external link to the post would be?
 

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Sure thing, @sd1111. I've found that the "Crawl" and "Index" sections (shown in your screenshot) usually tell the story, or at least give you a directional sense of what the issue is. In this case, you'll want to see two things in those areas:

Indexing allowed? Yes
Google-selected canonical: Inspected URL

I'd suggest comparing this page to indexed other pages on your site that show the above status ("Yes" and "Inspected URL"). I would bet the difference is in the prominence and quantity of internal links. Also, maybe one URL is in the XML sitemap and the other isn't (another stone to turn over, by the way). If done both of those things, then it probably is just a matter of stewing for longer.
 

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I do hope you are not still having to deal with this - just in case - I have cracked the current code on it and will have a live event (completely a service to our seo community) if you want to get a heads up on date and time and zoom link - let me know - How To Get Pages Indexed into Google
 

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