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    Google Indexing Problem: Blogs Widely Affected

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    If you keep an eye on your blog stats, probably you must have noticed a slight/major decrease in your site traffic after 19th october. If you have not noticed it, go and check your stats and do let us know if you are also a victim of technical indexing problem from Google search.

    Many webmasters and bloggers who blogs on different blog platform reported on Webmaster forum about the indexing issue and Google not indexing latest posts. Specially BlogSpot bloggers are widely affected because of this Google indexing problem.

    More over instead of indexing real URL, Google search was/is indexing URL with feed tracking links and UTM tracking parameters.  At Google webmaster forum, moderators and Google employee accepted it’s a technical glitch and they are working on this to resolve this issue.

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    As added by John Mu: (Google employee and Forum moderator)

    Just to be clear, the issues from this thread, which I have reviewed in detail, are not due to changes in our policies or changes in our algorithms; they is due to a technical issue on our side that will be visibly resolved as soon as possible (it may take up to a few days to be visible for all sites though). You do not need to change anything on your side and we will continue to crawl and index your content (perhaps not as quickly at the moment, but we hope that will be resolved for all sites soon). I would not recommend changing anything significantly at this moment (unless you spot obvious problems on your side), as these may result in other issues once this problem is resolved on our side.

    Many users reported the issue is with Canonical URL and other factors, but for now, I would suggest don’t make any major SEO changes on your blog. Let the issue get resolved first. It might take couple of days for everyone to see the changes.

    How to check if you are affected by Google indexing problem?

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    Go to Google.com and do a search with site:domainname.com (Ex: site:www.shoutmeloud.com). Click on more tools on left hand side and select latest. If you see all recent posts listed, you are not affected by Google indexing problem, but if you see many posts are missing, it’s time to wait and watch.

    Other threads to watch:

    If you are facing Google indexing issue, you can also report this on Google webmaster help forum. Special thanks to Amit Banerjee for letting me know about this issue.

    Do let us know if you are facing this issue or you are seeing all your blog posts a part of search engine?

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    Athul @ Juniorhero

    :( I am affected. Hoping they will fix it. Only few pages are indexed and I noticed yesterday I didn’t get traffic from google when I posted. So this is not my issue Please help

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    Harsh Agrawal

    Athul that might be because you have a new domain..But we can’t be sure about this..Google team is working on this issue and in next 2-3 days you should see all your blog posts a part of Google search..Else you might like to take help of Google webmaster forum.

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    KashTech | Tech & More

    i have been a victim of this

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    Harsh Agrawal

    Should not last for long..

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    mrtom

    That’s true, there’s something going on as I do experience this problem.

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    Harsh Agrawal

    Mrtom what kind of problem you experienced?
    Do let us know this might help other bloggers as well…

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    mrtom

    ok, maybe thats bad wording. What I meant was that I have the problem described with indexing

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    AJEET

    This happen to me also..so i stop writing new post currently..

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    Harsh Agrawal

    Ajeet I’m not sure if this is right approach.
    I suggest atleast write one post a day or two (depending on your post frequency), else your readers might feel your blog is dead.

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    Harpreet Singh

    I am having the same problem. One of my website has got nothing indexed from past week, one got only few post.

    Same was happening with my one other site but from today It has again started to indexed.

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    Tuan @Tek3D

    Luckily my blog is not affected at all, all my new posts are indexed.

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    Devesh

    For me everything is working fine.
    Anyways, Thanks for sharing the news harsh.

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    Harsh Agrawal

    Seems like Google has sorted out the issue because I can check even ShoutMeLoud all recent posts are properly indexed now…

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    Harpreet Singh

    Not completely..Bcos only one of my blog is back but other are still not indexed.

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    Chandan Saud

    Same also happen to my blogs. Since last some days my blogs are not indexing. I was confused what happen to my blogs. Well thanks for letting us know about this issue.

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    Mukundan Srinivasan

    Ya Harsh in my health blog I experienced the problem. There wasnt a decrease in traffic but latest posts weren’t indexed but now I checked and everything is fine.

    For me sometime ur blog is opening in WP Touch mobile theme. I am using only system. Why is it happening so?

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    Harsh Agrawal

    Mukund great that your problem is solved…Regarding Wp touch issue,..I believe its caching issue..
    I will check my settings again!!

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    himanshu

    my website is alright i think. it has indexed by latest changes.

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    Sathish @ TechieMania

    Everything is fine for me. Google had indexed my last two articles.

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    Bimal Roy

    It affected me too. But now it is ok for me. My site is getting indexed now. But no need to worry because google engineers have started fixing it now. Everything will be alright in few days.

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    Vivek Krishnan

    I did not feel much of the effect caused by the indexing faults.

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    Harsh Agrawal

    It means all your recent posts are indexed in Google without any issue??

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    Jagan

    hmn not affected,recent posts and pages are correctly indexed.

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    Harsh Agrawal

    Lucky you :)

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    Amandeep Singh

    I also, am unable to find my latest posts on Google SE… :(

    Hope they fix it soon…!!

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    Harsh Agrawal

    Amandeep I believe they are already working on this issue and in next couple of days, this issue is supposed to be fixed for everyone… Do keep an eye on Webmaster thread to keep yourself updated!!

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    Techfudge

    I seem not to be affected, but yes my traffic is decreasing…;(
    lolz.

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    Harsh Agrawal

    I have never seen any one loling on traffic decrease..
    You should rather check out what’s wrong and why your traffic is decreasing..!!

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    Eddie Gear

    I guess things are fine with my blog and google.

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    Bhaveek

    Thanks harsh for explaining this issue, I wasn’t aware at all.. I have checked my pages are indexed correctly.

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    ITinfoz

    yes,this is true.
    em also the victim of it.
    damn it
    getting less visitors

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    Anish KS

    Me affected, decrease in traffic this month :(

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    aks

    I check every article just after publishing about its indexing by typing site:post-premalink. I have noticed that really articles are being indexed average after one day.
    It’s a big problem and can promote content stealing.
    Google must fix it soon.

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    WP Plugins Blog

    My Post are getting indexed, so it means i am not the victim. But this is a very bad news and hope google will soon resolve the issue.

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    Geet | HobbyPainting

    On the contrary my 4 days old blog got indexed during this period. No issues for me it seems :)

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    Bilal

    Im the Victum pls help meee

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    Ramkumar

    Finally the problem is solved,i earlier thought the problem was only with my site, also at that time, i changed to a premium theme and I thought that was causing it, but finally saw few other blogs were not updated, I guess the problem got solved a day back.

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    Rahul @ MazaKaro

    Thank you for the trick , that will be helpful in case something wrong with the blog , i will be checking ! ; )

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    shashank

    M facing strange problem…Few blogs are indexed !
    But in serach query ,Google WBT section you can see query to your site just till Otc 22..the day from when i started facing troubles.
    Wish google fixes this soon!

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    Jon

    My blog is still in the issue box. Hope they will clear it soon.
    Thanks Harsh for the post :-)

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    Mastermind

    I guess it’s almost fixed now..but recently i am experiencing slow indexing for wordpress blogs

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    Amit

    The indexing problem is resolved but some of you may see newer posts taking some time to index. Some blogs will remain unaffected though, Google hasn’t come up with any blog post on the issue.

    Matt Cutts says that the problem may be was with minty fresh indexing. Thanks for the post !

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    ITinfoz
    Vincent Vagabond

    Hey Harsh. I am also facing a similar problem. The traffic has plummeted enormously in my case. By coincidence, I happened to change the sitemap priority settings for my blog at right about same time as the problem started at Google. I had changed the update frequency for the posts from weekly to daily and this led me into believing that the traffic decrease was because of the changes in my sitemap. Well what do you think, the sitemap can be a factor?

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    Alex

    Yes -there is definitely a problem with Blogger / Google indexing. My posts no longer show up, although other people’s links to those posts do. Weird.

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    Jodi @ Rants n' Rascals

    I checked my site like you said. All my pages are indexed. However they are listed under pages not visited in the past 24 hours or past month, yet I know the pages have been visited. I used to just type my name in full in search and my latest posts came up. Now they aren’t and Google is indexing my posts with weird urls. My page rank also dropped since October from 2 to 0 to now NA

    I’m using Thesis 1.8 on my site. What could I be doing wrong?

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