If you know how search engine bots work, crawling and indexing will sound familiar to you. If not, let me explain.
First of all, Google does not provide any guarantees or promises that they will crawl or index your website.
You must keep maintaining your blog’s content to enter into Google’s awareness. Google has a limited amount of resources to crawl, index, and rank your site, and it has to treat each site differently regarding information and popularity.
Why Google is not indexing your blog posts?
Well, there are many reasons why your posts are not being indexed by Google. At the further section of this guide, I have also shared steps you could take to ensure your posts get indexed.
First thing first, you should read: What Is Google Crawling And Indexing?
And learn how to check for indexed posts in Google, with this video guide:
Now, once you are sure that your posts are not indexed in Google, here are a few reasons why your posts are not being indexed:
1. Your publishing schedule is random
Google allocates a crawl budget and crawl time for every website. If you are someone who is publishing posts regularly, then Google bots determine their crawl time according to that. Now, on the contrary, if you are publishing posts randomly after days or months, it may take a few days before search engine bots decide to crawl your website again. This is one of the primary reasons for your posts not being indexed.
2. Crawl budget is over:
This usually happens with big sites or a buddy site. Just like crawl time, Google determine the crawl budget for a site, and at the time of the crawling, due to your site size, Google crawl budget is over, which impacts the crawling of new posts.
3. No sitemap in Google
This is the most basic yet at times even experienced webmasters missed out on this. If your sitemap is not submitted in Google search console, the indexing could become an issue. And, at times if your sitemap does not include the new posts, Google will find it hard to discover the same.
4. No way to reach the post:
Apart from sitemap, Google relies on internal links, related posts links, links in blog menu, backlinks to effectively crawl a webpage. Now, if your newest posts are not linked from anywhere, and bots find it impossible to reach, it can have a negative impact.
There could be more reasons, but in the majority of scenario, these are the reasons why your posts might not be getting indexed in Google search.
Things you need to do to investigate more:
- Head over to Google search console
- In the URL field (Top), enter the URL which is not indexed by Google
As you can see from the screenshot above, this tool not only lets you check your indexed status, it also gives you the option to request indexing of your non-indexed posts.
How Long Does Google Take For Indexing?
It depends on how your content is interlinked and how often you update your site’s content. For new sites, it can take weeks, or even months, for indexing.
How To Get Indexed Faster in Google Search?
The best way is by using URL inspection tool of Google search console.
Google will rate your blog according to your updating frequency, number of backlinks, etc.
For older blogs, if you are still facing an indexing problem, make sure you do not have internal or external content duplication.
And do not rely on sitemaps. They are optional. Make sure all of the content can be searched via normal links.
Do let us know how long it takes for Google bots to crawl and index your blog. Have you been facing indexing issues lately? Share your experience in the comments below!
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