Bloggers do announce SOS alert that "Google is not indexing my articles and blog posts." The same issue arises with many websites and web applications. This is a frequent issue faced by many bloggers, particularly by those who is very new in blogging. There could be many reasons for this. Here is a lost of possible reasons why your articles are not getting indexed?
Let's start the troubleshooting.
First, check that your site is indexed on Google. To check this open google.com. Type "site:<domain-name>" in the browser search box and press enter. You will see the pages of your website. If you see pages, your site is indexed.
Next, you need to make sure that your article is not indexed. To check that:
- open google.com in your browser.
- In search box type site:<your-domain> <exact title of your blog post>.
If your post is not appearing on the first page, your article is not yet indexed by Google.
Why Are My Articles Not Indexing In Google?
To answer that you have to find few answers:
- Have you submitted your blog sitemap on Google GSC (Google Search Console).
- Is your sitemap read by Google? You can check GSC for when Google had recently read your sitemap.
- Did you manually submitted your URL?
If you have checked the above options move to the next step:
- Check your site in GSC that It does not received any manual action by Google in the form of Google penalty.
- Also check in GSC that it is not facing any security issue.
If the above steps are validated:
- 1. Check robots.txt file (usually located in the root directory) entry that the url doesn't coincide with the disallowed pattern. If this happens, your article will not be indexed.
- 2. If it is not the case, check the HTMl source for robots meta tag with content='NOINDEX'. If it is there, make sure that this line of meta tag is not present in the final HTML.
If all the above steps are checked and still your article is not indexed the probability is that your article is found to be a plagiarism (very much similar to many content that is already indexed by Google). In this case, change the content in a meaningful way, change the title and try indexing again.
The other thing that can happen - your domain is new. In this case indexing takes a little longer than usual time.
More Indirect Ways To Index Your Article
The other way to make your article get indexed by the following indirect approach - create back-links
to the article, generate social shares, likes and comments. Google loves third party references as it validated the credentials and authority of your article.
Imagine someone is citing good words about oneself all the time. It does not validate it's claim that that person is good enough. But, if 5 of your friends or people around you speak the same about you, then their statement will carry more trust. This philosophy works with Google.
My experience suggests that one should not bother much about Google indexing and focus more on link building exercise with methods like guest posting, writing in appropriate forums and social media. This process will diversify your link profile and you will have alternate source of traffic. The more you work for non-Google resources, the more Google will index and rank you. There is a big reason behind it but discussing that will be out of context of the current discussion.
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