Is there anything more frustrating than your blog post not showing up on Google after hours of writing, editing, designing, and optimizing? Usually, it takes Google a couple of days or, sometimes, longer to include new blog posts on Google Search. But, if it has been more than a week and your blog post is still not indexed by Google, then something is up. Below are the possible situations that could be hindering Google from indexing your blog posts.
Have you checked your robots?
Sometimes, the tiniest things can have the most significant impact. Before Google lists a page in its search results, a Googlebot visits the website to see the Robots.txt. This is to determine if the web page is a no-follow, no-index, or such.
When a page is under construction or not ready to be listed on Google search, the Robots no-index tag is added. For the page to be listed when it is ready, the no-index tag has to be removed. Note that a tag may be removed on one page but not on another. As long as the tag remains, your page will not appear in the search results.
Run a check on your website, start with your HTML head section, determine the presence or absence of a no-index tag; for as long as the tag is applied, your page will not be indexed.
Your publishing schedule is random
For every website, a crawl budget and time are allocated by Google. If you have a defined post routine that you follow, it is easy for Google bots to determine the crawl time for your website.
On the contrary, if you post at random, you will leave the Google bots confused. It may take days before the search engine bots decide to crawl your website again. This could be the reason why your posts are not indexed on the search engine results page. Fix a defined post schedule and stick with it, and maybe your indexing problem will be fixed.
You are not implementing your canonical tags correctly
You use a canonical tag in your HTML header to let the Googlebot know the page to index in the case of duplicate content. I advise that every page contain a canonical tag, either linked to itself when it is the unique content or to point to another page when it is duplicated. Doing this will let Google know the master copy of the page.
When there are duplicates and a canonical page, only the page with the canonical tag pointing to it will appear on Google’s search results. The page with the canonical tags pointing to it will be given visibility on SERPs. If you add the canonical tags wrongly to the wrong page, you might be causing your problems. If your purpose is not to prioritize your canonical page, then fix your canonical tags and link it back to itself.
No sitemap in google
This situation is so simple and unexpected that even the experienced webmasters miss it looking for more profound issues. However, an absence of sitemaps in Google’s search console will probably create an indexing problem for your pages.
If your sitemap is not included in Google’s search console, and if your sitemap does not contain your new posts, Google may find it quite challenging to discover your new posts, and sometimes, your site. Ensure that your sitemap is submitted to Google and your new posts are included in your sitemap, and you might solve your problem.
You’ve exceeded your crawl budget
Remember how I said Google determines a crawl budget for each website? I meant that every Google spider sent to your website comes with a set limit of how many resources they can spend on your website. If there are many redirect links and chains on your website, they will be eating up your crawl budget for no reason. Your crawl budget might be exhausted before the spiders get to your page or new post.
You can monitor your crawl status and budget in your Search Console Account. A way for you to optimize your crawl budget is to build authoritative sites because they tend to be given a higher crawl budget. Make sure that there are relevant and quality links pointing towards your website. Making your domain authority can take a while, but something you can do to optimize your crawl budget in the meantime is ensuring that your site can be crawled efficiently by Google spiders. Remove excess redirections and make it easy for the spiders to get to your new posts.
Your posts or your page often fail to show up on Search Engine Results Pages (SERPs) because of one of the five issues explained in this post. Start checking each one out, and you will most probably solve your indexing problem. However, if you have checked these five issues and ensured that everything is excellent and superb, and your page is still not showing up, the problem might be from Google.