Fix Index coverage issues detected in Google Search Console

Recently Google released its new beta search console reports which helping webmaster to get more insightful information and activity reports of their content indexing. Today morning I received an email from Google stating that there are some “Index coverage issues” found on your website. Please fix it to avoid an impact on your SEO ranking. I was shocked and thought something messy happened, in response to this email I decided to check what exactly issue is and I opened my webmaster/ search console and found the following message.

Search Console has identified that your site is affected by 1 new Index coverage related issue. This means that Index coverage may be negatively affected in Google Search results. We encourage you to fix this issue.


This is something scary for webmasters, no one wants to lose their organic traffic due to some misconfiguration & violating Google rules. Hence I decided to assist my issue on an immediate basis. After researching lot & understanding problem I found its fix and submitted to Google for validation. Please consider following guidelines to fix an issue if you also get it into your webmaster/search console.

How to FIX Index Coverage Issues Google Webmaster

  1. Go to webmaster then look for a message stating index coverage issues, then look how many pages get impacted due to this.                          Index coverage issue webmaster google
  2. Once you identified it then look for suggestions from Google to fix itIndex coverage issues webmaster google
  3. Your issue is either by following, identify it first.
    1. Robots.txt file which is not allowing Google to index particular pages. I tested my robots.txt but its perfectly configured for me.
    2. Pages are not getting fetch using Google Bots. For me, it was also working as expected.
    3. It’s not getting indexed in the search engine because of incorrect meta robots tags “noindex,nofollow” or noindex,follow” for particular pages. This was my problem as all of my 5 flagged pages had “noindex,nofollow” tags in their meta robots section which avoiding search engine to index it. So I identified my exact issue.
    4. Your sitemap is incorrect and needs resubmission. My sitemap is ok as I use Yoast sitemap. So this condition is not applicable to me.                                                                          
  4.  To address this issue simply navigate to “affected pages” showed in search console -> View Page Source. Look for robots meta tag. In my case, I found the following tag with affected pages. That was the obvious reason Google Webmaster flagged it.                                                Meta tag index noindex Yoast robots meta settings
  5. Later I edited my page using Yoast SEO settings, I changed its meta robots index to “index, follow”.                                                                           Meta tag index noindex
  6. Once you confirm changes in affected pages  & its “view source code”, then resubmit it to Google for further validation.  You have to wait for confirmation from Google.
  7. This is how you can fix your Index coverage issues in webmaster panel.

If you face some other issue and fixed it then please feel free to discuss it in a comment section. We are happy to help you to solve it.

60 thoughts on “Fix Index coverage issues detected in Google Search Console

  1. OMG I got 20 emails from google about this, I thought it was a spam or phishing.

    My problem is only one link that I removed last year, and I was updated the sitemap. But google still detect it as an error.

    Since I don’t care about this removed link, can I ignore the email and not fix it?

    • You can ignore as its just indication to show something is wrong in your sitemap but I strongly recommended to inform Google about removed link from Webmaster panel. You can find option in webmaster console

  2. it was very helpful thank you

  3. What if I did not use meta robot indexed in my static website? Is it will be automatic ‘indexed’ or ‘followed’?

    • By default, it will be “Indexed” and “Follow”. But you have to check your robots.txt if they have some specific rules for some pages then it will be different accordingly.

  4. thanks a lot for solve my problem, keep it up.


  6. Gianpaolo Di Nino says:

    I see your validation started on 24 Jan, after how many days it ended? We had a similar issues later these days and validation started this morning.

  7. Very nice And helpful Article. today first time i get this Error Index coverage issue detected for site. i solve it now thank u very much

  8. Thanks for the info fixed my website with noindex issues which was created by Yoast plugin

  9. I have got similar message today. I’m try to solve this problem but still now show problem. Can you tell me that how can fix this issue.

  10. Hello sir, I have got the same message, but I have noticed that all my links are removed links about few years ago, what should I do now? Please help me.

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  11. Thanks for the information today I got the mail from google and I solved the issue.

  12. Thanks a lot for sharing us about this update. Hope you will not get tired on making posts as informative as this. 

  13. Thanks a lot Saurabh. I have resolved my issue by following the steps you have mentioned in the article.

  14. thank you for your post , i have got similar problem with my sites. i have checked robots.txt and its working well, then i try to check for incorrect meta robots tags “noindex,nofollow” or noindex,follow” for particular pages and everything runs well , its “index,follow” so why i got this problem ? and how to fix my problem ?

    • It might get flagged due to duplication of meta tags in your page. Please recheck if you have Robot meta duplication or different entries in page and robots.txt

  15. Indexed, though blocked by robots.txt

    how I fix this error??

  16. My issue is there a special url is detected by google. and it is not available in my website

  17. Thanks for sharing useful information to us!

  18. Can you recommend fix for Server errors (5xx) which occurs on one page?

  19. Hello Admin my Robots.txt is ok and all post is follow. but google sent me again {New Index coverage issue detected} please help us….

  20. I got an error message on 24 Jan and from 25 my site SERP decreasing everyday. On 6 Feb i checked and realized what might be the problem. I fixed that Soft 404 error and submitted to index and validate. After 24 hrs i got a message from Google regarding the validation, which was fixed. And from yesterday i have seen the traffic got recovered. So don’t ignore anything from Google. Just fix as soon as possible.

  21. Hi, I have a problem in my website that is new index coverage issue detected for sites : I have used Yoast SEO Plugin Free one, not Premium. Please give me advise for indexing my website

  22. thanks for sharing this useful info with us.. its really helpful to solve the issue.

  23. thanks for sharing its really a knowledge gain.. good job !its really helpful to solve the issue.

  24. Yesterday, i get the same message from Google Webmaster. I was completed scared and searched too much about this topic and find the correct details at your post.

    Thank you.

  25. Thanks it worked. What the robot txt shows red & Disallow that indicate that the URL is incorrect, so it’s better to delete the URL and then fetch and render the new URL /post. Thanks

  26. Thank you, this is so helpful! What if I added the noindex as a tag into my page because I do NOT want it do be indexed? Can I then ignore this warning message by Google? It’s a little unnerving for sure!

  27. Thank for the experlantion it really helps, a quick question i choose noindex for about and contact us page and i got this massage from google should i do anything about it?
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  28. How do i apply this on my blogger blog, not using WordPress? I can’t mark these pages individually
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  29. Wow, this was an amazing help! I simply went to Google and typed the search console message I received. Saw your help post and followed. Got the issue resolved 🙂 Saved so much time. Thank you man!

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