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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 a 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 Google Index Coverage Issues in search console/webmaster

1. Go to webmaster then look for a message stating index coverage issues, then look how many pages get impacted due to this.

fix google index coverage issues


2. Once you identified it then look for suggestions from Google to fix it.

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3. Your issue is either by following, identify it first.

What is an Index Coverage Issue?

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.                                                                          

5. To address this issue simply navigate to “affected pages” showed in search console -> View Page Source. Look for the robots meta tag. In my case, I found the following tag with affected pages. That was the obvious reason Google Webmaster flagged it.

fix google index coverage issues - meta noindex tag fix google index coverage issues Yoast Setting

6. Later I edited my page using Yoast SEO settings, I changed its meta robots index to “index, follow”.                                                                          fix google index coverage issues Yoast noindex

7. 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.

8. This is how you can fix 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.

Saurabh Mukhekar is a Tech Blogger from Pune, India. He is also thinker, maker, life long learner, hybrid developer, edupreneur, mover & shaker. He's captain planet of BlogSaays and seemingly best described in rhyme. Follow Him On
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  • jacks Apr 3,2020 at 6:15 pm

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    You are providing wonderful information, it is very useful to us.
    Keep posting like this informative articles.
    Thank you.

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    • Saurabh Apr 3,2020 at 9:05 pm

      Hi Jacks,
      I really appreciate my article helped you to fix index coverage and AMP issues on your website. It’s really important to address the majority of Search Conole index coverage issue to get better visibility in Google search results

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    • Saurabh Mar 26,2020 at 7:28 am

      Thanks, I hope it helped you to fixed the index coverage issue in your Google Search Console. Be aware of it as coverage issues for mobile and AMP are as equally important.

  • Alita Yusof Mar 16,2020 at 9:10 am

    Top Errors

    Errors can prevent your page or feature from appearing in Search results. The following errors were found on your site
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    • Saurabh Mar 20,2020 at 12:34 pm

      Can you please send me an entire message you are received in the search console? This message is missing with exact cause flag in google search console, which shows what is particular index coverage issue you are getting

  • Lana Feb 20,2020 at 5:06 am

    Dear Saurabh
    Please help us also. My website is showing coverage issues while submitting for indexing.

    “Submitted URL returns unauthorized request (401)”

    This is the error message showing. Please revert back

    • Saurabh Feb 20,2020 at 11:44 pm

      Hi Lana,

      Can you send me for which URLs its showing this issue. I can help you in this for sure. I need more details to troubleshoot.

    • Saurabh Feb 23,2020 at 4:02 am

      Hey Lana can you please send me detailed information about the issue. This will help me to fix it

  • SharePoint Migration Tool Jan 22,2020 at 11:08 am

    I fixed in my feed error, but still its showing the error result

    • Saurabh Jan 22,2020 at 3:05 pm

      Did you resubmit index coverage issue for validation in goggle webmaster?

  • Montana Sep 13,2019 at 7:01 pm

    i know this is a little of topic from what you talked here, but my question is does the new google search console have a limit on how many times you can request indexing for a new post or old one, because the old one had a limit. Thanks

    • Saurabh Sep 14,2019 at 4:50 am

      Yes, it does have a limit if you already submitted your URL through webmaster for indexing then even if you do it multiple times it will consider your first request for indexing

  • Pragnesh patel Aug 21,2019 at 11:33 pm

    Please help me ,my blogs are not index ,what is excluded? 7 pages was excluded,how to fix it please help

    • Saurabh Aug 29,2019 at 5:37 pm

      can you please share what is flagged at Webmaster end?

  • Luxorchair Aug 16,2019 at 4:08 pm

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    • Saurabh Aug 18,2019 at 2:29 pm

      hope it helped you to solve your issue. Index coverage issue is a really big issue in google webmaster

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    • Saurabh May 9,2019 at 6:01 pm

      thanks, index coverage issues are very common nowadays so webmaster should not get panic about it instead of solve it step by step

  • Onome Joseph Apr 28,2019 at 3:38 pm

    This index coverage issue pops up now and then. Sometimes I log into my webmasters dashboard and find fixed. I don’t know why it keeps happening and I really tired of trying to fix a nonexistent problem. Thanks for this article.

    • Saurabh Apr 30,2019 at 2:41 pm

      Hey Onome, I understand its really irritating but I strongly suggest to recheck your content for its robots behavior, like the page is really getting indexed or not. Once you resubmit for validation it’s getting solved then nothing to worry. Index coverage issue notifications in webmasters are guidelines for users to alert them about such changes. it won’t affect your search traffic unless you have some serious SEO issues. Can you please let me know what notifications ur getting frequently? I can help you to troubleshoot about it

  • Cpm Packers Mar 16,2019 at 12:10 pm

    Thanks for this great article about index coverage issue in search console. It’s very useful to me.

    • Saurabh Mar 16,2019 at 5:30 pm

      thanks, index coverage issues for mobile and AMP is also increasing. Its important to fix it from google search console and we want to help everyone who is suffering

  • Steve Economides Jan 23,2019 at 12:19 am

    I keep getting server errors ending in /feed/. All from WooCommerce Product Pages:

    I’ve turned off reviews and comments on all of these pages. Yet the error persists.

    Do you have any suggestions on how to finally get rid of these /feed/ server errors?

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  • pankaj sahni Jan 13,2019 at 12:49 pm

    Indexed, though blocked by robots.txt

    • Saurabh Jan 15,2019 at 1:55 pm

      what plugin you are using Pankaj,
      It’s important to know. Maybe some wrong configuration blocking robots.txt. This may lead to flag many index coverage issues

  • Helena Dec 22,2018 at 5:00 pm

    Thanks Suarabh, it helps me to understand my exact problem, I will apply and let you know if still there problem.

    • Saurabh Dec 22,2018 at 10:55 pm

      Hi Helena,
      Thanks for your words. Im happy that your issue get resolved.

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    • Saurabh Dec 22,2018 at 10:56 pm

      Really appreciate about this

  • Motorcycle Price in India Nov 28,2018 at 1:13 pm

    Thank you Saurabh
    For Sharing This article. It is so helpful to me, fixing all my URLs and getting them indexed

    • Saurabh Nov 30,2018 at 4:03 pm

      Happy to hear that your index coverage issue fixed in Google webmaster. Make sure you will keep an eye on every notifications you get

  • Kingstuntz Nov 27,2018 at 6:42 am

    I actually stumbled on your page when i was google searching for solution to fix mine because I got same message for my blog Lifeofadc will go fix it with your tutorial, thanks a lot

    • Saurabh Nov 27,2018 at 5:03 pm

      really appreciate about your word. This article will surely help you to solve your index coverage issue in google search console

  • LES BrOWN Nov 13,2018 at 5:18 pm

    Greetings! Very helpful advice within this article! It’s the little changes which
    will make the greatest changes. Many thanks for sharing!

    • Saurabh Nov 14,2018 at 6:03 am

      Thanks, LES,
      index coverage issues really important to get resolved as soon. If you don’t fix it soon it may impact your SEO and other site parameters. Its nice to know that you fixed your issue

  • Sam Nov 5,2018 at 5:46 am

    This article is so helpful to me, fixing all my URLs and getting them indexed is a great feat. I am glad!
    Thank you Saurabh

    • Saurabh Nov 5,2018 at 9:03 am

      My pleasure Sam. Index coverage issue is major concern for all Google search console Admins. If you will not handle it carefully you may get impacted

  • Bike Price BD Sep 25,2018 at 2:59 pm

    Ow… that’s a good post. really so helpful.

    • Saurabh Sep 28,2018 at 5:47 pm

      my pleasure,I hope it helped you to fix your index coverage issue in google search console

  • Florrie Jun 16,2018 at 7:24 am

    My coder is trying to convince me to move to .net from PHP.
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    content into it? Any kind of help would be greatly appreciated!

    • Saurabh Jun 16,2018 at 3:54 pm

      First of all moving from wordpress to .net is very hard decision as WordPress win in many possible ways. I suggest you to stick with WordPress else you invest in .net & your results become so unpredictable. You should always have to depend on your coder for small implementation. WordPress is free, easy and epic on the internet which runs on 26 % of websites in the world

  • Visiit Jun 14,2018 at 12:16 pm

    Thanks for this great article about index coverage issue in search console. It’s very useful to me.

    • Saurabh Jun 16,2018 at 3:56 pm

      Really appreciate that your index coverage issue got resolved

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  • Megha Sharma Jun 8,2018 at 5:39 pm

    Hello, this article is very helpful recently one of my site having the problem but in my case, these 5 pages showing 404 pages. Google can’t index my pages because of no-index tag in meta. My site in WordPress I trash these pages and created a new sitemap for the website. please help me out.

    • Saurabh Jun 8,2018 at 9:20 pm

      That’s good that you trashed those pages now. I suggest do redirection of those pages URL to the homepage of your website e.g if someone visit trashed page xyz[.]com/trashed-page-url, it should get redirected to your homepage. User redirection plugin to achieve it and then submit it for validation from search console

  • webdesigncompanychennai Jun 2,2018 at 11:30 am

    Really very useful about the index coverage issue.Thanks i fixed for my website

    • Saurabh Jun 4,2018 at 6:46 pm

      thanks its great to hear your index coverage issue in google console get resolved

  • delanavaz May 28,2018 at 10:14 am

    Thanks for your post.
    I have 3 websites hosted in one hosting company
    recently google webmaster tools send me aler for index coverage issue for all 3 of them
    I checked and relaized that the hosting company has server errros for a while and my websites doesnt work

    • Saurabh May 30,2018 at 2:15 am

      Yes, server error causes to flag index coverage alerts. Once your hosting fix it then send it to validation.

  • irwin May 23,2018 at 8:51 pm

    Thanks for the article. It would be most helpful if you set links to open up in another tab rather than diverting the reader away from the article. This way we can look at your references(and anything related) without losing our place.

    • Saurabh May 24,2018 at 3:26 am

      Yes that’s also good

  • Deval Shah May 18,2018 at 2:06 pm

    very nice post one of my news site having problem but for now i m done successfully thanks to u

    • Saurabh May 20,2018 at 4:56 pm

      I’m glad that your issue is fixed

  • Emm Dee Singh May 13,2018 at 7:44 am

    Hi Saurabh,

    Thank you for this blog. Can you share your Email so that I can share my issue with you? I am still not able to resolve this error.

    • Saurabh May 18,2018 at 4:25 pm

      Emm please send me email: blogsaays[at]gmail[dot]com

  • Subodh Gupta May 10,2018 at 2:54 pm

    Wow, nice post.

    My one tag keyword getting an error in index results. As per this information, I resubmitted my sitemap. Now let’s see what happens?

    • Saurabh May 10,2018 at 4:00 pm

      thats good, if you fixed it then it will get PASS FROM GOOGLE

      • Subodh Gupta May 10,2018 at 10:08 pm

        Google indexed that sitemap but still sitemap.xml showing that link in off-white color.

        I request you to please check the sitemap of my website. post_tag link.

  • Salman Khan May 9,2018 at 7:32 pm

    Thanks friend for post.
    I’m use blogger.
    My one question?
    How to allow Indexed, though blocked by robots.txt?

    • Saurabh May 10,2018 at 4:03 pm

      To do indexing I suggest to remove rel=noidex tag form links inside of your article. Edit the respective post and look HTML code

  • 99Quotes May 9,2018 at 3:21 pm

    Hi… Thanks for your guide. The problem is, my website is at blogger (with custom domain). I am having the same issue. When I searched, the issue with all the urls of /search/*

    i.e /search/label/Fitness%20Quotes (6 other)

    I just edit the robot.txt file, where it was written
    Disallow: /search

    I just delete “/search”. It’s sufficient?

    • Saurabh May 10,2018 at 4:04 pm

      yes that was the issue, you did it right! Wait for Validation to get pass

  • Aashirvad Kumar May 4,2018 at 2:29 pm

    Hey Sourabh,

    Thanks for the guide and it’s really impressive.I have a question.
    I am getting wp-admin/admin-ajax.php 400 error. What is should do?

    Please refer me a guide.

    Aashirvad Kumar

  • Saddam May 3,2018 at 11:30 am

    Sourabh bro, I am facing google index coverage issues. Google is warning me my some URLs have marked no index. Those URLs are posts tags of my posts.
    I am using Yoast SEO, and I have disabled tags not to be indexed. Should I enable TAGS index option from Yoast SEO to index tags or leave it as disabled. Please help me I am a beginner in blogging.

    • Saurabh May 7,2018 at 2:46 am

      Yes you can do that and resubmit it for validation

  • viralpause May 3,2018 at 7:07 am

    I have this same issue, I don’t know how to solve it…. please what are the best solution for this

    • Saurabh May 7,2018 at 2:46 am

      please share your exact index coverage issue here

      • viralpause May 7,2018 at 3:16 am

        it the same problem

  • Ramadevi Apr 18,2018 at 12:16 pm

    Hi Saurabh,
    1)Today morning I got index coverage issue. I am not getting what is the problem i checked all the 4 ways what you mentioned in above guide. cloud you pls explain me.

    2)One more is I informed some unwanted URLs to robot.txt to block and not indexing but in my beta search console account showing my other main URLs as like “Submitted URL blocked by robots.txt”.

    • Saurabh Apr 18,2018 at 8:58 pm

      Hi Ramadevi,
      I suggest you to first check which URL is flagged in Google Search Console as they provide URL whoever got impacted due to this.

      Once you have that urs, simply go and check its page source code and look for nofollow,noindex attribute of links is not present in it. If you included by purpose in aticle then ignore INdex coverage issue notification. If not then simply make it index,follow and resubmit it for validation to Google .

      if you are getting errors in the crawler then simply check what URL are getting impacted

  • Alejandro Apr 10,2018 at 3:01 pm

    Hi Saurabh,
    If we want that the url still blocked and not indexed. I did everythink to blocked them, but this messages appears. And I don’t want to index them.
    How can I say to Google, “Yes” it’s correct, I don’t want to index them?

    Thks for your reply 😉

  • Ella Apr 5,2018 at 11:02 pm

    Today i opened the webmaster and i was totally shocked. Think i am gona pay for this, i was totally blank what to do. I go though the webmaster guide but it was so confusing.

    Thanks to you Saurabh, i got this article, finish reading and get relief.

    Thanks for the info and now the issue is fixed

    • Saurabh Apr 6,2018 at 4:30 pm

      Hi Ekka,
      Thanks for your kind words, I always feel energetic after looking at such kind of comments.

  • Buddhi saini Apr 4,2018 at 10:14 pm

    Thanks saurabh
    I read many articles of this issue but i was confused. But after reading this article i believe that i can slove my problem.
    Thanks for this wonderful article.

    • Saurabh Apr 5,2018 at 4:58 pm

      Thanks for your kind words, really appreciate your problem got solved

  • Franklin Apr 3,2018 at 1:20 pm

    Thank you Saurabh for the link. I read it all and I am trying to understand where I faulted with my own website. I guess I found it.
    1. My content are all ‘buying guides’ which contain about 20 amazon links or more. I have gone ahead and cut them down to 8-10 aff. links.

    2. I am going to focus on informational content for the next few months… Hopefully as Glenn Gabe said; “So if you’ve been impacted by one of these major updates, then you typically need another one of them to roll out in order to see significant improvement.” I will be seeing some improvement after all the hard work.

    Thank you again.

  • Franklin Apr 2,2018 at 4:17 pm

    I was wondering what made my traffic to reduce. But I only use a plugin to no-index the privacy,contact, disclaimer pages. Could this have affected my overall site? Well, i have gone ahead and deleted the plugin and waiting to see the results.

  • AMAN KUMAR SINGH Mar 22,2018 at 10:31 pm

    My Google search console result is showing Excluded Pages 1.44K, Errors 0, Valid Pages 453, and Valid Pages with Warnings 1, is this report good?

    • Saurabh Mar 27,2018 at 4:11 am

      I guess nothing to worry as their is no index coverage issue

  • AMAN KUMAR SINGH Mar 22,2018 at 8:04 pm

    how to fix it in All in One SEO plugin

    • Saurabh Mar 27,2018 at 4:11 am

      Same method to find robot meta tags mentioned above

  • Rajat Shankhdhar Mar 21,2018 at 10:19 pm

    Hi Saurabh, Thank you So much for the response. I have checked and didn’t find any robots line.

    Can you Please Give me your Email so that i can Tell you the whole issue.

    • Saurabh Mar 22,2018 at 3:25 am

      I pinged you already via email

  • Rajat Mar 21,2018 at 5:07 pm

    I am currently using blogger and please tell me how can i fix index coverage issues.

    • Saurabh Mar 21,2018 at 6:05 pm

      Hi Rajat,

      For Bloggers platform follow these step.
      1. Identify URL which is impacted by an index coverage issue.
      2. Go to the article and check its HTML code
      3. If there is any “NoFollow/NoIndex” tag. Please try to remove it accordingly.

      Resubmit it to google for verification.

  • shen Mar 19,2018 at 6:07 pm

    Few days back i got this error in webmaster tool

    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.

    New issue found:
    Submitted URL has crawl issue

    Now i click on validate error and got email from google

    Google has started validating your fix of Index coverage issues on your site. Specifically, we are checking for ‘Submitted URL has crawl issue’, which currently affects 1 pages.

    We will send the results of our test when it is complete. You can also monitor the progress of the test by following the link below.

    How much time google will take to fix this crawling issue ? i didn’t made any changes in error url. My url don’t have robot(noindex, nofollw) tag

    • Saurabh Mar 19,2018 at 6:48 pm

      Hi Shen,

      I guess you have to wait till Google reprocess on this issue. If it will get fagged again then you should look into your webmaster properly to see any other issue like replyto? is present or not. I think it will take a week or 2 to get more insights about resubmission. Stay tuned for an upcoming email

  • Raj Mar 15,2018 at 3:10 pm

    Hi Buddy. I am facing this problem, and the url it is picking does not exist in my website’s directory. I am confused if I need to block that in robots.txt or should i DISAWOW that. Please advice.

    • Saurabh Mar 15,2018 at 3:15 pm

      If its 404 page and doesnt exsist then resubmit sitemap to webmaster.
      If it will still persist then DISALLOW it from webmaster.

  • Norbert Mar 15,2018 at 11:38 am

    Hi Saurabh,

    I had the same issue with some of my posts. Solved using your tutorial.

    Thanks a lot.

    • Saurabh Mar 15,2018 at 3:11 pm

      Thanks Norbert. Happy for you

  • Muhammed Mar 15,2018 at 10:17 am

    Thanks for sharing. very useful information to us.

  • Gopal Bisht Mar 8,2018 at 10:28 am

    Hi, Saurabh
    Is it possible that this issue effected our server. Actually our hosting service provider says to us your site got impacted, and they suddenly suspended our website, and give himself Ownership of webmaster account through html code. Now when asking them ‘why our website not work ?” they replied ‘google reviewing your site’.
    I just want to ask you one thing Is it possible that webmaster sent them issue message to hosting provider not us? because we didn’t get any message from webmaster about this issue.
    Thanks, please give your suggestion.

    • Saurabh Mar 8,2018 at 1:14 pm

      No index coverage issue is very different, it doesn’t leads to anything related to server issue. Please check in your webmaster crawler section for 500 error to highlight more things.
      Google never send msg to hosting providers like you said

      • Gopal Bisht Mar 8,2018 at 2:53 pm

        Thank you so much. Your this help is lots for us. Thanks again, and you carry on, doing such a great job.

  • Parul Mar 7,2018 at 10:12 am

    I have also got this message today. My problem is that my web pages are by default index,follow but some pages I have blocked through robots.txt as they have some dynamic parameters in the url. Also, I don’t them to be crawled. What should I do in this case?

    • Saurabh Mar 8,2018 at 2:10 am

      if you did it with purpose then you can simply ignore this msg

  • Teena Mar 5,2018 at 9:04 pm

    I followed your suggestions but I use Weebly, not WP.

    Two of my page errors are for pages hidden from navigation. One is my 404 redirect page and the other is the welcome packet I send to guests before they check-in. I have several other pages hidden from navigation and they are not listed as errors. Do you have any idea why only these two would get flagged?

    The third error is identified only as “url”. There is no actual url shown in the description. I wish I could post screenshots!

    Thanks so much for the article and for any direction you can give me to fix this!
    Teena from beautiful New Hampshire!

    • Saurabh Mar 8,2018 at 2:18 am

      Hi Teena,
      Answering to your 1st query: It was flagged due to a redirection of pages, so you should check whether redirection is Permanent redirection or Temp redirection. There is setting in search console about this. Googling will help you. { }
      For your 2nd query: You should post a screenshot here for better understanding.It’s weird that there is no URL. Also, check crawl errors in your search console. It will give you a better idea.
      I’m always ready to help you, Good day from Incredible India !!!

  • Dinesh Sharma Mar 5,2018 at 1:20 pm

    Thanks Saurabh for this helpful post. Keep it up!

  • Geethanjali Mar 3,2018 at 2:50 pm

    I checked with robots.txt and My webpage is not blocked. When I try to open the affected page it throws an error as “500 internal server error”. How can I fix this? Is this serious issue which effects SERP result? Can you guide me?

    • Saurabh Mar 3,2018 at 3:00 pm

      Hi Geetanjail,
      You have to fix page issue as its index but facing 500 error, you can find fixes from this helpful article but still I recommended to consult webmaster to know more insights.

      • saya charming Mar 3,2018 at 3:16 pm

        The effected pages are not blocked by robots.txt, but it contains noindex & nofollow attributes in robots tag. Should I remove the robots tag from that page or need to add the page url in robots.txt file. Which is better?

        • Saurabh Mar 3,2018 at 3:21 pm

          I suggest removing tag from post instead of pushing it into robots.txt

  • Tony Mar 2,2018 at 1:42 pm

    Hi I got the same mail form google and also 15,000 urls has been excluded in my own case when I checked google console.

    I do I fix this? Am using blogger and the explanation here is different as I cannot fix this pages individually.

    I will be glad if you can help me out with blogger fix.

    • Saurabh Mar 3,2018 at 2:47 pm

      For blogger platform, you need to edit your posts whoever affected in HTML mode, find Robot meta tag, if available check for its value, if its NoIndex, NoFollow then change it accordingly. see this screenshot

  • Anaya Sharma Feb 27,2018 at 6:25 pm

    Hi Saurabh,

    I also got an email from Search console. My issue is ‘Indexed, though blocked by robots.txt’. This issue is with 2 URLs which I have blocked by robots.txt. I don’t want to get indexed these two URLs by the search engine but search engine shows as an issue. Why these pages are getting indexed though I have blocked by robots.txt?

    what should I do?

    • Saurabh Feb 27,2018 at 6:32 pm

      Hi Anaya,

      What you can do is, simply remove those URL from Robots.txt and then you can simply put robot meta tag “Noindex,Nofollow” for those 2 articles using Yoast SEO settings I mentioned in my article.

      It might get indexed before you included URL’s into Robots.txt, it happens. SO simply follow above steps and then resubmit for validation using search engine console.

  • Sunil Chaudhary Feb 26,2018 at 9:22 am

    It was a quick and great help.
    Thanks a lot for easy and very helpful information.

    • Saurabh Feb 27,2018 at 5:10 pm

      thanks Sushil, hope your issue resolved

  • Sheikh Ibrahim Feb 25,2018 at 11:37 am

    Saurabh, Bro Need your Help!!
    You explain it very well but im facing same issue but i have one more problem, URL showing in webmaster is invalid i haven’t created any URL like that is showing in web master..
    For example: URL showing in webmaster is http://www…………..table-2/ but my exact URL is wwww……table.
    please tell me if you allow i will type both url exactly.
    Thanks Waiting.

    • Saurabh Feb 25,2018 at 6:49 pm

      HI Ibrahim, it’s occurring because you forgot to do redirection as you changed old URL to new after it was indexed. Here is your solution:


      2. You could try to redirect the incorrect URL to the Correct one

  • Nisha Garg Feb 19,2018 at 1:40 pm

    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!

    • Saurabh Feb 22,2018 at 7:02 pm

      Thank you Nisha, appreciate your words

  • Grace Joseph Feb 19,2018 at 12:38 pm

    How do i apply this on my blogger blog, not using WordPress? I can’t mark these pages individually

    • Saurabh Feb 22,2018 at 7:06 pm

      Login to Dashboard and click on Layout. Then click on Edit Html subtab of Template tab. First backup Template by clicking the Download Full Template link. Then put a check in the Expand Widgets Template checkbox. Find rel=nofollow which will help you to remove from impacted pages

  • Adam Feb 18,2018 at 3:27 pm

    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?

    • Saurabh Feb 22,2018 at 7:08 pm

      Hi Adam,

      If you did it with your understanding then simply skip it else follow instructions to make it index again.

  • dramabeanz Feb 15,2018 at 9:25 am

    Thanks it help me.

    • Saurabh Feb 16,2018 at 1:02 am

      My pleasure it helped u to solve your problem of index coverage

  • Kerstin Feb 15,2018 at 3:58 am

    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!

    • Saurabh Feb 16,2018 at 1:04 am

      Yes, in that case, you just ignore because this msg flag all webmaster to indicate those pages are not indexing in google if you did noindex by mistake you should change it after looking into your settings

  • Banky Feb 13,2018 at 12:21 pm

    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

    • Saurabh Feb 13,2018 at 11:36 pm

      thanks for share Banky. Fetching URL is important

  • Amit Kumar Feb 12,2018 at 12:14 pm

    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.

    • Saurabh Feb 13,2018 at 11:36 pm

      That’s great to hear that your index coverage issue resolved

  • gssjaingurukul Feb 12,2018 at 10:52 am

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

  • 361online Feb 12,2018 at 10:50 am

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

  • Azizur Rahman Feb 10,2018 at 1:01 am

    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

    • Saurabh Feb 11,2018 at 2:19 am

      Yoast SEO FREE version also has that options. Look for gear icon in a free version. Refer images I shared in post

  • Jaki N Feb 9,2018 at 2:41 pm

    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.

    • Saurabh Feb 11,2018 at 2:20 am

      that’s amazing Jaki, We should very careful when Google Flag something in webmaster

  • itezaz hasan Feb 7,2018 at 11:01 pm

    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….

    • Saurabh Feb 8,2018 at 12:37 am

      Please check whether you removed any articles from your site permanently or check for NOINDEXED articles

  • Deborah Feb 7,2018 at 9:03 pm

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

    • Saurabh Feb 8,2018 at 12:38 am

      what kind of server error you are facing? Please explain it briefly.
      It can be fixed only getting more details about it.

  • Di-Mension Feb 7,2018 at 4:20 pm

    Thanks for sharing useful information to us!

  • SEO tips Feb 7,2018 at 2:42 pm

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

    • Saurabh Feb 8,2018 at 12:45 am

      to handle this just report REMOVED URL in webmaster panel.

  • Pankaj Kumar Feb 7,2018 at 1:12 pm

    Indexed, though blocked by robots.txt

    how I fix this error??

    • Saurabh Feb 8,2018 at 12:39 am

      if it’s blocked in robots.txt then you should remove what is blocking them

  • Donny Feb 7,2018 at 1:09 pm

    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 ?

    • Saurabh Feb 8,2018 at 12:41 am

      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

  • Pramod Kumar Feb 7,2018 at 10:24 am

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

    • Saurabh Feb 8,2018 at 12:46 am

      Happy for you Pramod, Index coverage issue is increasing lot

  • neiljakson Feb 6,2018 at 3:04 pm

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

    • Saurabh Feb 8,2018 at 12:47 am

      Thanks Neil, yes I’m not getting tired. Love to share my help to all web makers

  • Hareesh Feb 4,2018 at 9:11 pm

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

    • Saurabh Feb 4,2018 at 11:18 pm

      sounds good your index coverage issue got fix

  • Saba Naaz Feb 4,2018 at 1:36 pm

    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.


    • Saurabh Feb 4,2018 at 4:52 pm

      Go to webmaster and inform google about your removed links. Their is option to do this.

  • Abdul Alim Feb 4,2018 at 11:40 am

    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.

    • Saurabh Feb 4,2018 at 4:53 pm

      What problem exactly it is? Can u pls explain here? After solving issue u have to submit it for validation

      • Abdul Alim Feb 8,2018 at 8:54 am

        Thank you. I have done solve this issue properly. It’s my first experience. Next time I will do this quickly. 🙂

  • best wireless routers 2018 Feb 3,2018 at 6:27 pm

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

  • Deval Shah Feb 3,2018 at 12:09 pm

    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

  • Gianpaolo Di Nino Feb 2,2018 at 11:26 pm

    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.

    • Saurabh Feb 4,2018 at 4:54 pm

      It will takr week or more. You will inform if issue still persist

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    • Saurabh Feb 2,2018 at 7:11 pm

      that’s awesome your issue got resolved. Major SEO plugins have that setting so, once you fix it then nothing to worry. It will get update in Google webmaster soon after pushing it to revalidation

  • solarmovie Feb 2,2018 at 4:49 pm

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

    • Saurabh Feb 2,2018 at 6:14 pm

      that’s great as many people who upgraded to New Google Search Console getting INDEX COVERAGE ISSUE message from Google and its fix is pretty simple.

  • tradejinni Feb 2,2018 at 3:16 pm

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

    • Saurabh Feb 2,2018 at 6:17 pm

      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.

      • Adam Davies Apr 27,2018 at 1:11 pm

        Both my robots.txt and meta tags were set to noindex by a plugin… I had to set them all manually using the details in this post to get the index coverage issues sorted out. It took a while to do them all seperately, but well worth it!

        • Saurabh Apr 27,2018 at 3:23 pm

          Nice to hear Adam that your index coverage issue is fixed now. Happy for you.

  • ModernCoder Feb 2,2018 at 3:04 pm

    it was very helpful thank you

    • Saurabh Feb 2,2018 at 6:20 pm

      Great to hear, Index coverage issue in Google Webmaster is mostly flagged if you used Robots meta NOINDEX or NOFOLLOW in your earlier pages

  • Kris Feb 2,2018 at 2:03 pm

    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?

    • Saurabh Feb 2,2018 at 6:30 pm

      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

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