To position a website in Google, it is essential that it correctly indexes each of the URLs that make it up. However, on certain occasions, said indexing is not carried out or is not completed.
We may even not know the reasons, because we usually talk about automatic indexing. But for some reason, Google is slow to detect some URLs or sometimes not at all.
Next, we will define in more detail what indexing is and what we can do to solve this problem with a solution that, although it is still in beta, can help us solve this type of situation.
The only way that currently exists to appear in search engines like Google is that it indexes the URLs of our website. To do this, Google robots, or Google Boots, must perform the corresponding tracking and identify them one by one. This tracking process is called ‘ crawling ‘ and, for its part, the identification and recognition of URLs ‘ indexing ‘.
In other words, it could be said that indexing consists of the identification and inclusion of the URLs of a website in the Google directory so that they are available for user queries.
Normally, all this happens automatically, but it is also true that it can be done manually. Therefore, from time to time it is convenient to check the indexing in Google, as there may be errors that we must correct if we want to position our website correctly.
How to check and solve indexing problems
If after performing the previous check, we detect errors in the tracking of URLs, it will be necessary to implement some type of solution.
This is where one of the latest Google page indexing tools that I have tried comes in. This is indexmenow. A service that is still in beta phase, but that apparently offers good results.
The truth is that I was encouraged to try it thanks to the reviews that other users left on Twitter. If you look for them, you will see that they speak of success rates close to 100% in 24 hours. This means that this application performs an online indexing of all the URLs of a website without errors in just 24 hours.
As I said at the beginning, this may be the solution to the inconveniences that we find on some occasions. Either because Google takes longer to index some URLs than necessary, or because it never does.
However, if you detect any indexing problem on your site, you can also carry out actions like these:
Check indexing in bulk
My first recommendation after detecting errors of this type is to check the bulk indexing . In this sense, it can be carried out in an automated or manual way.
To do it manually, you can type in the search engine: “site:yourdomain.com”. This way you can see which URLs are failing and correct them.
Check the status of the sitemap
To do this you can go to Search Console and verify that it is added correctly. It is important to keep it updated, because if not, you may find yourself with future failures that will end up affecting your positioning.
The sitemap makes it easy for Google to crawl the pages it needs to index. Without it it would be more complicated for it to find them and add them to its directory.
Check WordPress settings
Also make sure that you do not have the option “Dissuade search engines from indexing this site” activated.
The function of this option is precisely to prevent Google from indexing our website. Therefore, it is very important that it is not marked.
This check is normally selected when we are creating a new website. But once it is created it is very important to uncheck it.
Monitor page settings
Finally, you will need to make sure that your pages do not have the “noindex” tag. This tag informs Google that it is a URL that you do not want to index and, as such, it will not index it.
So if you have URLs that you don’t want Google to crawl, add it. But if not, make sure it’s not there.
Now that you have a clear idea of what indexing is , I encourage you to check the status of each of the URLs on your website. Detect if there are bugs and test applications like the one I just mentioned.