In my website, All other pages have canonical urls in the head section like so:

<link rel="canonical" href="https://example.com/" />

The only page without canonical is the home page '/'

When I go to google search console, I keep getting this error:

URL is not on Google

Duplicate, submitted URL not selected as canonical

Referring page
None detected

Every time I fetch, I hope it will get fix but not happening. Should I add canonical on the home page too pointing itself?

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    Do all the canonical URLs on all the sub-pages point to the home page? If so, that could be the problem. Commented Jun 18, 2019 at 9:02

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Finally I see the message: URL is on Google

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My site is a local business site with static pages for products, services, about etc. They have somehow similar content but not exactly. Here is what I did to fix:

  • Added canonical link on all pages including home page
  • All those canonical links are pointing to home page 'domain.com/'
  • Resubmitted the sitemap
  • After about 2 hours, when I ran the URL Inspection test, It was showing its is in google index.

Canonical link in the head section of all pages:

<link rel="canonical" href="https://example.com/" />

UPDATE: I have added canonical url on each pages including home page. All of them point to itself. I am doing this because I don't have duplicate content. Few pages are already showing up in google search on page 1/2

  • As Stephen mentioned, if all your pages are canonicalising to the home page you will have a problem. Each page needs to canonicalise to itself. Commented Jun 19, 2019 at 8:32
  • @TonyMcCreath I have added canonical on each page pointing to themself instead of home page because I don’t really have any duplication. Let’s see what happens. Commented Jun 19, 2019 at 10:45

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