The Google Search Console complains, that a few thousand pages are marked as "Submitted, but not indexed" but it is correct in a way that we don't want to have these pages in the index, but still browsable by users, hence why we set the meta tag. Am I missing something in my implementation to let Google know that this is correct or should I simply ignore this error?

Edit: The pages are listings that were at some point indexed but when they aren't available anymore we wanna remove them from the index asap

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    Why only correct "in a way?" That sounds completely correct to me. Nov 9, 2020 at 15:47
  • @StephenOstermiller I meant that it's correct for us but Google still flags it as an error and I'm not sure if i can ignore it because it's correct for us or if there is a way to let Google know that that's what we want to have
    – mxmtsk
    Nov 10, 2020 at 14:35
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    Does Google say that's an error report? I think that's more just informational. Nov 10, 2020 at 23:56

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I suspect the key is the word "submitted". This suggests that you are actively submitting noindex URLs for indexation — probably via an XML sitemap.

In the Coverage report you should see a drop-down menu at the top left, where you can select between all known and all submitted pages. This might help you to see if you're unintentionally submitting these pages.

Known and submitted page menu in Google Search Console's Coverage report

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