We've recently made certain sections of our (previously) private forum and community open so that users can access areas of the site without registering. The site, however, is encountering indexing issues...
The site has been created using our learning management system.
Naturally, I requested Google to index certain pages via GSC, and I haven't heard anything back for more than two weeks.
Info on the URLs:
These are forum threads or "/discussion/" pages that return the "URL is unknown status to Google" status and are not being crawled or indexed:
What do you guys think is the root cause of these indexing issues?
Other potential causes and contributors, but I'm betting on the problem being the site policy:
No sitemap to help Google determine what the important pages are— although Google can crawl and index pages without there being a sitemap.
Canonical URLs - by default, none of the pages have self-referencing canonical URL tags, probably related to the configuration of the site/platform.
Many of the pages have the same
</ H1 >although I can’t see why this would trigger crawl and index issues.
I've asked our team/devs who deal with hosting settings for the site to check if something could be preventing Googlebot from crawling and indexing the site properly (although I'm not sure if this requires a log file analysis or if it’s a simple act of checking firewall-related settings etc.)?