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I had a number of pages that Google's Search Console had marked as "Discovered - currently not indexed" 2 weeks ago, and so I clicked "Validate Fix" in the hopes of having the pages properly indexed. Once Google told me the fix had been validated, the pages disappeared off that list, but also weren't indexed.

If I check them on the URL inspector, it now says "URL is unknown to Google". All the pages have links to them from the homepage (which is correctly indexed), and they're mentioned in the sitemap, which says it successfully discovered 21 pages. Despite that, it says "no referring sitemap detected".

I don't know if it's relevant, but the "See page indexing" button on the sitemap is greyed out. Additionally, these pages have been up for about 4 months now, having only had this activity now, 2 weeks ago.

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  • Is your sitemap detected in general? What is listed under sitemaps in google search console. Did you try manually submitting your sitemap?
    – Peter206
    Commented Feb 7, 2023 at 10:27
  • "Discovered - currently not indexed" is perfectly normal for new sites. You need to wait a year before Google indexes more than a few pages. See Why aren't search engines indexing my content? Commented Feb 7, 2023 at 11:18
  • @Peter206 Yes, it's been manually submitted.
    – Megukaphii
    Commented Feb 8, 2023 at 0:13

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You have to cope with 2 types of delay:

  1. If you request validation of a certain fix, this is not happening immediately. How long this takes, Google does not say precisely. But if the page disappears from the list, this has probably happened already.

  2. There is also a delay in the display in the Google search console. I have observed e.g. that I check on day X and something is not listed yet. When I check on day X+1 it is listed as if it had happened on day X-3 (just an example).

In your case you can also manually request indexing of your URL inside the Google search console. For this, go to URL inspection, put your URL there, it will display the current status for you and there is also the option to "request indexing"

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  • It just seems a bit odd to me that it hasn't updated Google Search Console after, like, a whole week of it having been removed from "Discovered - currently not indexed"? Is that sort of timespan within your expectations?
    – Megukaphii
    Commented Feb 8, 2023 at 0:21
  • Possibly the page is queued for being checked if it will be indexed. My experience how long that takes is limited to just a few pages. But I think 1 week is still in the normal range for that.
    – Peter206
    Commented Feb 8, 2023 at 12:27
  • @Megukaphii If you look at search.google.com/search-console/links does it reflect all of the links yet? The links are the easiest signal you can affect which increases speed ... the major signal you can not affect is how interested is googlebot in the topic. Google focuses on tending topics and updates those fast ... sites with non-trending topics get updated fast after they are established and have links. So there is no normal time frame. Commented Feb 9, 2023 at 20:55
  • I'm seeing the same thing @Peter206 is for a new page on a new site, about a week ... with delays when they exist adding 1 or 2 weeks. As google finds links to your content the time reduces. If it is possible to link to a new page from a site google indexes daily then that new page can get indexed in a day and pages that are linked from that page index faster. Commented Feb 9, 2023 at 21:02
  • An example of a link to a new site to index content faster would be a blue checkmark twitter account that Is not shadowed so they show up when somebody who is not log-in on twitter looks at that feed. Commented Feb 9, 2023 at 21:24

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