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Questions tagged [google-search-console]

A Google web-based console that provides additional insight into a registered website's search performance and potential issues.

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The Sitemap Paradox

We use a sitemap on Stack Overflow, but I have mixed feelings about it. Web crawlers usually discover pages from links within the site and from other sites. Sitemaps supplement this data to allow ...
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Number of indexed pages with “site:” search less than reported in Google Webmaster Tools

In Google webmaster tools it shows that I have 309 pages indexed, but when I search using "site:site.com" appear about 180 only (On the first page appears "about 608 results," something near the total ...
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Moving from HTTP to HTTPS in Google Search Console

I'm moving from HTTP to HTTPS for my entire site. The site is currently added to Google Search Console (formerly Google Webmaster Tools) as www.example.com and all the pages are indexed without using ...
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Should I submit https:// and http:// in Google Search Console both with and without the www?

In my site I'm redirecting everything (http://, http://www., https://) to https://www.example.com. Google webmaster tools says: Make sure you add both "www" and "non-www" versions for your site. Also,...
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I'm using a vanity country code top level domain (ccTLD), can I persuade Google to geotarget a different region?

Because I'm still living like it's 2008, I run a website with a .in TLD. The website has nothing to do we India and does not target Indian users. Unfortunately, when I go to Google Webmaster Tools I ...
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Huge drop [50%] in traffic after HTTPS move

Currently look after 3 websites. I changed one of them to be HTTPS as it's ecommerce, however have seen a huge drop in organic traffic since this was implemented. Went from around 800 impressions to ...
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How to fix “404 Not Found” crawl errors reported by Google in Search Console

I was checking on Google webmaster tools for my blog site to see if there's any indication on why my blog traffic decreased to half in one day and i saw 43 Not Found crawl errors and 5 in Sitemap Not ...
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“Temporarily unreachable” when using fetch as Googlebot from Webmasters Tools

The page I'm trying to fetch is public. The server logs show no request. Google reports that any page on my site is "Temporarily unreachable". It won't even fetch the verification file, a static ...
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Sitemaps - one per subdomain or one for the base domain?

I have more than 5 subdomains on a project, say developer, www, staff and some more, what is the best practice in creating sitemaps? All subdomains that share a same sitemap at base domain (example....
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Why the number of indexed pages decreased for a “site:” search

Recently I created a website with hundreds of thousands of unique pages. A week ago, Google had indexed about 250,000 pages. It has now decreased to 90k URLs (using a site:domain.com query). What ...
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Why doesn't searching for the unique name of my website bring the site up in a top position on Google?

I have a website with a unique name, already indexed and with a perfect SEO. Although there are no websites with the same unique name, when I'm searching on Google I found my homepage listed on the ...
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SEO (or other) problems with a 404?

I am a member of a writing website called HubPages. We are each given a subdomain on which to write articles and are also given access to Google Webmaster Tools for our subdomain. Upon checking out ...
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Google Search Console emailing “New Mobile Usability issue detected” but live test shows “Page is mobile friendly”

I have a site with 20,000 URLs per language. Each language is added as a separate property in Google Search Console. This month Google started emailing me about each of the properties due to "New ...
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google excluding site for queries for it's exact name

I have a client site with a unique name (not just the FQDN, but the company name that the site is for) that simply will not appear for Google searches using the company name. It's a very simple and ...
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How to get tens of millions of pages indexed by Google bot?

We are currently developing a site that currently has 8 million unique pages that will grow to about 20 million right away, and eventually to about 50 million or more. Before you criticize... Yes, it ...
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International Targeting “no return tags”

Google Webmaster Tools has added an International Targeting Report to show hreflang errors. There's a section that reports "no return tags" errors with Originating URL & Alternate URL columns. ...
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How to get Google PageRank (from the toolbar) to increase from 0?

I have an issue with the Google PageRank of my site, the PR of this site is 0. I've tried many ways to increase the PR: I submitted the site in webmasters created sitemap.xml filled all meta ...
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Geographic location settings

I am building a website and it uses a Netherlands (.nl) domain. This domain is being found when using the Netherlands Google. I'd like the site to be found on all Google's not just country speific ...
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All pages from my site are showing a 404 error in the Google cache from search results [duplicate]

For the last 30 days, all internal pages of my website have been showing 404 error in the Google cache. When I click on 'Cached' on any page, it shows below error message: The requested URL /search?...
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Need Google to recrawl the pages

I've changed the meta description tag in many of my site pages. Should I select Fetch as Google->Fetch->Add to Index->URL and all linked pages in GWT? Will Google recrawl the whole site faster than ...
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Are there any clear indicators that my sitemap file is beneficial?

I have recently created a sitemap.xml file and uploaded it to my Google Webmasters Tools account. Google didn't report any issues or errors with the uploaded sitemap of my site. Now my question is: ...
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How bad would it be to use a ccTLD domain on a website targeted to another country?

I'm currently working on a website targeted mainly towards Japan (all content is in Japanese). This website's domain is registered as another country's ccTLD (in this case, Belgium's .be domain) as ...
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Huge drop off in Google “indexed” pages after switching to HTTPS, should I switch back to HTTP?

I did a full redesign of my website to make it responsive (bootstrap), added localization, and also switched the whole website to use HTTPS. My website use to default to http://www.domain.com/ and ...
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Is it better to have an ErrorDocument 404 redirect back to the homepage or a standard 404 error page?

We run an ecommerce site that was setup by a third party ecommerce software provider, basic shop with product pages, basket and checkout. The third party vendor set up the htaccess file so that if a ...
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Thousands of 404 errors in Google Webmaster Tools

Because of a former error in our ASP.Net application, created by my predecessor and undiscovered for a long time, thousands of wrong URLs where created dynamically. The normal user did not notice it, ...
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Why is the number of pages on my website indexed by Googlebot decreasing?

I am monitoring the number of pages indexed by Googlebot for one of my websites . I noticed that since last week, the number of pages has dropped by about 60 or so. Now to be fair, I have not added ...
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Google Webmaster Tools reporting crawl error 404 (Not found) for a page which has never existed

Google Webmaster Tools is reporting a crawl error "404 (Not Found)" for an .html page which has never existed on a web site I developed. The page being reported is "tyuiabmog.html", which doesn't ...
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WordPress with SOFT 404 in Google Search Console (WMT) What causes Q82019309.com?

My brothers site that I designed for him awhile has hundreds of SOFT 404's reported in Google's Search Console formerly Webmaster Tools. Generally I find fixing soft 404 easy but this has me a little ...
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Does Google crawl and index sites hosted on an IP address only (with no domain name) and non-standard port?

I have website on 203.162.177.159:8071 (Actually, that isn't the real IP address, I changed it for this question.) Because of an internal rule, this site must not have a domain name, and running on ...
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Moving site from its own domain to sub directory or subdomain - updating Webmaster Tools

Is it possible to tell Google's Webmaster Tools that our site hosted on www. has moved to a sub folder or perhaps even a subdomain? I know this is possible by using 301's but would appreciate if ...
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Google reports 404 errors on URLs that haven't existed for six months and are no longer linked to on my site

My Google Webmaster Tools account, shows that I have crawling errors that are caused by links to pages that do not exist (404 not found). But when I look at the source pages that are accused of ...
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Duplicate meta title and description displayed in Google Webmaster Tools [duplicate]

In Google Webmaster Tools under Search Appearance --> HTML Improvements it's showing: Duplicate Meta Titles - 166 Duplicate Meta Descriptions - 275 For example: Duplicate title tags Offer prices ...
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“High response time” warnings in Google Webmaster Tools

In my Google Webmaster Tools account, there are warnings about my site. Some URLs listed in this sitemap have a high response time. This may indicate a problem with your server or with the content ...
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Detecting structured data in Google Webmaster Tools

We have added some schema.org markup to a dozen of webpages on our website to provide rich snippets in Google SERP (different types, such as authorship and reviews). They are correct - at least, ...
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What are the best SEO practices when changing domain names?

I'm using the Yoast SEO plugin on a WordPress site on a new, more memorable domain to replace an old static HTML site with no SEO. I've followed Google's documentation for moving a site, set up 301 ...
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How exactly is Google Webmaster Tools measuring “Site Performance”?

I've been working for two months now on improving our response time (mainly server side) on a new forum (a brand new product on a technical point of view) we've launched in Germany a few month ago and ...
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GSC Structured Data error for “Missing: homeLocation”

Although we didn't do any changes, this new error appeared in the GSC Structured Data section: I don't really get what it means. There are many fields for Schema.org, is homeLocation suddenly a ...
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Migrating from a wordpress.com to wordpress.org blog without harming SEO

I've had a Wordpress.com weblog for 3 years. And its pages have a good pagerank and are shown in first search results pages. Because of the limitations, I should migrate to my own WordPress. How to ...
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Use site:mysite.com search without adding impressions to Google Search Console

Is there a way to conduct a site:mysite.com search without it adding impressions to the Search Console > Search Analytics report? When I do this search it adds a spike to the impressions ...
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Google follows JavaScript string as relative path - produces 404 error

This is my first question on here so I hope I'm not breaking any rules, but I have a problem: I have a site that uses an Adobe Site Catalyst for its online analytics. The suite supports tagging ...
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Unwanted Content Keywords registering by Google

I've been working on a site for a new company that is in the tactical gear/survival gear niche and have ran into a hitch with the keywords that Google ranks for the site. Namely 4 of the top 5 ...
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How to Measure the ROI from SEO Campaigns

How can I measure SEO activities ROI: including on-page and Off-page SEO. As you know any big business has a common organic traffic growth. also, SEO can affect direct traffic. so is there any way ...
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What does Avg Position from Google Webmaster really mean

I have a website I am tracking on Google's Webmaster tools. When I look at the Search queries page it shows me a graph of Impressions and clicks per day. Underneath that there is a table showing ...
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What can cause “Discovered - currently not indexed” in the new GWT

The new GWT shows sitemaps links divided into new categories. Two that confuse me: 1. Discovered- currently not indexed 2. Crawled - currently not indexed What are the possible reasons for this, and ...
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Why won't Webmaster Tools let me set a preferred domain? (says to verify, but it should already be)

I've got a domain that I apparently forgot to set a preferred domain for, so I just tried to do it. Webmaster Tools instead popped up a little box: Part of the process of setting a preferred domain ...
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Google Search Console: 404 errors on existing pages

There is a few years old small website with very few pages (~5), which were indexed and ranked by Google. A few days ago 4 of those pages disappeared from SERPs and Search Console gives me 404 Not ...
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Why do Outdated Page and Cache Removals self-happen in Google Webmaster Tools?

Take a look at the following screenshot I took from Google Webmaster Tools "Remove URLs" page: None of these were performed by me or others who have access to GWT. How do these removal requests ...
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Googlebot craw rate is too slow for a huge site

I have a new website with 140k pages, according to my sitemaps. After submission of my sitemap index to Google, the Googlebot has started crawling the site a couple of hours ago, and at a steady pace,...
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.co.uk targeted for google.co.uk .com targeted for google.com

We've had a website running on a .co.uk domain for some years, this domain is listed in the SERPS for our brand on both google.co.uk and google.com. We get little traffic from anywhere other than the ...
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Can organic traffic be spoofed in Google Analytics the same way as 'Refer spam'

Ive recently seen a large spike in organic traffic to a website in Google Analytics, to diagnose the spike ive done / will do (will do becuase some of the data is not available yet) the following : ...