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What can cause "Discovered - currently not indexed" in the new GWT

It is just part of the process. There is nothing for you to do until you actually get errors. To understand the categories, you need to understand how indexing works which is something that is done ...
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Does Google index #! (hash bang) URLs?

Hash bang URLs are most definitely deprecated. Wix (a popular web site builder) is probably one of the biggest facilitators of getting people stuck in them. The problem comes into play when you can ...
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Ampersand (&) in actual URL and sitemap

if this difference of ampersand in URL and sitemap will cause any issue. tl;dr No issue, because the URLs are the same. Since in sitemap & has to be escaped I replaced & with & ... ...
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Huge drop off in Google "indexed" pages after switching to HTTPS, should I switch back to HTTP?

We just switched from HTTP to HTTPS two weeks ago, and after doing extensive research this is what we did: Added the HTTPS property to our Search console. Redirected HTTP robots.txt to HTTPS robots....
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X-Robots-Tag: noindex on an HTTP 302 response to remove subdomain

As of December 2022, Google will respect a X-Robots-Tag HTTP Response header that comes as part of a HTTP 302 response - Google Search Console will report: "Indexing allowed? No: 'noindex' ...
Roberto Tyley's user avatar
6 votes

Remove HTTPS site from Google search index because users are getting a certificate error

I'm very surprised that Google is indexing the HTTPS pages with a broken certificate. Google usually prefers the HTTPS site if they both work, but I've never seen it prefer HTTPS when there is a ...
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Prevent Google from seeing "svg" as a content keyword without using .htaccess

Your problem is not that SVG images are getting indexed. The items in your screenshot are image directories. If you visit those URLs you will likely see a list of files that are in the directories. ...
Stephen Ostermiller's user avatar
5 votes

Is it possible for Google to Index a site with login?

This sounds like a great use-case for First Click Free - which would allow you to show the full content to Googlebot, while limiting the number of times a user can access content from there.
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Is there a penalty for submitting URLs for indexing too often?

Unless you are effectively spamming Google with 1000's of submissions then there would be no reason to receive some kind of penalty that would effect your own site submissions. However, for your own ...
DocRoot's user avatar
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How can I remove this URL from Google?

It looks like that you have affiliate links which have 302 redirected to the Amazon or another affiliate site. This is a common issue for affiliate websites. The issue with 302 redirects is that ...
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Huge drop off in Google "indexed" pages after switching to HTTPS, should I switch back to HTTP?

Are you checking the correct version of the search console? See the Google support site point 4: you need to add the https version as a new site. If you are still looking at the http version it's ...
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Changing URLs in Google's Index

First things first. Of your wrong URLs, make sure you are using a 301 redirect to the right URL and not just rewriting them. Make sure your links are correct. Update your sitemap so that it is ...
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301 and no-index tag don't work

I'm going to have to say google is too slow. Your best bet is to go into Google search console, access your domain within it, then select the gear icon and then site settings, then for crawl rate, ...
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How to remove old style URLs from the Google Index completely and replace them with a new style?

If you would like to replace: https://example.com/username/branches with https://example.com/username/andOtherUrlsAppendedtothis Then all you need to do is set a permanent 301 redirect. Considering ...
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How long before Google indexes a new (to me) domain that previously had spam and virus problems?

This is the very interesting situation as you didn't know the history of the domain. There are several things you may need to look. Virus vs Spam: Check if it had infection issue or it was penalised ...
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How long before Google indexes a new (to me) domain that previously had spam and virus problems?

I was pretty much in the same boat, save for the fact that mine was not an issue with spam or viruses. Instead, I had loads of broken links from when the domain was owned by someone else. Patience ...
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How do I tell which pages of my website are not indexed in Google?

Yes... but your site should be fully crawl-able. You can compare your sitemap and index count. In Google Search Console it will say Submitted X Url's / Indexed X Url's. So if the number is lower or ...
Simon Hayter's user avatar
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Blog is only indexed in Google search under HTTPS and not HTTP

It seems that your server is allowing both connections. The main problem is that you are generating duplicate content. It's well known that Google prefers https, that could be the reason you have ...
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How to De-index Non-existing Pages URL from Google

You need to go to Google Search Console. On the sidebar, click "Google Index" and then select "Delete URLs. Press "Create a new deletion request. Enter the URL in the appropriate ...
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Prevent Google from indexing images

From the Google Search Console help docs: If you want Google to exclude the image-name-here.png that appears on your site at www.example.com/images/image-name-here.png, add the following to ...
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How/why did non-www version of page on my site get indexed?

If there are any links to the non-www version of the URL from anywhere then it can result in the non-canonical URL being indexed. Also check that you have: the correct rel="canonical" link ...
MrWhite's user avatar
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Is there a way to have Google index a page but not cache it?

You can add a "Noarchive" Directive to prevent Google from caching specific web pages. <meta name="robots" content="noarchive"> or for just Google: <meta name=&...
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Can I tell google to temporarily index certain pages? I don't know if I want it to be permanent

Google understands that links are created and broken all the time on the web, so don't feel like you're making some kind of "permanent" commitment to Google by asking them to index a URL. ...
Maximillian Laumeister's user avatar
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Is it possible to disable indexing through JS?

Google supports inserting meta tags with JavaScript, including noindex. You can have JavaScript insert <meta name="googlebot" content="noindex" /> into the <head> of ...
Stephen Ostermiller's user avatar
4 votes
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Google reporting Not Found 404s in GSC from external link

There is nothing to worry about in this case, especially because your pages show a 404 error anyway and therefore nothing negative is inherited. Google simply shows all 404 pages found by the crawler ...
Tobias Schwarz's user avatar
3 votes

Magento site images are not indexed by Google

When you search for site:www.example.com images on Google, you're looking for pages on www.example.com that contain the word images. Try searching for site:www.example.com on Google Image Search. I'...
Ivo van der Veeken's user avatar
3 votes

How to stop certain urls from being indexed

If your goal is for this pages to not be seen by the public, it's best to put a password on this set of pages. And/or have some configuration that only allows specific, whitelisted addresses able to ...
woke zombie's user avatar
3 votes

X-Robots-Tag: noindex on an HTTP 302 response to remove subdomain

Google considers the status code before looking at everything else, so the X-Robots-Tag will be ignored. We did some test a year ago with a client and this was not working. The strategy that we used ...
brclz's user avatar
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Where are the complete set of Highwire Press metatags defined?

This blog post lists 39 tags, based on what sites around the web use: citation_title citation_author citation_author_institution citation_author_orcid citation_author_email citation_authors ...
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Magento site images are not indexed by Google

tl;dr I think your images are indexed OK, but you are simply not able to see all the images that Google has indexed. i did search in google image search and counted the number of images. it was ...
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