Firstly, Google Search Console (or ‘GSC’ for short) lets webmasters monitor and manage their websites through an official portal, which is full of useful statistics. To have access to tools and data provided directly by the search engines can make optimizing your website much easier!
If you are well apprised with google search console then the recently resolved indexing bug on google should have caught your attention.
On April 4, 2019, SEO’s and site owners began reporting that significant amount of their sites pages were missing from Google’s index. By April 6, it was confirmed that there was a technical issue affecting the search index.
Site owners may notice their index coverage and enhancement report in search console have not updated recently and this might continue until it is properly resolved by google. Since the Google de-indexing issue, you may have also noticed a sudden loss in traffic, a loss in revenues, sales, conversion and overall metrics for your website.
What is important is that your pages are indexed even if search console isn’t saying so, however, just to be sure, google recommends using a site search. If you then discover that some pages are missing, then it is likely that there is a problem specific to your site.
You can also ask Google to re-crawl your URLs
- Crawling can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. Be patient and monitor progress using either the Index Status report or the URL Inspection tool.
- All methods described here have about the same response time.
- There is a quota for submitting individual URLs.
- Requesting a re-crawl multiple times for the same URL or sitemap won’t get it crawled any faster.
Will it happen again?
At the moment, indexing rates are back to normal, however there is no ruling out that it will happen again in the future. To prepare yourself in case the situation was to reoccur, it is worth re-indexing in Google Search Console if you notice a sudden change with your URLs. Although there are daily limits in place, so only assess vital page.