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After you’ve completed the development of your website it is time to publish it on Google. It is a pretty easy and straightforward job but there are various errors that you might come up against in the publishing process.
In the following article, we will review the most common errors regarding google search console and the ways you can fix them.
“Submitted URL has crawl issue” Error – How To Fix
This is one of the most common errors and it means that a page has problems with Google and it cannot be indexed. You will have to find out what exactly causes this issue, fix it, and then resubmit it to Google. To do that, you should click on the “Inspect URL Button”
One of the many reasons why a page might experience crawling issues is that there is a resource of that page, for example, an image or a script that could not be loaded successfully when Google tries to crawl it.
“Submitted URL has crawl issue” Error – How To Fix
You should try a few things before proceeding.
Click on the “TEST LIVE” button to force the Google bot to refresh its report and give you the more detailed information. Then click on the “Request Indexing button“.
Then go back to the coverage report and click on the Validate Fix button. After some time you will be notified by email about the results regarding the validation fix. Sometimes it fixes automatically, but sometimes you will see some instructions in the email that you will receive, and you should follow them in order to fix it.
“Submitted URL not found (404)” – How To Fix
These kinds of errors are also very common but still very easy to fix. The 404 error in most cases tends to be a false alarm, so the first thing that you should do is to check your page if it loads or not. If you succeed in opening your page and this proves that it was a false alarm, click on the “Test LIVE URL” button and then request indexing, go back and click on the validate fix button and your issue should be fixed.
If the issue is not fixed, you can also set it a 301 redirect to a related page and after it is crawled again it will point to the new address and no longer shows these errors.
Server Error (5xx) – How To Fix
5xx errors are common server errors. The pages that are listed in the following list could not be acquired by Google and it is either because the server was down or unavailable.
Usually, you should not see ay server errors in your reports, but if you still get lots of them, this will definitely mean that you should investigate your server for any issues or problems regarding its work.
Url is Not on Google: Indexing Errors
If you see something similar to that on the image, click on any of the affected pages and you will then see some options in the right column.
Click on the Inspect URL and you will see more detailed information regarding these errors and ways to fix them.
If you are seeing the “Url is not on Google: Indexing errors” this means that Google either removed or did not find your URL.
The most common cause for this is the “noindex” added to some pages, that prevents the Google bot to crawl over them. Check your pages carefully and if you come up against a “noindex”, remove it, save and exit. This should fix your issue.
WordPress Url is Not on Google – FIX
The most common problem regarding WordPress websites is that sometimes they get this error to appear in the search console and its quite frustrating.
If your WordPress website worked great and its search console results were showing just fine, but recently you faced some misleading information, errors, or any other kinds of problems regarding the search console – it is most likely because of the search console probably lost track of your website. This happens, because most of the time people use to hardcode the search console shortcode to their theme, and with the next update of the theme files the code just disappears and Google Search console can no longer track your website. It just loses connection.
How Link Your WordPress Website To Search Console Correctly
As we already said – hardcoding the details of anything – search console, analytics, or anything else is a very bad practice. Please avoid doing this.
The smarter and more professional way is to use an external plugin that will take care of this piece of code and establish the connection between your website and the Search console, so no matter what changes or updates you do, it will always stays connected.
Insert Headers and Footers
The Insert Headers and Footers is a very convenient tool that allows you to save code in the header or the footer of your website, but in an external file, provided by the plugin. Thus your information will not be lost within any theme update and you will no longer have to think about it.
When you’ve installed the plugin, all you have to do is to click on it and you will see its settings that consist of Scripts in header, body, and footer.
After that, you need to get your verification code by Google, which can be officially found here. After you get your code, that should look something like:
go to your dashboard, then click Settings, find the Insert Headers and Footers and in the first section which is the Scripts In header section paste the following code. Click save and you are done. Your website will now be tracked by Google’s bots.
There are various reasons that you might face errors in the search console, but most of them are pretty easy to deal with and we discussed them in the article. Have in mind that after you’ve successfully verified your account it might take up to 1-2 days for the Google crawler to check it again if you’ve requested a re-crawling.