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Use a No Index Checker to Verify Your Pages are Indexable

Picture this: You’ve poured your heart and soul into creating stellar website content, but then you hit a snag. What if search engines can’t find it? This is where the hero of our story, the “no index checker,” steps in.

It’s crucial to ensure your pages are indexable. After all, what’s the point of crafting amazing content if no one can find it? Using a no index checker ensures that all your effort pays off with indexing by Google.

With this tool, which I’ll introduce later in the article, you can rest assured that all your content is indexed, or at least indexable.

In this article, we explain various reasons why a page may not be indexed and offer solutions to fix them.

Let’s dive into the topic of verifying all your pages are indexable!

Table of Contents

How to Verify a Page Can Be Indexed

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So, what tool do I recommend as a no index checker? Google Search Console. It’s a fantastic free tool provided by Google that lets you easily check the current index status of any page on your website and diagnose indexing issues.

Google Search Console

At the top of the page within Google Search Console there is a search bar with a magnifying glass. Type in the full url to one of your pages to check its index status.

Google Search Console search bar

You will need to be logged into your Google account and have your site linked to the Google Search Console first.

Troubleshoot Non-Indexed Pages on Your Site

To check the index status of one of your pages using the Google Search Tool, simply paste the link to the page into the search bar at the top and press enter.

Google will then verify the index status and provide you with a report. If your page is indexed, congratulations, your page will appear in Google Search Engine Results Pages (SERPs) for related keywords.

However, for non-indexed pages, there could be a variety of reasons why your page is not indexed. Let’s examine those reasons and suggest some possible corrective actions you can take.

Reason 1: Your Content is New and Google has not Indexed it Yet

It takes time for Google to index new content. First, Google has to crawl your website and identify the new content, which can take a few days or maybe weeks depending on how often Google has determined to crawl your site. The more often you publish content, the more likely Google will quickly find and index your content.

Once Google has crawled your index, it then, in a separate step, has to index your content. It’s possible your content is between these two steps. In this case, you will see a message like the screenshot below.

crawled, currently not indexed

If, after a few weeks, your content has still not been indexed there could be an underlying issue with your content or your website.

Reason 2: Your Page has the ‘noindex’ Meta Tag

Individual pages within your site could be tagged as “noindex”. This tag tells Google not to index the page. In this case you will see a message like the screenshot below:

indexing request rejected

You can click on the “VIEW LIVE TEST” link to prompt Google to go to the live page and test for indexability. Here is the result of that action (I performed this on one of my pages that deliberately has a “noindex” meta tag applied).

Use Google Search Console as a no index checker

As you can see from the screenshot above in the “Indexing allowed?” column, the text states: “No: ‘noindex’ detected in ‘robots’ meta tag“.

Google won’t index page that have the “noindex” tag applied. If you’re not sure how this tag was applied and want it removed, there are a few ways to do it. The easiest way is to use an SEO plugin that will detect this issue and offer to remove the tag for you. There are various SEO plugins on the market that can detect and fix this issue for you. I personally use and recommend All in One SEO.

All in One SEO plugin

Alternatively, you could ask customer support on your hosting plan to see if they can determine the reason your pages are not indexable.

Reason 3: robots.txt is Blocking Access to Your Site

robots.txt is a text file that is commonly added to most websites, including WordPress websites, automatically. It informs search engines and other bots what pages can – and cannot – be indexed.

Your robots.txt file might be disallowing crawling, which means your page or even your entire website isn’t getting indexed. SEO plugins can help detect and fix this issue for you.

Reason 4: The Quality of the Page is too Low

Did you know that Google might ignore your content if it finds the page quality lacking? That’s right, Google’s indexing process revolves around understanding your page’s content.

Now, think about a blog post with a muddled main topic. Such a post risks remaining in the “crawled but not indexed” category, practically invisible to searchers. You don’t want that, do you?

Here’s a tip: pay attention to the Keyword Density metric provided by SEO plugin tools. Ensure your primary keyword appears just enough times to signal Google about your topic, but not so much that it feels forced or unnatural. It’s a delicate balance, like seasoning a dish to perfection. Wouldn’t you agree that the right amount of seasoning makes all the difference?

All in One SEO Plugin - Keyword Density metric
All in One SEO Plugin – Keyword Density metric

Other reasons your content is considered low quality:

Reason 5: Website Design Makes it Difficult for Google to Find Your Content

website design

Google crawls your website starting from the home page by following the links it finds. If some of your content cannot be found via links, Google may not be able to index it.

This is why adding internal links to your content is highly recommended. It is not only useful for readers, allowing them to navigate to related articles on your website, but it also helps Google find all your content more easily.

In addition, producing a sitemap is essential. This special file lists all your website’s content, making it easier for search engines to find and index your pages.

SEO plugins can create this file for you and keep it up to date as you add more content. Make sure to submit your sitemap to Google Search Console if you have content on your website that hasn’t been crawled by Google yet.

All in One SEO, Sitemap support
All in One SEO plugin can create sitemap index files for you automatically

Other Reasons

From Google Search Console clicking on the Pages link in the left hand sidebar will provide a list of reasons why your pages are not indexed.

Here is a screenshot of this page below:

why pages aren't indexed

Once you’ve resolved the issue, you can ask Google to validate the fix. Google will then schedule the crawling of those pages again, and if the problem has been fixed, they’ll be added to Google’s index.

Final Thoughts

Thanks for reading! Here is quick recap:

  • The consequences of your pages not being indexed is zero organic search traffic
  • Verify the index status of your website pages using Google Search Console
  • Troubleshoot and validate your fixes with the help of Google Search Console
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