Last updated on November 25th, 2020 at 06:55 am
In the SEO industry, experts were complaining about issues in Google indexing since the 23rd of September. Now Google has agreed to it.
Are you aware of it? Google indexing is related to URLs that have bug issues that search engines determine as canonical URLs.
This happened in September but Google didn’t agree instantly about these bug issues.
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We are currently working to resolve two separate indexing issues that have impacted some URLs. One is with mobile-indexing. The other is with canonicalization, how we detect and handle duplicate content. In either case, pages might not be indexed….
— Google SearchLiaison (@searchliaison) October 1, 2020
- Twitter was flooded with reports on Google webpages instantly in the last week of September.
- People reported that their webpages were dropping out from search results.
- Also many reported that their webpages were no longer in use and out from Google’s index.
- This canonicalization issue appears as a Google issue that webpages were cited as copied from other pages.
The search engine experts were not sure that Google has big issues or not. But it is 2nd October, Google confirmed that it has issues in canonical indexing and Mobile-indexing.
These bug issues are major problems for digital marketers and SEOs in general. Don’t panic, in this article, I will be sharing about the Google bug issue and give tips on how to tackle this issue.
Let’s jump into the recent update on Google.
Google’s issue with canonical and mobile-indexing
Google had confirmed this big issue very recently, that page got dropped out from indexing. Since then, Google was trying to fix this problem seriously and was taking measures for it.
Finally, Google revised all the issues and found that it is because of the canonical issues. And later Google confirmed that it has a Mobile indexing issue too.
Google confirmed that it has a two-fold issue, one is the canonicalization issue and the other is a mobile-indexing issue.
Google on Twitter via Search Liaison Account, “we are currently working to resolve two separate indexing issues that have impacted some URLs. One is with mobile-indexing.
The other is with canonicalization, how we detect and handle duplicate content. In either of these two cases, pages might not be indexed.”
Let’s dive deep into these two issues.
The canonicalization issue
Canonicalization issues occur in websites having many URLs, with identical content. In general terms, canonical issues appear when a website is accessed by more than one URL.
This will drop your website rank from Google’s SERP, as this will simply report your site has issues and bugs to be fixed for rankings.
Google says, “if the canonical issue is involved, URL Inspector may show the URL as a duplicate & the Google-selected canonical will be different from it.”
The Actual problem is Google will not show up the right URL for your page or it will not display your page in Google index.
The Mobile-indexing issue
The mobile-indexing issue is that Googlebot will miss indexing your website pages in Google.
Google says, “If a previously indexed page has gone, it might be the mobile-indexing issue, where we’re failing to select any page at all to index.”
Google also added that they had faced these issues earlier. Mobile indexing is not just new to them. Google admits that it faced issues in the middle of last week.
Moreover, Google faced 0.2% of issues that are large to them and they also shared the happy news that about 25% of the problem is fixed as per the October 2 update.
You will feel that 0.2% is very less, but the truth is massive than you can imagine. As Google has trillions of pages in the index.
Major Bug Fluctuations
If you are a webmaster, then you have noticed the ranking fluctuations of your website when Google launches a new algorithm update.
You all know that whenever any Google algorithm update comes, webmasters encounter ranking and traffic fluctuations happening on their websites.
But Google faced canonical URL fluctuations because of this 23rd September issue.
Most of the websites have faced this unrelated URL issue on their site because of these bugs.
Therefore the main reason for the fluctuations you encountered on your site search results or tracking tools is just because of these bugs 100%.
Many people were confused about this issue thinking that the Google algorithm is updated.
The fact is different, so if you are a digital marketer or SEO expert keep updating yourself to technology. So it’s time to see how Google is fixing this issue.
How is Google trying to resolve this?
You may be trying to resolve this issue now, but you don’t have to worry as Google is trying to fix these issues.
On Twitter, Google shared a message that fixing both these issues completely will take some days. But people were debating about these issues in articles and blogs.
So they have fixed 10% of the problem recently.
The 10% of the URL is restored now which is 1/4 that of the total 0.2% issues. And they are striving hard to fix this issue completely.
Google made it clear to everyone that they were facing this canonical indexing issue since September 20. And they will restore everything very soon.
Update: we’ve now restored about 25% of the URLs impacted by the canonical issue and about 50% of those impacted by the mobile-indexing issue. We continue to keep reprocessing more.
— Google SearchLiaison (@searchliaison) October 6, 2020
Which is very important here is that they had already fixed 10% of issues on October 2.
So you may get a question, what should you do to fix these issues? The answer is to relax, Google itself will take care of this problem.
You don’t have to worry about it anymore.
Google added that “No action is required to take with these issues on the part of site owners.” “We apologize for the issues here and are working rapidly to resolve them. We’ll update this thread as each is corrected”.
The bottom line
The Canonical issue or mobile indexing issue is quite stressful because it can degrade the ranking of your entire website.
As webmasters and SEO experts in digital marketing were more concerned over ranking, these issues may affect them more seriously.
To your fortune, Google has taken full charge by apologizing for these issues. So you can relax and Google will fix this problem out for you. Just have patience until Google fixes this completely.
Cheers to the Good news!