The Comprehensive Guide to Google Search Console Coverage Errors

The new Google Search Console’s Coverage error report is very helpful but can be confusing. What do each of these errors mean? What should you do about them?

What’s the problem with Errors in the Google Search Console coverage report?

Google does not index pages listed as an error in it’s coverage report. If you want Google to index these pages, you’ve got some things to fix.

What types of errors does Google Search Console’s coverage report mention?

What is a Google Search Console Coverage Report Server Error (5xx)?

Something happened with your server when Google last requested this page.

How do you fix the Server Error (5xx) in Google Search Console’s coverage report?

Sometimes things just happen, and you can’t do anything about it. If you find a lot of 5xx errors, you might need to upgrade to a better web host.

What is a Google Search Console Coverage Report Redirect Error?

There might be a loop of very long, daisy-chain of redirects for this page. Google stopped following these redirects and has kicked you page out of the index.

How do you fix a Redirect Error in Google Search Console’s coverage report?

Trace the chain of redirects and fix them so they go immediately to the destination URL. A tool like http://redirectdetective.com/ can help you figure this out.

What is a Google Search Console Coverage Report Submitted URL blocked by robots.txt?

Your robots.txt file is telling Google not to index the page.

How do you fix the Submitted URL blocked by robots.txt errors in Google Search Console’s coverage report?

If you want this page in the index. change your robots.txt file to allow Google to view the page. Google’s robots.txt checker tool can help see which line in your robots.txt file is causing the problem.

What is a Google Search Console Coverage Report Submitted URL marked ‘noindex’?

A robots meta tag on your site is telling Google not to index this page.

How do you fix the Submitted URL marked ‘noindex’ errors in Google Search Console’s coverage report?

If you want this page in the index, you need to remove this tag from the HTML of your page.

What is a Google Search Console Coverage Report Submitted URL seems to be a Soft 404?

Google thinks you meant this page to be a 404 error. This is likely because there’s little to no content on the page. As a result, it’s not being indexed.

How do you fix the Submitted URL seems to be a Soft 404 errors in Google Search Console’s coverage report?

If you want this page indexed by Google, add more and unique content to the page. If you don’t care, just move on.

What is a Google Search Console Coverage Report Submitted URL returns an unauthorized request (401)?

To view this page, a visitor needs permission. The Googlebot does not have permission, so the page is not in its index.

How do you fix the Submitted URL returns an unauthorized request (401) errors in Google Search Console’s coverage report?

If you want the page indexed, you’ll need to grant Google permission to view the page.

What is a Google Search Console Coverage Report Submitted URL not found (404)?

You submitted a page (either through a sitemap or through an internal link) to Google but it doesn’t exist.

How do you fix the Submitted URL not found (404) errors in Google Search Console’s coverage report?

If the page no longer exists, remove it from your XML sitemap. If it should be live, you need to re-add it.

What is a Google Search Console Coverage Report Submitted URL has a crawl issue?

This is a catch-all for other problems Google encountered while viewing this page.

How do you fix the Submitted URL has a crawl issue errors in Google Search Console’s coverage report?

Who knows? This could be many different things. You’re going to have to check this out on a case-by-case basis.

 

To learn more, check out Google’s documentation on these errors: https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/7440203