The Comprehensive Guide to Google Search Console Coverage Warnings

The new Google Search Console’s coverage report tells you when a page is valid with a warning. What do these warnings mean? What should you do about them?

What’s wrong with Google Search Console coverage warnings?

These pages appear in Google. Are you sure you want them to? Google is guessing that you want them to appear in search results. Of course, “appearing” and “ranking” are two different things.

What are the kinds of coverage warnings in Google Search Console?

There is only one warning in this report: Indexed, though blocked by robots.txt. This means Google added it to its index (and could be found) even if you don’t want it to be.

What do you do about an indexed, though blocked by robots.txt warning in Google Search Console?

  1. Do you want this page to be indexed? If so, you need to take no action here. It’s already in Google’s index.
  2. If you don’t want this page in Google, you need to add a noindex robots meta tag to the page, or require a login to view this page.

 

If you want to read more, check out what Google has to say about each of these warnings: https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/7440203