How to fix “Discovered – currently not indexed” and “Indexed, though blocked by robots.txt”?
There are many ways to promote your blog and get more views, but the easiest one to use (really!) is Google ranking.
(The second way that gets more results is Pinterest, so if you want to know how to get more views on Pinterest click here)
But let’s get to the point.
If you are here, it is because you use google search console to check the ranking of your articles on Google and you realised that many of your pages are not indexed.
It took me a year to figure out how to fix these problems so I know how stressful it can be to not get any hits in return for the many hours spent writing and researching.
You’re in luck though, this article will tell you how to solve these Google Search Console problems once and for all (I don’t want you to end up like me).
- How to fix ‘Discovered – currently not indexed
- How to fix “Indexed, though blocked by robots.txt”
How did I FINALLY fix “Discovered – currently not indexed”?
A flood of pages on my blog have dealt with this problem. About seventy or so articles (yes really!) were not appearing in Google and I had no idea what to do about it.
Spending all that time on Seo, finding keywords to rank high on Google, and in the end, not appearing in any position at all.
Most articles on the web tell you to do this when it happens:
- Check the quality of your articles
- Check that you do not have duplicate articles
- Check you don’t use offensive words or illegal topics
And all these tips are great for goodness sake, but if your blog meets all the guidelines but still doesn’t appear in Google, here’s what you need to do.
Open Google Search Console and click on Pages.
I use it in Italian but you should be able to follow it well anyway.
Under ‘Why pages are not indexed’ you will find all the reasons.
Here is how to solve the ‘Discovered – currently not indexed’.
This will open a page where under ‘examples’ you will find all the links to your articles that have not been Discovered – currently not indexed by google.
Now, copy one of the links and enter it into the top search bar.
Google search console will check the link and a tab will open with all the information you need.
When you see ‘URL not found on Google’, don’t be alarmed, here’s how to solve it.
Click ‘test URL published’.
This way, Google search will analyse the link and tell you whether the link can be indexed. If the answer is positive (as in the picture), then click ‘request indexing’.
After a few seconds, this message will appear:
That’s right, that’s all you have to do. Google will analyse your page again and if all goes well the tag ‘Discovered – currently not indexed’ will disappear and your article will become visible to everyone on Google.
Do this process with all the links that are not indexed and see that, after a few days, the number will start to decrease and you will start getting a flood of traffic from Google.
Now let’s solve the other problem.
How to fix indexed, though blocked by robots.txt
Fixing indexed, though blocked by robots.txt is much easier and faster than fixing “Discovered – currently not indexed”, you just have to follow these simple instructions.
Here are the steps to take:
- Go to WordPress
- Go to plugins and “install new plugin
- Install the plugin “Schema & Structured Data”.
- Activate it
You will see this:
- Accept Breadcrumbs as in photo
Now how did I FINALLY fix “Discovered – currently not indexed” and “Indexed, though blocked by robots.txt”. Now that you appear in Google search without any problems you can enjoy the free traffic and develop your SEO techniques to attract millions of views each month. If you found this article useful, follow the blog on Pinterest and subscribe to the newsletter if you want to receive lots of writing tips!
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