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How to Fix Submitted URL Marked ‘NoIndex’ Error?

In this article, we’ll discuss how to fix the submitted URL marked ‘NoIndex’ error that appears in the Google Search Console.

What Does This Error Mean?

This message which the Google Search Console classifies as an “error” is that the page in question is not indexed. This simply means that Google attempted to index the page but wasn’t able to do so.

Why? Well, for starters – the URL was considered “submitted” which means that it was listed in your sitemap, but there is also something present on the page that indicates to Googlebot it should not index the page. This could be a simple Noindex meta tag (which would be present in the page’s HTML). As a result, the page will not show in the search results so if that’s intentional & you don’t want the page to appear in search then this is really considered a non-issue.

1 Check Whether URLs Have Been Marked As ‘NoIndex’

Please check the page source of the URLs and check whether the “noindex” robots tag is present or not. Then determine if it is a post, a page, a category, or a tag archive.

2 Check Rank Math’s Titles & Meta Settings

Once you determine what type of URLs are set to index then check their settings at WordPress Dashboard > Rank Math > Titles & Meta.

3 Ensure Settings Match Your Preferences

Check each tab and ensure that the settings are as per your preference. It is a good choice to have certain links set to no-index, especially for Misc. Pages”, “Authors”, and “Tags”.

You can easily set a post to no-index with the help of the Rank Math plugin. Ideally, you don’t want them to be indexable because it might create duplicate content issues and dilute your website’s authority.

Global Meta of Rank Math

If the pages set as “Noindex” are amongst the pages mentioned above, you can ignore them. Or, if you consider these pages add more value to your visitors and need to be indexed, then you can index these pages by selecting the respective “Index” Robots Meta tag as shown below.

Index tags

If you see “Noindex” only on individual pages or posts, check the Advanced Tab of that post/page. The Advanced Tab will be available only if you’ve enabled the Advanced mode. If you notice the Robots Meta is set to Noindex, then you can select the “Index” option as shown below:

Select Index option

And, that’s it! You can check your page’s source code to see if the Noindex meta tag has been removed. Once the Noindex meta tag has been removed, you can Start Validation in your Google Search Console to let the search engine know about the error being resolved. If you’re still having any questions about this error & how to resolve it – you’re always more than welcome to contact our dedicated support team. They are available 24/7, 365 days a year…

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