Missing page from Google Search Console coverage issue

A member of The Colony asked about a notification they received from Search Console. It seems like the page they sent doesn’t have any problems.

Every week, whether or not you receive a notification from Google Search Console, I recommend you look into your account and do a quick SEO audit. Sometimes you might find coverage issues (such as the “submitted, not found” error our member found). This time, however, something strange happened- the page clearly exists! What’s up, Google?

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Okay, so I got an email from Google search console that there was a new coverage issue detected. So I sent it over to stuffy, and she had emailed me back that. She’s not exactly sure what it is in reference to, because it’s not specifying a URL. It’s saying that She said, the are you have suggest that you submitted a non-existent URL for indexing, but we can’t find the page, it refers to. So we don’t know how to fix it. Sorry. Yes. So just messing with us but so you have a. Can you show us the error that you encountered please? Yes, sir. So, this was the email. Okay, it said what it is, okay, submitted URL not found, okay, okay. Needless to say, I did not submit any URL so I’m not Aware of. Okay. Okay well that’s this is a great question. So first of all, good clip, good catch and thankfully. Search console has been very very Philately where it is volunteering when it sees an error and sending us an email, which is another great way, just to set it up. And let Google tell us if there’s a problem, I recommend, we check every week but in case you don’t get to it because sometimes we don’t at least we’ll go, we’ll do this. So let’s make sure we understand this problem. So it says submitted URL, not found and you said you did not submit any URLs, know how? however, because you use a WordPress website and because you have the yoast SEO, plugin installed, you have an XML sitemap created Okay, what an XML sitemap is is a computer code list of all the pages on your site. It’s not really for humans to read. I mean you can read it. It just is designed to tell Google. Hey Google here, very simply is a list of all the things on our site, right? Because you have that you are using that to submit pages to Google. Okay? So in other words, The you didn’t manually submit a page of Google, but when you sometimes your page gets created it automatically gets submitted to Google through your XML sitemap. Okay? And so what that’s telling us is that a submitted URL, namely one probably through your XML sitemap Got a 404 error. So, do you know what a 404 not found means? It’s not there, right? So, whenever a webpage, Is viewed whether by a web browser or a computer program, like Google. It says, it’s called a header code. Now, header code gives just a number value and that the computer knows what to do with that number value. Normally, when you see a website successfully, you were receiving a 200 header code, yay. Everything’s. Okay. This case, it’s a for of for header code. And so what that tells Google is Paige isn’t there? No. When we as humans because we use WordPress. Mostly see a page, it’s not found. It usually is formatted nicely. It says page. Not found what you don’t know about behind the scenes. It’s also setting a header code with that. That says this page is for a 4. That’s where that number comes from. Its this invisible header code that gets sent behind the scenes. So in other words, what this is telling us is that there was a page submitted to Google probably via your XML sitemap that didn’t exist. Okay, and you notice that I said past tense, all right, right, because if you look at your little bar graph there, next out at one page, Meow in the last day was April 19th. So yes, since then it is gone. Interesting. Yeah. So I’d suggest and we’ve kind of talked about this for that. Google will have hiccups now and then mmm. And It looks like a hiccup frankly. Like okay, it fought the page didn’t exist for some reason but it’s resolved it so it’s nothing to worry about if there are no current Pages. If If this page was still, or if you’d logged in on Monday, April 19th it would have told you which page it was really yes huh. but, because of No longer a fluorophore. It’s no longer sending the page doesn’t exist. Header code, Google said, okay. All right, so either got fixed in your XML sitemap or some other thing happened. But not an issue.


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