Google Search Console – Submitted URL Marked noindex?
So, what is a ‘Submitted URL Marked noindex’ error?
A web page.
That’s marked ‘noindex’.
That Google thinks should be indexed, as it’s a ‘Submitted URL’.
You can see an example of the error, by following the link at the bottom of the page in Google Search Console. In my case, Google indicated that it was a copy of my sitemap (in HTML format).
This is a copy of my sitemap, (in the HTML format).
It’s also, not the expected .xml format that sitemaps often use.
Google’s search console expects a submitted URL to be searchable. It’s not. Therefore it marks the webpage with an Submitted URL Marked ‘noindex’ error.
How to fix – Submitted URL Marked noindex
The simple answer is remove the ‘noindex’ meta tag from the code, but it’s probably been put there for a reason? So you need to check all the possible solutions:
Is the URL needed. Was it published in error?
Should you delete the URL, or mark it as draft?
Why is the URL marked ‘noindex’?
Remove the ‘noindex’ meta tag from the code?
Was the file generated (by a process or plugin)?
What is the file for?
Why is it there?
Check the settings…
Solved – Here is What I Did to Fix my Issue…
In my case, the URL was an HTML copy of my sitemap (my sitemap is generated by a WordPress plugin).
Video – How to Fix Google Search Console – Submitted URL marked ‘noindex’
I went to the plugin in WordPress that produced my sitemap ‘Google XML Sitemaps’ and clicked on the settings link (see the image below).
Under the section ‘Basic Options’ I found that there was an option to ‘Include sitemap in HTML format’.
I unchecked this box (this was generating a copy of my sitemap, in the HTML format).
Next, I went to the top of the Google XML Sitemaps settings under the heading ‘Result of the last ping’ and resubmitted my sitemap and sub-sitemaps (see the image below). This also notified the search engines that they had been updated.
Now go back to Google Search Console and Validate the Fix.
Google Search Console will now check that it has been fixed…
It might take a few days, to several weeks for Google’s Search Console to check and validate the error, but the ‘Submitted URL Marked ‘noindex’’ error should eventually disappear.
And if you’re lucky… You’ll also get an email from the Google Search Console team.