New Coverage Issue Detected for Site – How to Fix

I’d received an email notification by the Google Search Console Team, that I had a “new coverage issue detected” on my site. I followed the link ‘Fix Coverage issues’ at the bottom of the email.

Google Search Console - New Coverage Issue Detected
Google Search Console – New Coverage Issue Detected

This took me to my site in Google’s Search Console, where it displayed the following error… ‘Submitted URL Marked ‘noindex’’

Google Search Console - Submitted URL marked ‘noindex’ - Learn More
Google Search Console – Submitted URL marked ‘noindex’ – Learn More

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Google Search Console – Submitted URL Marked noindex?

So, what is a ‘Submitted URL Marked noindex’ error?

Google Search Console - Submitted URL Marked ‘noindex’
Google Search Console – Submitted URL Marked ‘noindex’

It’s…

  • 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).

Notes:

  • This is a copy of my sitemap, (in the HTML format).
  • It’s also, not the expected .xml format that sitemaps often use.
Google Search Console - Submitted URL Marked ‘noindex’ (Example)
Google Search Console – Submitted URL Marked ‘noindex’ (Example)

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)?
    • Investigate:
      • 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’
  1. I went to the plugin in WordPress that produced my sitemap ‘Google XML Sitemaps’ and clicked on the settings link (see the image below).
WordPress Plugin - Google XML Sitemaps - Settings
WordPress Plugin – Google XML Sitemaps – Settings
  1. Under the section ‘Basic Options’ I found that there was an option to ‘Include sitemap in HTML format’.
WordPress Plugin Google XML Sitemaps - Settings - Basic Options
WordPress Plugin Google XML Sitemaps – Settings – Basic Options
  1. I unchecked this box (this was generating a copy of my sitemap, in the HTML format).
  2. 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.
Google XML Sitemaps - Notify Search Engines About your Main Sitemap and all Sub-Sitemaps Now
Google XML Sitemaps – Notify Search Engines About your Main Sitemap and all Sub-Sitemaps Now
  1. Now go back to Google Search Console and Validate the Fix.
Google Search Console - Submitted URL marked ‘noindex’ - Validate Fix
Google Search Console – Submitted URL marked ‘noindex’ – Validate Fix
  1. Google Search Console will now check that it has been fixed…
Google Search Console - Submitted URL Marked ‘noindex’ Validation Started (See Details)
Google Search Console – Submitted URL Marked ‘noindex’ Validation Started (See Details)

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.

Google Search Console - Validation Passed
Google Search Console – Validation Passed

And if you’re lucky… You’ll also get an email from the Google Search Console team.

Google Search Console - Coverage Issues Successfully Fixed
Google Search Console – Coverage Issues Successfully Fixed