how to fix crawled - currently not indexed

“Crawled – currently not indexed” – How to Fix this Status (WordPress Guide)

“Crawled – currently not indexed” is a status that is easy to understand and fix.

This tutorial will define this status and show you how to resolve it.

And we’ll recommend a way to avoid the “crawled – currently not indexed” status in the future.

First, let’s define the error message.

What Is “crawled – currently not indexed”?

“Crawled – currently not indexed” is a page status found in Google Search Console indexing reports.

The status is applied to pages that Google has discovered and crawled but chose not to index.

To determine why this status occurs, we’ll first find examples of pages labeled “crawled – currently not indexed.”

Find “crawled – currently not indexed” Pages

For our tutorial, we’ll use a website that was recently launched.

Step 1: Log into Google Search Console

If you don’t already have a Google Search Console account, create one and follow the instructions for verifying your ownership of the site you want to analyze.

Then log into your account.

Step 2: Click Pages

In the left-hand navigation column, click Pages. That opens the Page Indexing report.

google search console pages section

Step 3: Navigate to “Crawled – currently not indexed”

Then scroll down to the “Why pages aren’t indexed” section.

Click on “Crawled – currently not indexed.”

crawled - currently not indexed google search console

Step 4: View Affected URLS

Scroll down to view affected URLs.

In our website example, we have 2 URLs listed.

crawled - currently not indexed urls in google search console

How to Fix “crawled – currently not indexed”

To begin our fix, we’ll select one of the affected URLs.

Step 1: Click a URL to fix

We’ll click on the 1st URL, the website’s /blog/ page.

Clicking that URL will cause a window to slide out from the right (on desktop).

Now, we see the INSPECT URL option.

inspect url in google search console

Step 2: Inspect URL

Click INSPECT URL.

Next, we get confirmation that the page has not been indexed.

url is not on google message in google search console

Scrolling down a bit, we see a reason: “No referring sitemaps detected.”

no referring sitemaps detected in google search console

To drill down further, we’ll click TEST LIVE URL. (The TEST LIVE URL often returns more recent data, so the results may indicate the page has indeed been indexed.)

In our case, we learned that the page can’t be indexed because it’s “not available to Google.”

We also see a reason: “Page cannot be indexed: Excluded by ‘noindex’ tag.”

page excluded by noindex tag google search console message

Scrolling down a bit further, we see a similar message; “’noindex’ detected in ‘robots’ meta tag.”

no index detected in robots meta tag google search console message

Note: If your URL isn’t available to Google, clicking REQUEST INDEXING will result in this message.

indexing request rejected google search console

Step 4: Execute Any Needed Fixes

So, our page can’t be indexed in its current state.

We must fix 2 things:

  1. We need to add the /blog/ to the sitemap.
  2. We need to remove the noindex tag from the page.

The website in our example does not use a content management system like WordPress. So, we had to go into the raw code to fix the sitemap and noindex issues.

After executing a fix, there is typically a delay before Google can recognize your page has been updated. So be prepared to wait 24 hours or so before clicking TEST LIVE URL again.

Step 5: Test Live URL Again and Request Indexing

After a day or so, pick up where you left off and click TEST LIVE URL again.

You should get a message that the URL is available to Google.

url is available to google in google search console

Next, click REQUEST INDEXING.

A success message indicates our URL was “added to a priority crawl queue.”

indexing requested

Our fix is completed. Once Google indexes the page, it will display in search results.

In our case, the page showed up within 24 hours.

example of website in search results

How to Use AIOSEO to Prevent Indexing Issues

We recommend using WordPress and an SEO plugin like All in One SEO (AIOSEO) to avoid dealing with raw code for these fixes.

aioseo homepage

Once you download and install All in One SEO (AIOSEO), the plugin will automatically generate sitemaps for you and keep them updated.

These sitemaps are 100% maintenance-free. While they allow for customization, you won’t need to worry that the content you want on Google will be excluded from your sitemap.

Sitemaps help Google discover and index your content. And AIOSEO’s sitemaps are updated whenever you modify or publish content.

In addition, there’s no need to mess with noindex tags or code. Instead, your pages, posts, and archives will be set, by default, to “Show in search results.”

aioseo search appearance toggle

If there’s a type of content you don’t want indexed, you can simply toggle the “Yes” button to “No.”

We think you’ll agree that this “Yes/No” button is much easier to deal with than editing code.

All in One SEO is an established plugin with thousands of 5-star reviews on WordPress.org. Currently, over 3 million site owners are using the plugin.

Q&A on Indexing

How do I force Google to index?

There’s no way to force Google to index, but Google Search Console can show you whether there’s an easy fix for indexing.

Realize that some pages may not be indexed because they’re duplicate pages or didn’t pass Google’s quality standards.

Why am I getting a “not indexed” status on a page that is indexed?

In Google Search Console (GSC), there’s a time lag between “not indexed” status and “TEST LIVE URL” data. So, GSC may list a URL as not indexed even though clicking the TEST LIVE URL button shows the page has been indexed.

After Fixing “Crawled – currently not indexed”

Now that you understand what causes “crawled – currently not indexed” and how an SEO plugin can help you avoid sitemap or noindex tag issues, what’s next?

Learn how to check your index status without leaving WordPress. Get a primer on crawling and indexing. And explore when to use noindex vs. robots.txt.

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Sherrie Gossett Content Writer
Sherrie is an SEO nerd based in New Hampshire in the United States. When she’s not busy researching, implementing, and writing about new SEO developments, she can be found hiking and playing guitar.

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