Google is working on fixing a widespread technical issue that has led to web pages getting removed from Google’s index.
Webmasters and SEOs have been affected by this issue since this past Thursday. Google didn’t officially acknowledge there was an issue until Saturday.
On Saturday, Google’s John Mueller incorrectly reported that the problem was fixed:
A day later, on Sunday, Danny Sullivan published a follow-up tweet via the Search Liaison account.
It turns out that the indexing issues are mostly fixed and are on the way to becoming fully resolved.
Also, as stated in the tweet, there’s nothing site owners need to do to get the issue resolved. The problem is all on Google’s end.
With that said, however, if there are a few high-value pages that you absolutely need indexed again ASAP
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Google confirms that there are still problems with the ranking algorithm
by Johannes Selbach · April 18, 2019
In a webmaster hangout on YouTube, Google’s John Mueller confirmed that there are still problems with Google’s ranking algorithm. Google is working on it but they don’t know when the problems will be fixed:
“Indexing is pretty core, so if there’s anything broken with indexing then it’s probably worthwhile to wait to get that to settle down first before assuming that all of these other issues are completely separate.
At this point I’m afraid to make any predictions. I hope that this is something that will be resolved fairly quickly but sometimes these things take take a lot longer than we expect.
But it is definitely something that we’re taking fairly seriously and making sure that when it’s resolved that it’s really resolved and that we can notify folks when when we think that either we we have a clearer timeline or we we’ve been able to resolve it. So I wouldn’t assume like hours but I think weeks would also be too long. So somewhere in the area of you know days. It’s really hard to say.”
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