Google just announced on Twitter, that it fixed a bug in Google Search Console that was marking pages as indexed when they weren’t. Google says this bug “affects multiple properties.”
Google wrote on Twitter: “Today we fixed an issue with Search Console that affected multiple properties: we reported non-indexed pages as indexed.”
Google says “As a result, you may see a decrease in indexed pages in the index coverage report.”
Here is the Tweet:
Today we fixed a Search Console issue that affected many properties: we were reporting pages that are not indexed as being indexed. As a consequence, you might see a drop in your indexed pages in the Index Coverage report.
— Google Search Central (@googlesearchc) August 17, 2022
So, be sure to check your coverage report in Google Search Console to see if there are any major changes in indexed vs not indexed reports.
In my case, I am noticing the same problem “page is indexed in search console, but actually, it’s not” see the example:
I raised this question on Twitter and got this response from Barry Schwartz.
— Barry Schwartz (@rustybrick) August 17, 2022
Another guy in response to my Tweet said.
— Chandan Kumar (@ImChandanKumar) August 17, 2022
This bug will create a huge mess for many SEOs to report to their clients and stakeholders. For all of you who told your customers previously that X pages of the site were indexed by Google, and now you have to tell them that only Y pages are indexed, this is a real issue that they will face.
Following are the response of some SEO Geeks on Twitter, How they perceived it.
Oh no guys. Whenever you fix something it will even brake more the SERP… sorry but this is not in your hand anymore 😕
— AGOwen (@A_G_Owen) August 17, 2022
Would this drop be seen from today or does it go back a few days?
— Roxana Stingu (@RoxanaStingu) August 17, 2022
I was having an issue with a page not reindexing with updated page titles/snippet (legal issue).
Removed from index, resubmitted, cleared cache – all kept surfacing the 'old' one which doesn't exist in the DOM. Live test fine, crawled html – completely outdated :/
— Peter Macinkovic (@inkovic) August 17, 2022
So, a lot of people are concerned about this, and they are sharing problems in response to the Google Search Console tweet.