Improved Index Coverage Data

January 11, 2021

Google has announced significant improvements to the Index Coverage report in Search Console, based on feedback from the webmaster community. The Index Coverage report shows the indexing state of URLs that Google has visited or tried to visit on a website.

The main changes include removal of the generic "crawl anomaly" issue type, and mapping of all crawl errors to more specific issue types. These changes should help webmasters more easily identify and solve indexing issues on their site.

  • Pages that were previously reported as "submitted but blocked by robots.txt" are now reported as "indexed but blocked" (warning) instead of an error.
  • A new issue has been added: "indexed without content" (warning).
  • Soft 404 reporting is now more accurate.

These changes are reflected in the index coverage report, which may show new types of issues or changes in counts of issues. The goal of these changes is to help users better understand how Google crawls and indexes sites.

Feedback about the report can be shared through the Search Central Help Community or via Twitter.

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