How to Fix ‘Submitted URL Marked Noindex’ Issue

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If you are a webmaster and practicing SEO, you know well that letting Google index all of the URLs of your website will lead you toward big problems that include penalty by Google. And hence, SEO practitioners take adequate care to mark some URL with ‘noindex’ tag so that Google will not crawl the pages. Typically, to avoid penalty and for some other reasons as noted below, the ‘noindex’ tag is in use for:

  • Duplicate URLs, such as,
    • Categories
    • Date Archive
    • Author Archive
    • Tag Archive
    • Taxonomy Archive
  • Thin Contents
  • Private or/and password-protected pages

However, it may happen that one day you got an email with a subject line like – ‘New Coverage issue detected for your site’ and the mail reads ‘Submitted URL marked noindex….’ It is not uncommon.

Submitted URL marked 'noindex' notification by mail
Submitted URL marked ‘noindex’ notification by mail

The most common reasons that you received such notices are:z

  1. Conflicts: You are using more than one plugins or for SEO setting or you are using two separate plugins or code sets, one for general SEO setting and another for HTML sitemap creation.
  2. Mismatch:  You set noindex for some URL types but forgot to exclude those from the sitemap.
  3. Noindex by error: Just it happened by mistake.
  4. Bug problems: Google boots are not an exception. Bug problems may appear or may disappear at any time.

I hope that now it has been easy for you to understand the problem and you possibly came out with some clues to solve it. You understand that solving the Search Console coverage issue – ‘Submitted URL marked noindex’ happened due to any of the reasons listed above, and this is not necessarily a big problem. Don’t have a clue yet? No matter. I’ll tell you how to fix the issue. Just follow the simple steps to resolve the ‘Submitted URL marked noindex’ problem in Google Search Console:

Step 1: Check if you’ve activated more than one SEO plugins

Note that if you’re using a popular SEO plugin like All in One SEO Pack or Yost SEO for your WordPress website or blog, you don’t need another plugin for sitemap creation. If you have any separate sitemap creator, inactivate and delete it. Never use multiple SEO plugins for a single website or blog. More than one plugin will create a conflict that will adversely affect your SEO. If your site isn’t a WordPress one, to ensure no-conflict, thoroughly check the HTML code sets. Delete duplicate entries or correct code variation issues.

Step 2: Check if all SEO configurations are free from any conflict

Even if you are using only one plugin for SEO, different settings for different sections may lead to SEO conflict. If you are using All in One SEO or Yost or any similar plugin, check the XML Sitemap section that you have created sitemaps according to the general setting. If there is any mismatch, correct all and update. Google will get informed about the changes automatically.

If you’re yet confused, let me make it easy with an example. Suppose, in the general setting of SEO, you have checked, ‘Use Noindex for Date Archive’ box. But contrary to it, in the XML sitemap section of the same plugin, you have simultaneously checked ‘Include Date Archive’ (in the sitemap). Both are conflicting with each other. Compare the following two screenshots and observe how they are corresponding to each other.

Noindex setting for SEO
Screenshot A: In order to request Google not to index certain URLS, boxes in red are checked to
XML sitemap setting for Search Console
Screenshot B: Corresponding to the setting in ‘A’, boxes in red are unchecked.

Step 3: Check for the mistake if there is any

Carefully check all ‘noindex’ tags. If you have used any ‘noindex’ by mistake, fix it and update the general setting. Follow step 5.

Step 4: Bug problems? Do nothing!

If you’ve already completed checking all the ‘noindex’ configurations and found no issue in SEO and sitemap setting, be sure that it’s a bug problem of Google crawlers. You received the error notification by error. It’s a temporary error and will disappear within a few days. Be relaxed, and ignore the notice.

Step 5: Validate the Fixing for Google Search Console

Open Google Search Console. Login to your account. Click the ‘Coverage’ tab. You’ll find the pages affected by the issue. Click the ‘VALIDATE’ button against the problem.

'Submitted URL marked noindex' in Goggle Search Console: Validate Fix
‘Submitted URL marked noindex’ in Goggle Search Console: Validate Fix

You’ll immediately receive an email that will read, ‘We’re validating your Coverage issue for site’ You’ll also notice that validation has started for issues (Green box in the screenshot attached). Wait for a few days. You’ll receive an email within a week that will read, ‘coverage issue successfully fixed for the site’

Validation started for 'Submitted URL marked noindex' issue
Validation started

Resolve the Issue: Submitted URL Marked ‘Noidex’

Whenever you receive a notice from Google Search Console that states – submitted URL marked noindext, do not be panic. Follow the steps that I have listed above. You can solve the problem within minutes.

If you have any further queries or issues, please feel free to ask me.

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9 Responses

  1. Jay says:

    Good tips very helpful bookmarked.

    Running into the google webmasters error message so appreciate the tips they worked.

  2. Manjeet Barua says:

    Thanks for sharing the guide. I has been in continuous trouble due to such issue. The issue also affected ranking of my pages. Your post helped me a lot. Thanks.

  3. Deana says:

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  4. Ell Gaunse says:

    Your advice worked precisely. Thanks

  5. Niradhari Gope says:

    Thanks for your help. Your suggestions could help me. I’ve no more any issue with my site.

  6. Kartik Rao says:

    This is your third post that could help me solving problem. Thanks to Google for suggesting this one for my query. One week ago, I received the similar email from Google, you discussed here. Since I didn’t have any idea to resolve the issue, I Googled on it and found your post on the top. Followed the required steps. I faced little technical issues, but subsequently could fix it.
    Your post is very clear and comprehensive. Even a non-technical person like me can understand and apply the knowledge in real problem solving. Your mastery in SEO and great blogging skills are helpful to many beginners and individual blog owners.
    Thanks a lot.

  7. Josette says:

    It works quite well for me.

  8. Arun Singh Tomar says:

    I received a notification as mentioned in the post two months ago. I couldn’t fix to stop it. However, after reading the post, I went through the processes mentioned. Finally, I could solve the problem easily. Thanks for such a helping post. A lot of good wishes and love for you.

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