Crawled - currently not indexed: what does it mean and how to fix it?

Last updated: November 12, 2020

The “Crawled - currently not indexed” error indicates that Google has already crawled these URLs, but hasn’t indexed them yet.

For most websites, this URL state is natural and will automatically resolve after Google’s processed the URLs and added them to their index. To illustrate, this is where the URLs are in Google’s indexing process:

Crawled - currently not indexed visualized

This error falls into the “Excluded” category, and looks like this in Google Search Console’s Index Coverage report:

Crawled - currently not indexed Google Search Console screenshot

If you’re frequently encountering this issue on larger websites (10.000+ pages), this may be caused by:

  1. Poor internal linkstructure: these pages don’t have enough links from. If you find important pages that you really want to rank with, add more internal links to it from pages higher in your website’s architecture.
  2. Poor content quality: these pages may have been put on the back burner by Google, because they think the content’s quality is lacking. Double-check whether your content is likely to satisfy user-intent, and adds more value than competing content on other sites.
  3. Duplication: these pages are (near) duplicates of other pages, and should actually be canonicalized.
Pro tip

Google will often surface your XML sitemaps, robots.txt and paginated pages in this error category as well. There’s absolutely no need to take action on those.

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