The Google 7 Day Index Delay?

Mar 5, 2010 • 6:40 am | comments (11) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

There is a new Google theory going around, possibly a penalty or possibly a Google bug - no one is sure. There are a couple threads on the topic, one at HighRankings Forums and Google Webmaster Help.

In short, webmasters are claiming that they will post content and it would take seven full days for Google to index the content and rank it in the search engine. I can't seem to replicate this on any site that I run. But there are several webmasters complaining about the issue.

Is it possible that this type of behavior is some sort of penalty? Can it be a delay based on data center issues? Can it be an indexing bug on certain types of sites or code sets?

There are many examples of URLs and domains claiming they have this issue in the Google Webmaster Help thread.

So what do you think?

Forum discussion at Google Webmaster Help.

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Michael Martinez

03/05/2010 04:24 pm

Every site I have looked at that is complaining about this has so far proven to be using the All-In-One SEO Plug-in for Wordpress, which automatically embeds "NoIndex" on category and tag pages. Removing the plug-in seems to help resolve these crawl issues. But it's very difficult to get people to follow up.

No Name

03/06/2010 03:20 am

I think its not just with wordpress websites. i have seen the very same behavior on static websites too. Infact now a days Google is not deep crawling and updating the cache as it used to do.


03/07/2010 04:12 am

I run a couple dozen blogs, all running WordPress and All-In-One-SEO, and I have not noticed this at all. Sounds like it could be some sort of penalty.

Danna Alexander

03/08/2010 08:35 pm

I do not know much about their indexing, however I can tell you that I know people who have been indexed in less than a week, while other people I know, it has taken weeks for their site to get indexed


03/10/2010 04:43 am

I've actually been marveling at how quickly Google's been indexing my blogs, sometimes almost nearly instantaneously. But then maybe I'm close to a data center. Who knows.


03/12/2010 06:08 pm

Those that think they don't have a problem, most likely do.. It appears to be google datacenter based, so the ip is pulling search results from non-caffeine data centers so it still works correctly. However visitors 30 miles from you, may not be able to pull all your site pages up. I notice the problem is based on which datacenter you pull search results from.


03/15/2010 05:43 am

Any idea how to get rid of that google 7 day delay? I have a blog, articles show up immediately in blogsearch but take a week to show up in normal serps


04/06/2010 08:57 pm

I have a website and every time I have new content on it, I set a link in the front page to the new content. Google crawls my front page several times a day. Some times it takes less than 12 hours for the new content to show up in Google Serps. If I don't set any links in the home page to the new contents, It can take several days for Google to crawl the new contents. Hope this helps.


11/21/2010 03:02 pm

This is what I have noticed about the All in One SEO Pack. Lets say I write a post with the title "My Favorite 10 things I did while in Hawaii" and then use the all in one seo post meta box and enter a title "10 things to do in Hawaii". This results in a delay. If I don't change the post title using the all in one seo meta then it publishes instant

Alex Schenker

10/31/2013 12:30 am

Yep, we're suddenly experiencing the same thing. We didn't have these issues (indexing was almost instantaneous) until we switched from Drupal to Wordpress, and specifically the Yoast SEO plugin. I'm wondering if the parent/child sitemap setup, and the 'weekly' frequency or low, static post priorities in the sitemap have anything to do with it...

Alex Schenker

10/31/2013 12:31 am

Hi Michael. Very interesting. Have you narrowed down the issue at all? See my comment above for a similar problem we're experiencing, but with the WP Yoast SEO plugin.

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