Confirmed: Google Not Indexing New Content Again? Testing...

Aug 20, 2019 - 3:20 pm 5 by
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Update at 4:25pm: Danny Sullivan from Google said he believes there may be some issues and will keep us posted:

Update 3:35pm: It seems Google is indexing this piece of new content fine, but I had to test this myself to be sure and my test shows Google is indexing this content fine - at least from this site. But as you can see above, Google is having issues - at least Danny from Google confirmed it. Also, I am still tracking major publications and they are still having indexing issues.

This story is in Google's index:

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Google might be having issues with other news sites being indexed. I did recheck WSJ and NY Times and a lot of the new content is still not showing up in Google's index. So maybe this is impacting a limited number of publishers? It is hard to say...

Here is the original story below - this story is obviously still in progress.

Google may not be indexing new content once again. This post will act as a test to see if Google is able to index this story in a timely fashion. It seems the last time Google has indexed a new piece of content on the NY Times or Wall Street Journal was over an hour ago, and these sites publish content all the time.

Here are screen shots of Google News sorted by most recent for these two publications (click to enlarge the images):

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Earlier this month, Google was unable to index new content for 24 hours or so - it was resolved the next morning. This happened again in April and also a de-indexing issue prior to that. Google did issue an explanation on April 13th about these issues but it seems we might be having another issue with indexing again.

Are you noticing indexing issues? Hopefully this is nothing - we will find out shortly after I post this at 3:20pm EDT.

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