Google Search Bug Selecting Unrelated Canonical URLs & Indexing Issues

Apr 26, 2019 • 7:31 am | comments (13) by | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

Google Ducks In A Row Upside Down

Google has announced on Twitter a new bug yesterday, this time with Google possibly selecting unrelated canonical URLs. Google said this can impact breadcrumb trails on mobile which might reflect the unrelated URLs. Google also said "in rare cases, it might prevent proper indexing."

Google said they are fixing this and will update us when it is fully resolved.

I personally did not see many complaints about this issue in the forums, but clearly Google spotted this bug and was transparent about revealing the issue.

Here is the tweet announcing it:

In addition, Google said this can cause new indexing issues where Google won't index specific URLs. This doesn't seem related to the indexing issue they fixed weeks ago, nor the more recent Google News indexing issue. It seems new.

Google also said one more time that they are still working on the Search Console delays due to the indexing:

This is still very delayed.

Note: I wrote this after producing the SEO video recap - so I don't discuss it in this week's recap.

Forum discussion at Twitter.

Programming Note: I am offline for Passover, this post was written on Thursday, April 25th and scheduled to be posted on Friday, April 26th.

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