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Google Fixes Indexing Bug

By Christine Hazel 12 Apr 2019
Google Fixes Indexing Bug

It took six days of tireless effort from the Google team to fix the indexing bug that plagued many websites across cyberspace. Google claims to have fixed the issue but remains mum on the cause. The search engine giant did not explain what really went wrong.

On Wednesday night, Google announced that the de-indexing issue affecting websites for about a week has already been fixed.

Google SearchLiaison (@searchliaison) posted this tweet on April 11, 2019:

The indexing issue has now been fully resolved. We apologize for the inconvenience. We appreciate your patience as we restored normal operation.

A Few Details

The bug inadvertently caused pages to drop from the Google search index beginning April 4. Google claimed to have resolved the issue three days later. Later on, they backtracked a day later saying the bug issue has not been fully resolved. And much to the dismay of everyone whose business depended on Google rankings.

There were updates throughout the six days Google sought to fix the bug. They said they were “still reprocessing pages” and believed the issue may soon be resolved.

Why This Issue Is Important

There’s a reason why Google had to fix the issue. Website owners and online businesses are getting the short end of the stick. You experience huge traffic, revenue, sales and conversion losses. Your overall metrics or rankings from Google search may drop out of the index. Far from the win-win situation Google promised you as long as you follow the rules.

Google has remained mum on the likley cause(s) of the issue or to what extent the index bug affected websites. All we know is that it was important enough. Otherwise, it would not take several days – almost a week – to resolve. This index disturbate failed to show that resubmitting affected URLs to the index through the Inspect URL and Submit to index features in Google Search Console were effective.