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IndexNow Now Sharing URLs Between Search Engines & IndexNow API

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IndexNow Now Sharing URLs Between Search Engines & IndexNow API


When IndexNow was first announced by Microsoft Bing in October, it was not yet at a point where the participating search engines we co-sharing URLs – but that is no longer the case. Participating IndexNow search engines, which is still just Microsoft Bing and Yandex, are now co-sharing URLs.

That means when you submit a URL through IndexNow that is submitted through Microsoft Bing, it will be instantly shared with Yandex as well. The same works the other way, submit a URL to Yandex and Microsoft Bing will get it instantly.

Plus, Microsoft said that you no longer have to use https://www.bing.com/IndexNow?url=url-changed&key=your-key or https://yandex.com/indexnow?url=url-changed&key=your-key to submit the URLs, you can use https://api.indexnow.org/indexnow?url=url-changed&key=your-key and the URLs will be shared with Bing and Yandex.

If Google does plan to adopt it, I suspect webmaster/site owner adoption will explode. Right now, Microsoft said 80,000 websites have “started publishing and reaping the benefits of faster submission to indexation” through IndexNow – but in November that number was 60,000 and all through Cloudflare’s integration (which we use here by the way). So it seems adoption has been slow?

But Microsoft released a IndexNow WordPress plugin so hopefully that will help a little?

In any event, the key new pieces here are these three points:

(1) IndexNow’s protocol is now co-sharing URLs with participating search engines.

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(2) api.indexnow.org can now be used to submit URLs to.

(3) IndexNow us now used by 80,0000 websites.

Forum discussion at Twitter.





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Google Search Console Bug Labelled Pages As Indexed When Not Indexed

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Google Search Console Bug Labelled Pages As Indexed When Not Indexed

Google just announced that it fixed a bug with Google Search Console that labeled pages as being indexed when they were not indexed. Google said this bug “affected many properties”.

Google wrote on Twitter “Today we fixed a Search Console issue that affected many properties: we were reporting pages that are not indexed as being indexed.”

Google said, “as a consequence, you might see a drop in your indexed pages in the Index Coverage report.”

So make sure to check your coverage report in Google Search Console to see if there are any major changes in the indexed versus not indexed report.

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This is not going to be a fun bug for many SEOs to report on to their clients or stakeholders. For all of you who were telling your clients X pages of the site is indexed by Google and now you need to tell them that only Y pages were indexed, that is not going to be fun.

Google also updated its issues page to write “August 17th – Search Console has corrected an internal problem where our systems were mislabeling the index status of some pages. As a result, some sites may see a decrease in the number of indexed URLs on their site. This does not reflect a change in user behavior, only a correction in the reporting.”

Forum discussion at Twitter.



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