Google Search Indexing Issue Persists Nearly 5 Days Later

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Google has verified the existence of a problem related to indexing delays that is affecting a limited number of websites. Stay informed about the most recent developments and the anticipated resolution.

Nearly five days have passed since Google initially acknowledged an ongoing problem with the indexing process of Google Search, and the issue has yet to be completely resolved.

On February 1, Google acknowledged that its search engine was encountering delays in indexing “a small number of sites.” This acknowledgment followed complaints from various SEO professionals and website administrators who noticed that their latest content was not being indexed.

On Monday, February 5, Google Analyst Gary Illyes provided an update, indicating that “some issues require a significant amount of time to be fixed correctly.” Illyes confirmed that the problem has been “mitigated,” meaning there is no longer a visible impact on users, but a proper solution is still necessary.

As of 02:21 PST on February 5, the Google Search Status Dashboard showed that the indexing problem had been partially resolved, and system stability had improved. Nevertheless, Google emphasizes that it is still actively working on a permanent solution for the issue.

The indexing issues began around 11:30 pm ET on Wednesday, January 31. Since then, numerous website publishers, content creators, and news organizations have reported difficulties in having their recently published content indexed and displayed in Google search results.

In an update, Google stated, “We are currently in the process of identifying the root cause, and the next update will be provided within 12 hours.”

While Google has confirmed that only a limited number of websites are affected by this issue, the indexing delays have been a source of frustration for publishers who rely on timely indexing to generate traffic and revenue through search.

Google has not yet shared specific details regarding the underlying cause of the problem. The company’s engineering teams are actively investigating in hopes of swiftly resolving the issue.

Original news from SearchEngineLand