Why Does Google Hate My Pages?
There are many different algorithms and reasons as to why Google assigns each particular page to a given spot in search. As the years have progressed, Google has become increasingly more complex with respect to its ranking algorithms, making it (purposefully) more difficult for webmasters to guess the formulas behind rankings. In addition, this complexity has helped improve overall search experience for users. Fortunately, not all web pages are denied prominent ranking by Google – sometimes, our own errors can be the problem! Below, we’ll discuss why some of your web pages may not be showing up in Google, and how that can be fixed.
Not all individual web pages need to be visible to Google, based on the preferences of some webmasters. There can be many different reasons behind this, but modifications made in this regard could be presenting problems in other areas. Some websites feature a robot.txt file as a result of these preferences, making it possible to exclude individual files, pages or directories from Google search. If your website has one of these files, then be sure to check it and determine whether any of the affected pages are included under a page or directory excluded in the list. Even the smallest of typos when the robots.txt file was setup could prove to be disastrous for webmasters who are pinging links to Google.
Incorrect HTTP Codes
While not as common as some other mistakes, the HTTP status code mistake could be another reason as to why your pages are being ignored by Google. Every web page on the internet has an HTTP status code of some type. Most everyone is familiar with the classic “404” error (page not found), but there are others – such as 301 (moved permanently) and 403 (forbidden). Web pages that are functional and publicly indexable should be coded with HTTP 200, meaning that they are OK for the public to see and for search engines to index. Any pages that are not coded with 200 will not be visible to search engines.
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