Google’s reporting tool for indexing errors is now available to all registered Search Console users in the United States, the company announced on Monday. The tool, which was announced as a pilot in April, can be found at the end of the help document for URL checking and the report document for indexing coverage.
The button to launch the reporting tool as shown at the bottom of the URL Review Help document and the Indexing Coverage Report document.
Usage. The tool enables SEOs and website owners to report an indexing problem directly to Google. It is intended for those who need further assistance with indexing issues outside of the Google community forums and support documentation.
How to report indexing problems. Below is a screenshot of the form.
When filling out the form, follow-up questions are generated so that the SEO or website owner can add more details about the problem. “We can request more information when we confirm an actual indexing error,” says Google in the form instructions. “We’re not going to respond to any other kind of problem.”
Why we care. Indexing problems in Google Search are pretty common. In fact, we’ve reported numerous confirmed indexing issues with Google over the years. Now that this tool is out of the pilot, SEOs and website owners in the US have a way to escalate these indexing problems which should help them get closer to the solution.
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