Google's Indexing Delay: Proven Strategies & Tips to Get Your Blog Post Indexed Faster

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Google's Indexing Delay: Proven Strategies & Tips to Get Your Blog Post Indexed Faster

Many of us post articles on blogs and submit them to get indexed in the Google Search Console. We often ask why Google's indexing delay process is so slow and how we can expedite our blog posts to be indexed quickly. In this post, I will explain what causes these delays and offer some strategies and tips from Google to help speed up the indexing process.

My Index Story

I would go to URL inspection that input the blog post URL in Google Search Console then it shows these results. I erased the website for confidentiality purposes. It shows it's indexed. Published and submitted for indexing on August 10th, and it was successfully indexed on August 13th because I followed the Google's guidelines. I had technical issues I fixed all of them first then I noticed indexing went smoother.

What Causes Google's Indexing Delay and Why?

The cause of Google's indexing delay is due to various factors.

These include:

Website Complexity: Google’s crawlers may take longer to index pages with more complex content, such as pages with multiple images, videos, or dynamic content.

Sheer Volume of New Content Being Published Daily: Every day, thousands of articles are published online. With millions of websites and blog posts competing for attention, search engines take time to crawl and index each page.

Crawling Limitations: Google has certain limits on how much it can crawl, and too many requests may cause indexing delays.

Google Sandbox: Google may take longer to index your content if your website is new, has a low domain authority, or needs more quality backlinks.

Server Issues: If a website’s server is not responding quickly or is down, this can slow down the process of indexing pages.

Duplicate Content: Duplicate content across multiple URLs can lead to confusion for search engines and delays in indexing time for new pages or updates to existing ones.

Technical SEO Issues: Poorly configured robot text files, sitemaps, and other technical elements can lead to issues with crawling and indexing pages within your website.

Prioritize Fresh and Relevant Content: If you regularly publish new blog posts or update existing ones, you'll see faster indexing times since Google prioritizes fresh and relevant content.

Updated Algorithm: Google may take longer to index your content if your content falls outside of Google's guidelines.

Google's indexing delays are sometimes beyond our control, so patience is essential. Despite this, if you follow these best practices recommended by Google - providing valuable content consistently and maintaining technical optimization - you'll be more likely to get quicker indexation results!

Pros and Cons of Getting Your Blog Indexed

When Google indexes your blog post, it becomes searchable, allowing more people to discover and interact with it. Indexing your blog post increases its visibility and reach.

The Pros are:

  • Increased visibility and reach: Your blog post can be seen by more people and found through Google search.
  • Improved authority and credibility: When indexed, your content is seen as a credible resource, increasing your website’s reputation in the eyes of online users.
  • More targeted traffic: Indexing your blog post allows you to target specific audiences with relevant keywords, driving more qualified leads to your blog.
  • More Authority: As Google indexes more of your content, it becomes easier for yoto establish yourself as an expert in the field and gain authority with potential customers or readers.

The Cons are:

  • Increase in competition: Your content may compete with similar blogs available online for visibility on search engine result pages (SERPs).
  • Risk of duplicate content: The content on your website may not be indexed by Google if it is similar to another source, or it may hurt your ranking if flagged for duplicate content issues or if someone plagiarized your post.
  • Time-consuming: Indexing your blog posts can be time-consuming, especially if you’re submitting posts to multiple search engines.
  • Risk of penalties: If you don’t follow Google’s guidelines when submitting your blog post, you may receive a fine from the search engine. This could lead to decreased visibility and reach for your blog post.

You can increase visibility, generate organic traffic, and include your blog posts in featured snippets by indexing your blog posts. Knowing the pros and cons of Google's indexing delay will help you make an informed decision. Maintaining originality and acknowledging the fact that indexing alone cannot guarantee high rankings are vital.

Google's Proven Strategies & Tips to Get Your Blog Post Indexed Faster

It's great that you've written a great blog post and eagerly await Google's indexation. But sometimes, it takes longer than expected, which leaves you frustrated and wondering why.

The strategies here is what I use every time.

1. Submitting your sitemap: When you submit your sitemap to Google Search Console, you give the search engines a clear path to crawl and index your content.

2.Providing high-quality content: Nothing beats providing valuable and relevant content for users to improve indexing speed and overall SEO performance.

3.Optimizing meta tags: Ensure each website page has unique meta titles and descriptions that accurately describe the content. This helps search engines understand what each page is about and improves their ability to index it correctly.

4.Updating regularly: Consistently updating your website with fresh content shows search engines that you have an active presence online. It encourages frequent crawling by bots, increasing the chances of speedy indexing.

5.Sharing on social media: Promoting your blog post on social media platforms drives traffic and alerts search engines about new content. When search engine bots see social signals pointing toward your blog post, they are more likely to prioritize it for indexing.

6.Mobile Friendly and Improving Site Speed: To minimize indexing delays, ensure that your website is technically optimized by using clean code, having a mobile-friendly design, improving site speed, and implementing proper XML sitemaps.

Look at these Google-recommended strategies and tips for indexing your blog posts faster. So optimize, share, promote, and watch as your blog post gets the recognition it deserves.

Final Thoughts

Waiting for blog posts to be indexed may seem like an eternity, but understanding the reasons behind Google's indexing delays and applying effective strategies can increase the chances of indexing quicker. Setting up a sitemap on your website makes it simpler for search engines to crawl and index all applicable pages. Although patience may be hard to muster in such situations, consistently creating high-quality content will increase rankings and organic traffic. To maximize success with indexing delays, remain committed to producing valuable content. That will lead to faster indexing.


PS: Click like, comment, and share whatever is on your mind about the topic. Has anyone dealt with the issues with your indexing delays?

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Recent Comments


Thanks for clarifying all of this information, Brenda!


Hi Jeff, sure, you are welcome! I like to share this with everyone. I appreciate your comments.

Many thanks, Brenda! Keep doing what you do!


I will. Now, I'm back to work on my sites.

Well done, Brenda!


Thanks so much!

You're very welcome, Brenda! Keep doing what you do!


I sure will do that.

I know you will, Brenda!


Awesome. Yea, I always do!

You do, indeed, Brenda!


Nice post regarding indexing. Thanks for taking the time to put it all together.

Hi Linda, sure, you are welcome. I am happy to show it all to everyone.

Thanks, Brenda for such an in depth explanation about getting indexed on Google and what causes delays. I am working on updating my content more, so I am writing and posting more which cause me to be MIA here on WA. All the best.

Hi Dee,

Sure, you are welcome. I have a tendency to write the articles ( I learned all this from Partha and Diane) and then publish them immediately and update them as I go along after the articles are indexed. I have been going at it at a faster pace. I understand that growing your content and posting more is the utmost priority. I wish you all the best, too!

Thanks Brenda, that all makes sense. I'm still learning about SEO and meta tags....but I'll do all of the above once I get there.

Hi Ana, sure, you are welcome. Yes, eventually, you will get there.

Thank you for sharing this valuable insight into Google Indexing, Brenda.

I have dealt with some of these indexing issues, which can be frustrating. The one that frustrates me the most, or two..."Google could not determine the prominent video on the page that only has one video, and where a page has been indexed for several months, I get a message saying it has indexing issues. The video issue has forced me to remove the video to have it indexed. So frustrating...😣

Regards, Matt

Hi Matt,

Interesting. I have a habit of not adding video until after indexing. Yes, I understand your frustration. I will publish it and add videos after my articles are indexed.

Videos can be a tricky part when you add them before indexing. I had a similar experience, but I quickly caught on to the issue and fixed it.

I hope you were able to add the video back. If it's not relevant to the article, then the use of images will do just fine. After the index, I will embed the video where it's appropriate in my articles. I noticed no problems. Once the indexing is successful, I will improve my blog post article and update it as I go along.

I know Google's indexing delays are an issue for many people. Thanks for sharing.

Maybe I'll go back and add the videos. I removed them from two or three of my posts because of the error about the prominent video. I do not write or publish from Site Content. I do everything in the back office of WordPress. Since WordPress has been updated several times, this could potentially address some of the indexing issues I experienced.

Thank you for the advice, Brenda.
Regards, Matt

Same here, Matt, I dont use SiteContent either. I prefer to do it all directly in WordPress. It's good to know I am not the only one. I do not like SiteContent. Yes, the plugin updates must be updated after the WordPress updates. Remember the 2023 Google Core updates, they are just finishing the rollout. Some are experiencing a dip in traffic. I have not noticed it, yet it's too soon for that.

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