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When I put videos on my post I get a notice from GSC that says the page wasn't indexed because the video is 'outside the viewport'. I want to put vids in posts so is there a w

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Hey Grant,

The "video outside viewport" only matters if YOU CREATED THE VIDEO.

This DOES NOT MATTER if you are simply EMBEDDING someone else's video.

Plus, it DOES NOT affect the indexing of YOUR ARTICLE.

The easiest fix to "video outside viewport" is to include your first video ABOVE THE FOLD, so when you first visit your article, whether via desktop or mobile, you will want to see the first video WITHOUT having to scroll.

This will ensure the video can be indexed if someone opens a video tab on their browser.

BUT

Once again, this is only an issue if YOU CREATED THE VIDEO.

If you're just embedding SOMEONE ELSE'S video, you don't really care whether the video is "indexed" or not (it's not your video), and it can still be viewed on your website within your article.

Again, this DOES not AFFECT THE INDEXING OF YOUR ARTICLE.

So, Solutions:

If it's YOUR video then add it "above the fold" (what you can see with your own eyes on the article WITHOUT having to scroll)

If it's NOT your video, Easy!!! You have nothing to do, move on, write your next article.

That's it, make sense?

Partha

That's awesome Partha! Thank you so much! Hope you're having an awesome day!
Grant

👍🏆

if you make the width 80% rather than a fixed value it scales for mobile...
for me it is not about indexing the video but about user value - if they can't see all the video then there is a chance they will leave...
so make it the best experience for the user - and the bonus is that google stops complaining...
i did clear a few errors with this...

Good advice! Thank you Phil!

Grant

There's also another couple of resources you want to see

Thanks Abie I'll check these out...

Np :)

Did you see this training?

Hey Brenda! Yes but, in my experience, videos located on the page other than right at the top trigger the 'outside the viewport' response from GSC...is there a way to deal with this issue?

I shared a couple of resources above :)

I think i get it now...so 'outside the viewport' just means the video doesn't get indexed? Do I have that right and, if so, why would I care since it's not my video?

If it's not your video then ignore it as Partha said about the GSC errors. You do not need to worry about it.

But you still want to share quality value with your readers/visitors - if that was your own video content, then it is a different story.

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Embedding youtube videos in posts?

Embedding youtube videos in posts?

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Social Engagement & Marketing

When I put videos on my post I get a notice from GSC that says the page wasn't indexed because the video is 'outside the viewport'. I want to put vids in posts so is there a w

Featured Comment

Hey Grant,

The "video outside viewport" only matters if YOU CREATED THE VIDEO.

This DOES NOT MATTER if you are simply EMBEDDING someone else's video.

Plus, it DOES NOT affect the indexing of YOUR ARTICLE.

The easiest fix to "video outside viewport" is to include your first video ABOVE THE FOLD, so when you first visit your article, whether via desktop or mobile, you will want to see the first video WITHOUT having to scroll.

This will ensure the video can be indexed if someone opens a video tab on their browser.

BUT

Once again, this is only an issue if YOU CREATED THE VIDEO.

If you're just embedding SOMEONE ELSE'S video, you don't really care whether the video is "indexed" or not (it's not your video), and it can still be viewed on your website within your article.

Again, this DOES not AFFECT THE INDEXING OF YOUR ARTICLE.

So, Solutions:

If it's YOUR video then add it "above the fold" (what you can see with your own eyes on the article WITHOUT having to scroll)

If it's NOT your video, Easy!!! You have nothing to do, move on, write your next article.

That's it, make sense?

Partha

That's awesome Partha! Thank you so much! Hope you're having an awesome day!
Grant

👍🏆

if you make the width 80% rather than a fixed value it scales for mobile...
for me it is not about indexing the video but about user value - if they can't see all the video then there is a chance they will leave...
so make it the best experience for the user - and the bonus is that google stops complaining...
i did clear a few errors with this...

Good advice! Thank you Phil!

Grant

There's also another couple of resources you want to see

Thanks Abie I'll check these out...

Np :)

Did you see this training?

Hey Brenda! Yes but, in my experience, videos located on the page other than right at the top trigger the 'outside the viewport' response from GSC...is there a way to deal with this issue?

I shared a couple of resources above :)

I think i get it now...so 'outside the viewport' just means the video doesn't get indexed? Do I have that right and, if so, why would I care since it's not my video?

If it's not your video then ignore it as Partha said about the GSC errors. You do not need to worry about it.

But you still want to share quality value with your readers/visitors - if that was your own video content, then it is a different story.

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Search Engine Optimization

I'm getting this message - Excluded by ‘noindex’ tag - on many of my posts? Is there a fix for this issue?

I see that you have already gotten some help, but I wanted to give you something too. And my tip is to use your SEO plugin, many will have a index or noindex tag option that you can select. If you are using one.

Hey Jonathan! And thank you for your comment. I am trying to figure out how to use Rank Math...getting there slowly but surely I think.
Grant

More up to date RM resource

https://rankmath.com/kb/excluded-by-noindex-tag/

Awesome...ty so much!
Grant

You're welcome, have a fab weekend :) Please keep us updated on your progress.

I shall Abie! Have an awesome weekend too!

You too, Grant :) Thanks.

Hey Grant,
This may be of use to you. Hope that helps,
Danny

Most appreciated! thank you!
Grant

You're most welcome, as Theabiepplus said, please keep us updated, good luck!

Haha

I shall Danny! Thank you!
Grant

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My posts not indexed?

My posts not indexed?

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Search Engine Optimization

I'm getting this message - Excluded by ‘noindex’ tag - on many of my posts? Is there a fix for this issue?

I see that you have already gotten some help, but I wanted to give you something too. And my tip is to use your SEO plugin, many will have a index or noindex tag option that you can select. If you are using one.

Hey Jonathan! And thank you for your comment. I am trying to figure out how to use Rank Math...getting there slowly but surely I think.
Grant

More up to date RM resource

https://rankmath.com/kb/excluded-by-noindex-tag/

Awesome...ty so much!
Grant

You're welcome, have a fab weekend :) Please keep us updated on your progress.

I shall Abie! Have an awesome weekend too!

You too, Grant :) Thanks.

Hey Grant,
This may be of use to you. Hope that helps,
Danny

Most appreciated! thank you!
Grant

You're most welcome, as Theabiepplus said, please keep us updated, good luck!

Haha

I shall Danny! Thank you!
Grant

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Search Engine Optimization

I'm getting feedback from Search Console that advises that certain pages aren't being indexed due to a 're-direct.

I'm assuming this means that, if there are affiliate

You have FANTASTIC responses here; kindly let us know if you require additional assistance.

Hey Abie! Yes this is amazing and i'm really grateful for the community here. I think I have this one figured out now. On to the next issue :D
Thank you so much!
Grant

Good to know, Grant :) I'm super happy for you.

Hi Grant
A redirect occurs when someone clicks one URL and gets sent to another.
It doesn't matter whether they're sent to another site or to somewhere on your own site. Either occurrence would be a redirect.

A list of common causes includes:
You change the URL of a webpage (from URL A to URL B) and set up a redirect to continue to get traffic directed to URL A, which no longer exists.
You delete a page, which leads to a "Page Not Found".
You add category tags or parent pages that affect URLs.
You move your website to a new domain.
You merge two or more duplicate webpages.

Some SEO tools (such as Rank Math for instance) make it easy to manage redirects. Which SEO tool are you using?

GSC gives at least 2 types of messages on redirects under "Pages". There's "Page with redirect" and "Redirect error". Which are you referring to?

GSC can't know if a "Page with redirect" was set up deliberately or not so this would be a list warning of possible mistakes.

On the other hand anything in the "Redirect error" list needs investigating individually.

If you get stuck, send me a PM if you wish.
:-)
Richard

Hey Richard! And thank you so much for your reply. The message I got was 'Page with redirect. I don't think I have done any of the common mistakes you referred to but I did start out putting affiliate links in my posts which I have discontinued doing. I do have capture forms on my posts. Is this going to prevent indexing and, if so, is putting a capture page in the sidebar widget an answer to this issue? Thanks again for your time Richard! Most appreciated!
Grant

and btw I'm using Site Kit...

Site Kit is not a (so called) SEO plugin. It simply provides relatively easy access to various Google services.

I mean plugins like AIOSEO, Yoast, SEO Framework, Rank Math etc. Do you use one of these?
You'll most likely use it to check a score for SEO "best practices".

However, the "Page with redirect" message is simply checking with you that valid redirects it finds are intended. They're warning messages.

For such redirects, the FROM URL will not be indexed and Google will index the TO URL so long as its requirements are met.
:-)
Richard

Oh OK that makes sense...the 'from' URL's were my FB and Pinterest pages...thanks Richard I get that now....have an awesome day!
Grant

When you update a post and change the URL, Math rank and other tools will automatically add the redirect for you so people do not continually go to an old post.

For example, your old post was ways to succeed in 2023. You update the post to make it "evergreen", drop the 2023 from the URL, this is an automatic redirect. You would do this versus having duplicate content, as in having ways to succeed in 2024, where little has changed.

It also can happen if you had an old domain and moved all of your content to the new domain.

Hope this helps.

Hey Donald! Thank you so much for your reply...I am updating old posts so are you saying that, in so doing, the updated post wont be indexed?
Grant

If you update it you have to change the date to reflect new post and request indexing again thats what I did. You can change the date wen like today’s date for example. After you edit make sure its a new date helps to reflect the current changes. Then back to gsc to request indexing as if its a new post. Simple. I learned this from Jay’s SEO classes.

That makes sense...thank you Brenda! Have an awesome day!
Grant

A redirect is 301, which means some posts have a redirect that was deleted and has a different name. Did you check the URL of the redirect? Affiliate links are not followed and open to a new window. It might be referring to a 301 in GSC, so what's the URL- did you check that? Internal links do not follow, too. A capture form is not a redirect. GSC says, "Redirect means that some of your pages aren't indexed because users and crawlers entering them are redirected to other URLs. Google will index the target URL instead." It's as simple as that.

Hey Brenda! And thank you so much for your reply. I did just now check all the URL's for the pages Google said had redirects and, sure enough, most of them were early posts and I had links and banners all over them. So I removed them and validated the fix. So I'm hopeful that does it. Your assistance is most appreciated!!!
Grant

Sure you are welcome. The contact form has no bearing on redirect. As you found it was older posts so its deleted now you need to ask GSC to temporaily remove it as it will show a 404 or redirect it to another new post that had similiar content. Its from the training in Jay’s SEO classes. I suggest you go there to classes look for SEO and watch them. It will help you learn. Affiliate links do not cause redirects at all. You can use affiliate links. I create a button for my affiliate links in after the introduction. Then middle and end so three affiliate links per post. One or two external links and internal links to other similiar content. Richard is right Rank Math does this for yoy which is why its the best SEO plugin I highly recommend.

ok i'm starting to understand this...I will get Rank Math...thank you!

Awesome! 👍🏻

Took your advice Brenda...installed Rank Math on all my sites...looking forward to the insights it going to generate for me! Thank you and hope you're having a great start to your weekend!
Grant

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2 questions on redirect?

2 questions on redirect?

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Search Engine Optimization

I'm getting feedback from Search Console that advises that certain pages aren't being indexed due to a 're-direct.

I'm assuming this means that, if there are affiliate

You have FANTASTIC responses here; kindly let us know if you require additional assistance.

Hey Abie! Yes this is amazing and i'm really grateful for the community here. I think I have this one figured out now. On to the next issue :D
Thank you so much!
Grant

Good to know, Grant :) I'm super happy for you.

Hi Grant
A redirect occurs when someone clicks one URL and gets sent to another.
It doesn't matter whether they're sent to another site or to somewhere on your own site. Either occurrence would be a redirect.

A list of common causes includes:
You change the URL of a webpage (from URL A to URL B) and set up a redirect to continue to get traffic directed to URL A, which no longer exists.
You delete a page, which leads to a "Page Not Found".
You add category tags or parent pages that affect URLs.
You move your website to a new domain.
You merge two or more duplicate webpages.

Some SEO tools (such as Rank Math for instance) make it easy to manage redirects. Which SEO tool are you using?

GSC gives at least 2 types of messages on redirects under "Pages". There's "Page with redirect" and "Redirect error". Which are you referring to?

GSC can't know if a "Page with redirect" was set up deliberately or not so this would be a list warning of possible mistakes.

On the other hand anything in the "Redirect error" list needs investigating individually.

If you get stuck, send me a PM if you wish.
:-)
Richard

Hey Richard! And thank you so much for your reply. The message I got was 'Page with redirect. I don't think I have done any of the common mistakes you referred to but I did start out putting affiliate links in my posts which I have discontinued doing. I do have capture forms on my posts. Is this going to prevent indexing and, if so, is putting a capture page in the sidebar widget an answer to this issue? Thanks again for your time Richard! Most appreciated!
Grant

and btw I'm using Site Kit...

Site Kit is not a (so called) SEO plugin. It simply provides relatively easy access to various Google services.

I mean plugins like AIOSEO, Yoast, SEO Framework, Rank Math etc. Do you use one of these?
You'll most likely use it to check a score for SEO "best practices".

However, the "Page with redirect" message is simply checking with you that valid redirects it finds are intended. They're warning messages.

For such redirects, the FROM URL will not be indexed and Google will index the TO URL so long as its requirements are met.
:-)
Richard

Oh OK that makes sense...the 'from' URL's were my FB and Pinterest pages...thanks Richard I get that now....have an awesome day!
Grant

When you update a post and change the URL, Math rank and other tools will automatically add the redirect for you so people do not continually go to an old post.

For example, your old post was ways to succeed in 2023. You update the post to make it "evergreen", drop the 2023 from the URL, this is an automatic redirect. You would do this versus having duplicate content, as in having ways to succeed in 2024, where little has changed.

It also can happen if you had an old domain and moved all of your content to the new domain.

Hope this helps.

Hey Donald! Thank you so much for your reply...I am updating old posts so are you saying that, in so doing, the updated post wont be indexed?
Grant

If you update it you have to change the date to reflect new post and request indexing again thats what I did. You can change the date wen like today’s date for example. After you edit make sure its a new date helps to reflect the current changes. Then back to gsc to request indexing as if its a new post. Simple. I learned this from Jay’s SEO classes.

That makes sense...thank you Brenda! Have an awesome day!
Grant

A redirect is 301, which means some posts have a redirect that was deleted and has a different name. Did you check the URL of the redirect? Affiliate links are not followed and open to a new window. It might be referring to a 301 in GSC, so what's the URL- did you check that? Internal links do not follow, too. A capture form is not a redirect. GSC says, "Redirect means that some of your pages aren't indexed because users and crawlers entering them are redirected to other URLs. Google will index the target URL instead." It's as simple as that.

Hey Brenda! And thank you so much for your reply. I did just now check all the URL's for the pages Google said had redirects and, sure enough, most of them were early posts and I had links and banners all over them. So I removed them and validated the fix. So I'm hopeful that does it. Your assistance is most appreciated!!!
Grant

Sure you are welcome. The contact form has no bearing on redirect. As you found it was older posts so its deleted now you need to ask GSC to temporaily remove it as it will show a 404 or redirect it to another new post that had similiar content. Its from the training in Jay’s SEO classes. I suggest you go there to classes look for SEO and watch them. It will help you learn. Affiliate links do not cause redirects at all. You can use affiliate links. I create a button for my affiliate links in after the introduction. Then middle and end so three affiliate links per post. One or two external links and internal links to other similiar content. Richard is right Rank Math does this for yoy which is why its the best SEO plugin I highly recommend.

ok i'm starting to understand this...I will get Rank Math...thank you!

Awesome! 👍🏻

Took your advice Brenda...installed Rank Math on all my sites...looking forward to the insights it going to generate for me! Thank you and hope you're having a great start to your weekend!
Grant

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