Google says that it has fixed a “technical issue” that resulted in webmasters and SEOs seeing their content removed from the search index entirely last week.
Google’s John Mueller tweeted his apologies on Saturday and said that the issue, which had been prevalent on the search giant’s “side for a while”, should now be resolved. The issues first came to the fore a few days ago when webmasters saw notable changes in Google Search Console and when accessing the site command via a browser.
The problem led to some content being de-indexed, which is obviously a major negative for those looking to maintain visibility in SERPs and drive engagement. While Google apologised, Mueller said that it was unlikely that they would provide any more information about what exactly happened to cause the issue.
Those affected used Google’s URL inspection tool to check the status of webpages, and Mueller said that it was particularly useful for cases such as these. The tool provides info about crawl, index and serving directly from the index in addition to up-to-date time stamps and statuses for errors.
News site SearchEngineLand said that while the latest problem was not a major inconvenience, it does highlight how site owners can see their efforts undermined by engineering bugs and glitches. They added that the latest problem is also a timely reminder that Search Console reports should be routinely checked so that issues can be flagged immediately.
Last week’s technical issue affected sites on 4 and 5 April, but Google says that it is now resolved and no content should have any further de-indexing troubles.