Google Search Console is a great tool for webmasters to monitor and enhance their search rankings on Google. However, it behaves weirdly at times and reports some errors on our websites even when they do not actually exist. Two of those most common errors are the mobile usability error and the “Indexed, Not Submitted In Sitemap” error.
In this guide, we are going to learn how to resolve the “Indexed, Not Submitted In Sitemap” issue which Google Search Console shows us, every time we try to submit a new article to search console.
The message looks like this-
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What Does “Indexed, Not Submitted In Sitemap” Exactly Mean?
This means that after Google bot crawled the page after receiving your request, it realised that it hasn’t seen that URL ever before in your sitemap. But that does not necessarily mean the URL was not updated in your sitemap at the time of checking.
If you use Google’s Blogger to host your website, then you can be 100% sure that the URL gets added into your sitemap as soon as you publish the post. This is because Blogger automatically generates the sitemap, which is available at (your domain name).com/sitemap.xml.
If you use WordPress or any other self-hosted platform, then you have two options, either you can manually create a sitemap for your site and update it each time you publish a new post or take the help of automatic SEO plugins such as Yoast SEO or Rank Math to create the sitemap and keep it updated automatically.
So as we can see, in both cases, the URL is properly being added to the Sitemap. But even then, Google shows us that error message.
Now let’s learn, why does Google show that message.
Why Does Google Show That Message Even When The URL Is Present In The Sitemap?
This is because Google doesn’t crawl your sitemap as soon as it is updated. Thus, when it finds a new URL related to your site, it tries to find it in the older version of your sitemap that’s stored in its memory, and thus, fails to find it.
Now, this entirely depends on the crawling frequency that Google has set for your site. The higher the crawling frequency, the sooner your sitemap is expected to get crawled by Google.
You can learn how Google sets the crawling frequency for domains, from here: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/google-crawl-indexing/274141/ (opens in a new tab)
Now let’s learn, how to fix this issue.
How To Fix “Indexed, Not Submitted In Sitemap” In Google Search Console?
After publishing a page or a post, first, we need to make sure that it gets successfully added to the sitemap first. For that, we need to visit our sitemap and search for the URL of the article that we just published.
If you do not know what’s the URL of your sitemap, you may visit your SEO plugin’s website and look it up or ask your site’s developer about it.
In this example, we’re gonna work with the URL: https://www.techrbun.com/fast-google-post-indexing/, which is the URL of a post on this site.
So first, we head up to our sitemap.
Now by performing a simple search (CTRL+F), we can confirm that the URL is present in the sitemap.
Now we need to refresh the sitemap in Google’s memory. To do that, simply go to Google Search Console -> Sitemaps
You will see that the sitemap is already there but the “last read” date is old. So, simply submit the same sitemap again.
After hitting the SUBMIT button, you will see that the sitemap’s “last read” date has changed to the current date. Which means that the latest updated sitemap is now stored in Google’s memory.
Note: Even though the sitemap in Google Search Console’s memory should contain the URL to your latest post now, still it is recommended that you wait 10 minutes before proceeding to the next step. This is because the GSC (Google Search Console) sometimes is under development, which causes a delay in its processing.
Now, we will use the URL inspection tool again, to see what result it gives.
As you can see, the the “Indexed, Not Submitted In Sitemap” issue in Google Search Console (GSC) has been fixed successfully.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Will My Site Rank At The Top After Solving The Issue?
Nope. Ranking and indexing are two different things. Indexing only submits your content to Google. Google decides through its secret algorithm to decide which rank your post belongs to in the SERP (Search Engine Results Page).
Why Does It Show “Sitemaps: N\A”?
It means that the post’s/page’s URL wasn’t found in your sitemap by Google. It has been solved in this article.
What Does “Referring Page: None Detected” Mean?
It means that no page is being redirected to the current page through a permanent (301) or temporary (302) redirection.