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Getting product pages indexed

Discussion in 'SEO Search Engine Optimisation' started by Trigger Happy, Sep 7, 2017.

  1. Trigger Happy United Kingdom

    Trigger Happy Active Member

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    I'm running a Shopify store and although my main pages have been indexed by google, it seems to be ignoring my product pages and not indexing these at all.

    Is this likely to be a problem with duplicate content or maybe just because it is a relatively new site?

    If there are any SEO experts that the forum would recommend I would be happy to pay for a couple of hours consultation.
     
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    Could just be taking time to index the pages, have you submitted sitemap to google webmaster tools to speed things up?

    Check that the product pages don't have some kind of noindex applied to them or are being blocked in the robots.txt file.

    If the product pages have copy and pasted duplicate content on them then that could be a reason and even if they were to index would not be ideal. You are asking for trouble with that.

    Have you tried a "site:" search in google to double check that the product pages are definitely not indexing? If a few are starting to index then it should just be a case of waiting.
     
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    martin-s Well-Known Member

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    If you're sure they aren't indexed (have checked Search Console, Google'd the full url, etc.) then likely causes are:

    * Robots.txt isn't correctly configured
    * The pages are set as noindex via meta tag or menu links
    * Url discoverability isn't as good as it might be? (There should be at least one basic text link to each page)
    * You haven't set up a good sitemap.xml file to reference them

    Or you're impatient :) If it's a really new site, it will take time. If you're in a hurry, you can submit a url for indexing in Search Console (used to be called Webmaster Tools) or by Googling "submit url" and using the box that appears.
     
  6. Adam H

    Adam H Well-Known Member Exclusive Member

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    This ^^ , ensure you've written unique and worthy product descriptions, product titles, and headings making sure your h1 isn't identical to the page title. Goto search console :

    1. Do a robots.txt test to make sure the pages are not accidentally blocked.
    2. Do a "fetch as Google bot". Once its been fetched you can confirm the fetched page and "submit to index".

    In most cases providing its not thin or duplicate content the page will be indexed within about 10 mins. If it doesn't stay indexed over the next days/weeks its likely you're either copying manufacturers product descriptions or the page doesn't contain enough content to be considered worthy for a new site while there is no authority helping you out.

    Just remember that not ranking for a particular phrases, doesn't mean it's not indexed. Google the actual URL, if it comes up............its indexed.