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SEO Indexing

SEO Indexing

Hey everybody,


I am running into a few indexing issues with my Magento SEO.

They might all be related and I'm hoping somebody has some idea what's going on.


1. My category pages aren't showing up in Google's index.

I've optimized category meta tags, and they're reflected on the page, but they're not indexed.

Product pages do appear to be indexed as normal.


2. My category search pages are showing up in the index.
I think I need to noindex them, but I can't seem to get that to work.

I have noindex code in the robots.txt file & in the local.xml file, but it's not working.


3. My listing URLs are showing up in search results. I've got URLs with ?s and lists indexed in Google. I think I need to block them.


Any ideas?


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Re: SEO Indexing

Looks like you haven't submitted category urls to Google. Did you set up a Google search console account and submitted category sitemap? 

Re: SEO Indexing

Hello @josh_whelan,


Google Sitemap is an .xml file which serves as a guideline for Google bots (and other search engines’ crawlers as well) on all of the pages on your website so it would be easier than findind and indexing the pages on their own.


Please follow below steps to generate sitemap

  1. In your backend, go to System > Configuration. On the left menu, under Catalog section, click Google Sitemap.
  2. Under Generation Settings, set Enabled to Yes. Then click Save Config.
  3. Click the Add Sitemap button.
    Filename: Enter sitemap.xml
    To put the sitemap in a folder, enter the path to the folder: /sitemaps
    To put the sitemap at the base path of your store, enter a forward slash: /
    Storeview: The view where the sitemap will be used
  4. Click the Save & Generate button to create the sitemap.

After being generated, the sitemap appears in the list, with a link to sitemap.xml file. From here, you can do the following:

  • To view the sitemap, click the hyperlink in the Link for Google column. This is the link that you will later submit to Google.
  • To update the sitemap, click the Generate link.

Please follow below steps to submit sitemap on google

  1. Log in to your Google Search Console account (or create a new one if you don’t have an account yet).
  2. Click the Add A Property button. Enter your website homepage into the popup and then click Add. For example:
  3. You will then be asked to verify that you are the owner of this site. You can use your Google Analytics account or one of the alternate methods that Google offer.
  4. After verification succeeds, you can access your site property from Search Console Dashboard. Go to Crawl > Sitemaps. Click the Add/Test Sitemap button.
  5. Return to your store Admin, and copy the path to your Google sitemap. If necessary, log back in and do the following:
    a. Go to Catalog > Google Sitemap.
    b. In the Link for Google column, right-click the link to your sitemap. Then on the context menu, click Copy Shortcut.
    c. Open a text editor and paste the link. Then, copy the part of the link that comes after the “dot com.” It looks like this:
  6. Return to Google Search Console and paste the text into the box to complete the address of your sitemap. Then, click the Submit button.
  7. Google Search Console will then show the number of Submitted URLs in your sitemap, along with 0 Indexed URLs. Don’t worry, this is totally common. It takes Google a few days to index your submitted URLs, and the number of Indexed URLs will show up after some time.

It’s done! You have successfully created a sitemap for your Magento website.

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Re: SEO Indexing

Resubmit your XML sitemap.


As well, You are trying to search with "site:" but sometimes Google doesn't show metadata for such type search.


So, you should try to search a particular category webpage on Google or try to search with relevant keyphrases.


I'm sure, it will help you to see... what you want.