I am running into a few indexing issues with my Magento 18.104.22.168. 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.
Looks like you haven't submitted category urls to Google. Did you set up a Google search console account and submitted category sitemap?
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
After being generated, the sitemap appears in the list, with a link to sitemap.xml file. From here, you can do the following:
Please follow below steps to submit sitemap on google
It’s done! You have successfully created a sitemap for your Magento website.
If you've found one of my answers useful, please give "Kudos" or "Accept as Solution"
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.