Every now and then I get an error message from Google Search Console that tells me a ‘submitted URL is marked noindex’.
This is an easy error to attract because it’s caused by marking a new page on your site as ‘noindex’, but then forgetting to exclude it from your XML sitemap.
Basically, the rule is this: if you do not want a page to be indexed by the search engines then you need to exclude it from your sitemap, as well as marking it ‘noindex’.
The process for removing a page from your sitemap if you’re using WordPress is straight-forward:
- Locate the page ID
- Paste the page ID into the ‘Excluded items’ field in your sitemap plugin (the field title may vary between XML sitemap plugins)
- Save your changes
- Re-submit your sitemap in Google Search Console
- Click the button (in Google Search Console) to validate your fix
You can also submit a request for the specific page to be removed from Google’s cache, although I generally do not bother with that unless it’s really important that the page is not found by accident in the search results.
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This video takes you through the process of excluding the errant page from your XML sitemap:
Leave a comment below if I need to clarify anything 🙂