How to Fix ‘Submitted URL Marked Noindex’

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:

  1. Locate the page ID
  2. Paste the page ID into the ‘Excluded items’ field in your sitemap plugin (the field title may vary between XML sitemap plugins)
  3. Save your changes
  4. Re-submit your sitemap in Google Search Console
  5. 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 🙂

Cheers,

Martin Malden

Martin Malden
Owner – WealthyDragon

Website owner: Martin has been working online since 2006 and focuses on two areas: 1) affiliate marketing and 2) designing and building websites based on WordPress. He has his own WordPress agency, and serves clients in Hong Kong, Australia and the UK.

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  • Matt Lin Aug 10, 2020 @ 15:18

    Hi Martin,

    Thanks for the video, it’s very comprehensive since you showed us step by step. To be honest, I never met this kind of issue for my website since I haven’t thought about a “noindex” page.

    For the purpose of tagging pages as noindex, can you share more ideas about it? What will be the reasons that online marketers use this marketing method?

    Thanks,
    Matt

  • Martin Malden Aug 13, 2020 @ 13:40

    Hi Matt,

    As an example, you would ‘noindex’ a page that gave a link to down load a free eBook or whatever enticement you used to get an email opt in.

    You would not want that page to be accessible directly from a search engine – it should only be accessible as a re-direct after someone has opted in to your email list.

    So you would ‘noindex’ it (and remove it from your sitemap) so that the page can only be accessed after someone has opted in.

    Cheers,

    Martin

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