Why Is Indexing Important for Google SearchBelieve it or not, you’re invisible if Google doesn’t index your website. Yes, if your content is not displayed for any inquiry, you won’t be able to fetch any traffic too. It’s critical to stand out in the crowd from millions of pages as web products, and usage is constantly increasing today. So, it becomes important to diagnose whether your webpage or videos are indexed. There is a possibility that Google crawled but did not index your content, and Google has launched a search console to assist you in this. You can use this report to assess the performance of your content and identify areas that can be improved in indexing. This feature has been upgraded and helps you diagnose indexing issues in embedded videos.
What are embedded videos:Embedded videos are the videos on your website or blog which add value to your content and make it more engaging. Furthermore, it enhances the SEO score. You don’t have to worry that the reader will leave your website or blog to watch the video. For instance, if a YouTube video is embedded on your website, when a viewer clicks the video, the viewer remains on your website rather than redirecting to the YouTube page.
How To Diagnose Indexing of Embedded Videos?Google provides a free Search Console report that helps you understand the performance of your embedded videos .It also helps identify possible areas of improvement. So how do you diagnose? To diagnose whether an embedded video on your page is indexed or not.
- Start by visiting the Google search console page.
- You can now type the URL of the required video
- and click the “Continue” button.
- Using this report, you can know
- How many pages does Google recognize a video?
- How many videos are on each indexed page?
- Which videos have been successfully indexed?
- What problems are there that prevent videos from being indexed?
- The tool provides information about the original version of the page, including multiple versions.
What could be the reasons?
If your video is not indexed, it could be for one of the following reasons.
- When a video fails to adhere to all of the video indexing guidelines like specified size, format, valid thumbnails, etc., it may not get indexed.
- Video size; could be too long or too short to be indexed.
- Google indexes only one video per page and prefers to index the most prominent video on the page.
- If Google cannot determine the video’s size and location.
- There might be MRSS (web feed) failure during the processing.
- It might be a result of an unsupported or unknown video format.
- It could be because of an unsupported thumbnail, an invalid thumbnail, or a lack of thumbnails. It is also possible that robots.txt has blocked Thumbnail.
- A video might not have been indexed if any structured data elements are invalid or have missing values.
- Or it might be possible that the video has been removed from the hosting provider.
Now that you have the diagnosis report and know the problem, it should be simple to correct.
However, you should keep a few points in mind before proceeding.
- Google can diagnose a video only if the webpage on which the video is embedded is already indexed. It will be unable to locate the problem if the page is not indexed.
- The content to be diagnosed must be your property because you cannot test URLs outside the current property.
- Moreover, each video has different URLs and different thumbnails.
- You must ensure that your Video object URL matches the URL used in HTML tags, RSS files, and site maps.
- You need to perform live URL testing if there are any other indexing errors.
- Most importantly, there is a daily limit for diagnoses.
There are always various aspects that determine the quality of a website. If you want to rank higher in Google’s search engine, you must first understand the true situation of your content and website.
About The Author…
Shamina Banu is originally from the beautiful city of Vizag. She has a Master’s degree in Agricultural processing and food engineering and brief teaching experience. Her love of writing drove her to pursue a career as a content writer. She is a critical thinker who creates well-researched, accurate, and ingenious content for audience engagement. She considers content creation and clear communication an art form and constantly strives to improve her skill.