Why Are My Indexed Pages Dropping In Google Webmaster?

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Why Are My Indexed Pages Dropping In Google Webmaster
Why Are My Indexed Pages Dropping In Google Webmaster

If all of sudden, Google Webmaster start dropping indexed pages of your site, then you are at right place. Read below to know how to fix this problem.

LoveUMarketing Sitemap
LoveUMarketing Sitemap

To resolve this problem, we had examine all the possible reasons for the decrease in Indexed Pages like

  • Ensured proper redirect and use of canonical url
  • Ensured there is no penalty or manual action in the Google Webmaster
  • Ensured there is no error in the submitted sitemap and
  • Ensured https links are appearing in the sitemap

But still sitemap’s indexed pages was dropping. This was happeing in both our WordPress site where we recently installed free SSL Certificate.

Of course, we had added both version of websites to Google Webmaster. We had also checked whether ‘http index was decreasing and https was increasing? But this was not the case. There was no such movement.

So what was the reasons for such dropping indexed pages?

Dropping Indexed Pages

The reason was url rewrite http to https after installing SSL Certificate. Yes you heard it correctly. It was https site which was creating this problem.

But if all url are getting redirected to https site then how this could be possible?

Sitemap of LoveUMarketing Website
Sitemap of LoveUMarketing Website

It was possible because sitemap url was accesible on both version. We had not forced WordPress site to use HTTPs on all admin area pages. So, our sitemap url was starting with http url.

So, after redirecting sitemap url to https, Google Webmaster start indexing pages our pages and this problem got resolved.

Yoast Sitemap URL in LoveUMarketing
Yoast Sitemap URL in LoveUMarketing

Check out below image. Google is not indexing our pages in sitemap.

LoveUMarketing Sitemap
LoveUMarketing Sitemap

Force HTTPS On All Pages

If you are using WordPress, then mere adding redirect code in htaccess file will not resolve your problem. Adding redirect code will only redirect your frontend url.

In WordPress beside adding redirect code to htaccess file, you need to modify the config.php file. Add below code to your config.php file

define('FORCE_SSL_ADMIN', true);

This will force all admin pages to use https url.

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