Check if a URL or image is available to Google

Can Google access my page

Part of troubleshooting your site is determining whether a page or URL is available to Google. Available means that Google's crawler (Googlebot) can reach your page. Various reasons why a page might not be available is that it might require a password, it might be blocked to Google via a robots.txt file on your site (which prevents crawling), or it might have a noindex tag or directive, which doesn't prevent access, but tells Google not to index the page.

You can use the following techniques to test the availability of a web page or an image to Google.

If the URL is within a Search Console property that you own

  1. Open the URL Inspection tool.
  2. Enter the URL of the page or image to test.
    • To see whether Google could access the page the last time it was crawled, expand the "Coverage" section and examine the results as described below.
    • To see whether Google can access the resource now, click Test live URL, expand the "Coverage" section, and examine the results as described below.
  3. Examine these values in the test results:
    • Crawl allowed? - Should be "Yes". If not, the page is not available to Google (probably because it is blocked by a robots.txt rule).
    • Page fetch: Should be "Successful". If not, the page is not available to Google, and the result will explain why.
    • Indexing allowed? - Should be "Yes". If not, you have a noindex tag or directive that will prevent that resource from appearing in Google results.

If the URL is not within a Search Console property that you own

For example, it is an image on your page that is hosted on another domain

  1. Open the Rich Results test
  2. Enter the URL of the page or image to test and click Test URL.
  3. In the results, expand the "Crawl" section.
  4. You should see the following results:
    • Crawl allowed? - Should be "Yes". If not, the page is not available to Google (probably because it is blocked by a robots.txt rule).
    • Page fetch: Should be "Successful". If not, the page is not available to Google, and the result will explain why.
    • Indexing allowed? - Should be "Yes". If not, you have a noindex tag or directive that will prevent that resource from appearing in Google results.
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