URL Inspection Tool

About the URL Inspection tool

The URL Inspection tool provides information about Google's indexed version of a specific page. Information includes AMP errors, structured data errors, and indexing issues.

Using the URL Inspection tool

To inspect a URL in your property: Enter the complete URL in the search bar at the top of any page in Search Console. A few notes:

  • The URL must be in the current property. You must switch properties to inspect a URL in another property.
  • AMP vs non-AMP URLs: You can inspect both AMP and non-AMP URLs. In both cases the tool provides information about the corresponding AMP and non-AMP version of the page.
  • Alternate page versions: If the page has alternate versions, for example if it uses hreflang to point to alternate language versions, or if you (or Google) decide that there are alternate/duplicate versions of the page, the tool also provides information about the canonical version.

Understanding the results

Important notes
  • This is not a live test. This tool describes the most recently indexed version of a page, not the live version on the web. The information shown in the tool is used by Google to evaluate Search results. Your page may have changed or become unavailable since Google last saw it. To test the current version of the page as Google would see it, use the Fetch as Google tool. You can also use Fetch as Google to request a recrawl of the URL.
  • The "Last crawl" date under Index coverage, shows the date when the information shown here was retrieved (if the page was successfully crawled).
  • "URL is on Google" doesn't actually mean that your page is appearing in Search results. Actual appearance in Search results requires that the page and its structured data conform to quality and security guidelines. The URL Inspection tool doesn't take into account manual actions, content removals, or temporarily blocked URLs. To see if your URL is appearing, search for your URL on Google; if your URL is missing but this tool says it was indexed, here's how to find out why.

 

The inspection results include the following fields:


Presence on Google

This card describes whether or not the URL can appear in Google Search results. The following values are possible:

URL is on Google

  • What it means: The URL has been indexed, can appear in Google Search results, and no problems were found with any enhancements found in the page (structured data, linked AMP pages, and so on).
  • What to do next: Typically nothing, although you can explore what Google knows about your page by navigating into the details of the index coverage or enhancement sections.
If an URL is temporarily blocked using the Remove URLs tool, the URL Inspection tool will report the URL as "URL is on Google," with Index coverage status "Crawled". This does not mean that your URL is appearing in Search results. To see if your URL is still blocked, visit the Remove URLs tool or search for your URL on Google.

URL is on Google, but has issues

  • What it means: The URL has been indexed and can appear in Google Search results, but there are some problems that might prevent it from appearing with the enhancements that you applied to the page. This might mean a problem with an associated AMP page, or malformed structured data for a rich result (such as a recipe or job posting) on the page.

  • What to do next: Read the warnings or errors information in the report and try to fix the problems described.

URL is not on Google: Indexing errors

  • What it means: There was at least one critical error that prevented the URL from being indexed, and it cannot appear in Google Search until those issues are fixed.
  • What to do next: Expand the Index coverage section to see details about the indexing attempt. See the list of index coverage errors and possible fix steps.

URL is not on Google

  • What it means: This URL won't appear in Google Search results, but we think that was your intention. Most common reasons include a password-protected page, a noindex directive, or that this is an alternate version of a canonical page (alternate version pages are not indexed).
  • What to do next: Read the details in the Index coverage section to learn more about the reason. A few possible reasons:
    • If the "User-declared canonical" and "Google-selected canonical" values are different, this means that this URL is one of a set of similar pages, and Google has chosen to index another version of the same page. There's probably no need to do anything here, though you might consider removing your explicit canonical tag, or considering why you need another page as canonical.
    • If there is a noindex or robots.txt blockage that you didn't expect (see the Index coverage details section below), you must remove that blockage to allow Google to access your site.
    • For other index coverage reasons, read the list of values and possible fix instructions.
    • Unknown URLs: In the special case "URL is unknown to Google," you can ask Google to crawl it.

URL is an alt version

  • What it means: This URL is one of a set of alternate versions of the same page. Pages in this group include AMP/canonical pairs or desktop version/mobile version page pairs. You can see the indexed URL in the Google-selected canonical value under Index coverage.
  • What to do: Generally there is nothing to do, though you might check the Google-selected canonical to make sure it is an expected page.

Index coverage

This section describes the index status of the URL and the details of the indexing process for this URL. The following information can be provided, depending on the index coverage status:

Index coverage status
A more detailed description of the Presence on Google label, explaining why the URL is or isn't on Google. This is a success, warning, failure, or excluded value. See the list of values and possible fix instructions. See URL is unknown to Google.
Sitemaps
Sitemaps in the current property that point to this URL. This list is not exhaustive; there might be additional sitemaps containing this URL that can't be shown for some reason. If this property is reported as "not available", the list of sitemaps is currently unavailable. For larger or new sites, it is a good practice to provide a sitemap to tell Google which pages to crawl.
Referring page
A page that Google possibly used to discover this URL. The referring page might directly link to this URL, or it might be a grandparent or great-grandparent of a page that links to this URL. If this value is absent it doesn't mean that no referring page exists, just that this information might not be available to the URL Inspection tool at this time. If you see "URL might be known from other sources that are currently not reported", it means that Google found this URL through some means other than a sitemap or referring page, but the referring information currently isn't available to this tool.
Last crawl
The last time this page was crawled by Google, in your local time. All information shown in this tool is derived from this last crawled version.
Crawl allowed?
Indicates whether your page allowed Google to crawl (visit) the page or blocked it with a robot.txt rule. If you did not intend to block Google, you should remove the robots.txt block. Note that this is not the same as allowing indexing, which is given by the Indexing allowed? value.
Page fetch
Whether or not Google could actually get the page from your server. If crawling is not allowed, this field will always show a failure. If crawling is allowed, page fetch might still fail for various reasons. See explanations of fetch failures. Crawl allowed is an indication of whether you want the page to be reachable; page fetch is whether Google could actually reach it, if allowed.
Indexing allowed?
Whether or not your page explicitly disallowed indexing. If indexing is disallowed, the reason is explained, and the page won't appear in Google Search results. IMPORTANT If your page is blocked by robots.txt (see "Crawl allowed"), then "Indexing allowed" will always be "Yes" because Google can't see and respect the noindex directive. In that case, your page might appear in Search results.
User-declared canonical
Your declared canonical URL, if the page explicitly declares one. You can declare a canonical URL in several ways: a <link rel="canonical"> tag, an HTTP header, a sitemap, or a few other methods. If your page is one of a set of similar or duplicate pages, we recommend explicitly declaring the canonical URL. For AMP pages, this should be the non-AMP version (unless it is a self-canonical AMP).
Google-selected canonical

The page that Google selected as the canonical (authoritative) URL, when it found similar or duplicate pages on your site. If you declared a canonical URL, Google might select the same URL, but sometimes Google might choose another URL that it considers a better canonical example. You can't guarantee the Google-selected canonical for a URL, but you can suggest one. If the page has no alternate versions, the Google-selected canonical is the inspected URL. If you find an unexpected page here, consider explicitly declaring a canonical version.

The canonical URL is not always the one shown in search results: for example, if a page has a desktop canonical and a mobile version, mobile searches will probably show the mobile page URL.

Note that this value can be a few hours behind the value in our index.


Enhancements

This section describes any Search enhancements detected by Google on your URL the last time it was indexed. If the URL could not be indexed, or no enhancements were detected, this section will be empty.

This tool does not yet show all possible enhancements. Here are the enhancements supported by this tool:

AMP

If the page has a linked AMP version, you can see information about it by selecting the row in the report. Use this information to help find and troubleshoot AMP-specific indexing and other issues.

Details shown here apply to the AMP version referenced by the current page; they do not apply to the current page.

In addition to standard AMP errors, you might see these Google-specific AMP errors.

Various rich result types:

You can see information about any rich result types (structured data) found on the page. Information includes the number of valid items found on the URL, descriptions of each item, and details about any warnings or errors found. See the list of supported rich results.

My rich result isn't here! Not all rich result types are supported by the tool yet. Unsupported types might be present and valid on the page, and can appear in Search results, but won't appear in the tool. To see index information about additional rich result types, use the Rich Cards report (more comprehensive) or the Structured Data report (most comprehensive).

Canonical URL

If the page is described as an alternate version (one of a set of similar pages, from which Google has selected a different page as being the canonical, or authoritative, page), you can inspect the Google-selected canonical URL by selecting Inspect canonical URL. If the canonical URL is not in a property that you can view, this information will not be shown.

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