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Saturday, October 16, 2021

7 SEO Crawling Tool Warnings & Errors You Can Safely Ignore - Search Engine Journal

Last updated Monday, October 11, 2021 09:45 ET , Source: NewsService

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In many cases, what an SEO crawler marks as a fatal error needs immediate attention – but sometimes, it’s not an error at all.

This can happen even with the most popular SEO crawling tools such as Semrush Site Audit, Ahrefs Site Audit, Sitebulb, and Screaming Frog.

How can you tell the difference to avoid prioritizing a fix that doesn’t need to be done?

Here are a few real-life examples of such warnings and errors together, with explanations as to why they may be an issue for your website.

1. Indexability Issues (Noindex Pages on the Site)

Any SEO crawler will highlight and warn you about non-indexable pages on the site. Depending on the crawler type, noindex pages can be marked as warnings, errors, or insights.

Here’s how this issue is marked in Ahrefs Site Audit:

The Google Search Console Coverage report may also mark non-indexable pages as Errors (if the site has non-indexable pages in the sitemap submitted) or Excluded even though they are not actual issues.

This is, again, only the information that these URLs cannot be indexed.

Here is what it looks like in GSC:

The fact that a URL has a “noindex” tag on it does not necessarily mean that this is an error. It only means that the page cannot be indexed by Google and other search engines.

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