From the tip of July by simply a few days in the past, Google has had this bizarre error for some websites in Google Search Console. Briefly, Google Search Console was reporting the unsuitable canonical URL for some pages. Yesterday, September 4th, it appeared like Google fastened the difficulty.
The problem was first reported by Rafael Martin again on August 4th, finally he wrote it up intimately on LinkedIn. I extremely suggest you learn his detailed write up.
However in brief, Google Search Console was reporting the unsuitable canonical URL for some pages. The canonical URL is the URL Google says is the principle URL for a particular web page. So when you have a web page like this and also you add parameters to it, or you’ve got a cell model or an AMP model, all with totally different URLs, you possibly can specify which web page you need Google to contemplate the principle URL, not the alternate URL – that known as the canonical URL.
This will likely have impacted e-commerce-related websites however not all, just a few – it’s not clear which websites have been impacted by this.
Rafael Martin mentioned on August 4th on Mastodon, ” Within the GSC, the pages with essentially the most hyperlinks have radically modified. In my case, I’ve analyzed the primary one with essentially the most hyperlinks (which, in precept, in keeping with the construction of the positioning, mustn’t have so many hyperlinks). I examine the pages that hyperlink to it, and most of them haven’t got a hyperlink to it (as instance one that could be a pdf with none hyperlinks to there). I do not get it, evidently google has combined up some knowledge and is lacking out on search outcomes.”
He shared these two screenshots documenting the difficulty:
He was proper, John Mueller of Google truly confirmed the difficulty yesterday on X after I prodded a bit and he mentioned, “I feel there have been some bizarre issues for a small variety of websites round canonicalization, however not sufficient to advantage making a publish. It appears like issues are settling down now.”
Rafael was not simply the one individual to note. There was a grievance, not less than one, within the Google Webmaster Assist Boards and Shaun Anderson additionally seen this:
Thanks for retweet. You’ve extra detailed content material, with photos and graphs of the issue right here for analize together with your websites: https://t.co/BkY18O0AKV
— Rafa Martin 👽🖖 (@rafainatica) September 1, 2023
Yesterday, September 4th, Rafael wrote on Mastodon that it was fastened, he mentioned, “Excellent news!!! I haven’t got any G warnings, however by testing evidently nearly every thing that affected this downside returns to regular. The movies seem in searches appropriately once more. The photographs too. We’ll look forward to the recalculation of Extra Linked Pages.”
Google didn’t doc the repair on the knowledge anomalies Search Console web page, so I requested John if this was on Google’s ship. Wherein he replied, “I feel there have been some bizarre issues for a small variety of websites round canonicalization, however not sufficient to advantage making a publish. It appears like issues are settling down now.”
Shawn added, “Had me REALLY involved final week. SC Audit knowledge completely incorrect. I’ve now received audits and recommendation to fully redo.” Rafael additionally famous, ” I additionally perceive the priority of affected SEOs and the reasons they’ve to provide to their shoppers who anticipate outcomes and that, as an web optimization skilled, not even they know what is going on. Greater than something I feel they’re referring to this. These of us who’ve been affected had an enormous headache.”
So for those who report on a majority of these parts to your shoppers, chances are you’ll wish to redo or annotate the difficulty that began in the direction of the tip of July and was fastened round September 4th.
Thanks for the clarification John. At this finish I simply didn’t wish to be reporting incorrect knowledge to my prospects and likewise simply attempting to make a noise in case it was missed.
Phew! I received work to evaluate.
— Shaun Anderson (@Hobo_Web) September 4, 2023