Written by Tiago Silva. Updated on 22, August 2022
'Discovered - currently not indexed' is a status on the Google Search Console coverage report. This status is used when Google knows a page exists but hasn't crawled or indexed it yet. Google can discover pages via XML sitemaps, internal and external links.
In this guide, you'll see the reasons for this status. In most cases, pages ‘Discovered - currently not indexed’ eventually get crawled without manually requesting.
Use the URL inspection tool and index coverage report to find these pages from your website.
See ‘Crawled - currently not indexed’ if Google has already crawled the page on your site but hasn’t indexed it.
This article makes up part of our Google Search Console tutorials and training section, make sure to check the others out.
The frequency that Google crawls a website varies, explaining why it might take more time to crawl your pages.
Some factors that influence how frequently Google crawls a website are:
Over time, Google will adjust how frequently they crawl pages on your site depending on these signals.
It's impractical or even impossible to index every page on the web, so you can't necessarily expect Google to index all the pages of any website, including yours.
Over the years, Google has developed content guidelines to deal with the ever-growing number of pages. They work as a way for Google to determine what they should index.
Here is a list of common situations causing Google to not index pages:
"There's no objective way to crawl the web properly. It's theoretically impossible to crawl it all, since the number of actual URLs is effectively infinite."
As has been seen above, there are many reasons why Google might not be crawling pages on your site. But now it's time to focus on what you can do to fix this dreaded ‘Discovered - currently not indexed’ status.
If you published a page some time ago and Google hasn’t crawled it, it's time to manually ask them to crawl the page.
To request Google to index a page, follow these steps:
An important reminder is that you should only do the process 1 time. Repeatedly pressing "Request Indexing" won't make Google crawl the page faster.
Doing the steps mentioned below in this guide is important as Google should be finding and crawling pages on your site without you having to ask manually every time. If they don't, there's likely something wrong with your site, or it needs improvement.
Check if your website servers are handling Google crawlers without getting overloaded.
Check the crawl stats on Google Search Console or the crawl logs on your hosting server.
To access server health, look at the average response time and 5xx error codes (overloaded server). You don't have to do anything if the server is not experiencing these errors. But if you find those 5xx errors, consider upgrading your web hosting infrastructure or improving the website performance.
Google can discover and index pages that aren't in XML sitemap files, but it is recommended to include them anyway. This way, you signal it's a relevant page that you want to index and make it easier for crawlers to find it.
For other website builders and CMSs, check if there is an existing XML sitemap or if you need to create one. Typically, you can find a sitemap if you add "sitemap.xml" after the root domain. For example, Domain.com/sitemap.xml.
Sometimes even if you already have an XML sitemap, it may help with the crawling and indexing of new pages to create a temporary XML sitemap containing just the URL you wish to get into the search results. This is one of the tips in our guide about getting content index quickly by Google. Check it to improve your website indexing speed.
The lack of crawl budget is another factor that affects pages getting crawled. Usually, only big websites with tens of thousands of pages have to worry about crawl budget.
However, if your site is in that category or you are facing issues getting content indexed, these are the steps to optimize crawl budget:
Even if your website doesn't suffer from crawl budget issues, it's worth improving the website speed as it is a Google ranking factor.