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Hi guys,

Reaching out as I'm having a really difficult time with Google Console and getting my website indexed. I've followed all checklists and best practices to the best of my ability, however I'm still being served with:

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Going into URL inspection shows this:

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So I request indexing again, and end up with the same "reasons for not indexing" as shown above.

I really don't understand what I'm doing that's causing this. There's plenty of content, the live test says everything is fine, and I've requested indexing 3 times now to the same loop of results.

 

Really appreciate any help,

 

Cheers!

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Hi @zakb see if this issue is applicable to the soft 404, note we've seen it happen with video blocks not just background videos:

 

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Hey @zakb, I've just completed a site-wide audit of your website, and here's what I think might be holding you back.

  • Thin content: if you have <300 words on a webpage, this is classed as "thin content" - making it hard for Google to know what to rank you for. Add more content to help here, potentially an FAQ accordion answering top questions from clients towards the bottom of your page if you don't want to add too much text that's "visible". 4/6 of your web pages are classed as "thin" by SEOSpace.
  • Following best practices: Some of your SEO titles and descriptions aren't the right length - SEO titles should be 50-60 characters, and SEO descriptions 150-160.
  • Broken links: SEOSpace is picking up you have some broken links, for example https://www.wildfirebartenders.com/hire seems to go to a custom 404 page, rather than an actual hire us page?

If I were you, thin content is where I'd start 👌

Hope that helps!

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Henry Purchase

Founder of SEOSpace - the SEO plugin for Squarespace.

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Hi there. The above info might mislead or confuse beginners:

  • Titles: A page title can be shorter or longer than 50-60 characters as needed. If longer, it is more likely to show an ellipsis...but this is not necessarily a negative. If you want the entire title to show in SERPs, Moz has a helpful testing tool: https://moz.com/learn/seo/title-tag. Google info: https://developers.google.com/search/docs/appearance/title-link
  • Descriptions: Similarly, the length of meta descriptions is not limited to 150-160 characters. Shorter or sometimes longer meta descriptions can be appropriate. And it is important to understand that including the “main keyword you want to rank for” in a description has no impact on Google ranking. Google info: https://developers.google.com/search/docs/appearance/snippet
  • Thin content: This term refers to low-quality low-value pages. Pages can have far fewer than 300 words. 

 

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