URL Inspection Tool for Beginners

URL Inspection Tool for Beginners

Google URL Inspection Tool Beginners Guide

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.

Common tasks:

  • Inspect an indexed URL: Retrieve information about Google’s indexed version of your page. See why Google could or couldn’t index your page.
  • Inspect a live URL: Test whether a page on your site is able to be indexed.
  • Request indexing for a URL: You can request that an inspected URL be crawled by Google.
  • View a rendered version of the page: See a screenshot of how Googlebot sees the page.
  • View loaded resources list, JavaScript output, and other information: See a list of resources, page code, and more information by clicking the more information link on the page verdict card.
Google Search Console URL Index Coverage
Both internal and external features can affect your website URL Index Coverage. Whereby, if a URL is temporarily blocked using the Remove URLs tool, the URL Inspection tool will report the URL as “URL is on Google.” Especially with the URL Index coverage status showing “Crawled”.

Use URL Inspecting Tool through Google Search Console

See detailed Google Index information about a URL in your property. In order to see the Google Index information for a URL in your property. But, to do or achieve that, below is a more simplified guide.

1. Click URL inspection in the navigation panel of Search Console:

jmexclusives URL Inspection Tool for Search Console
You can test a live URL in your property to see whether it is capable of being indexed by Google. This will run a test against the live page for information similar to the indexed URL.

2. Enter the complete URL to inspect a few notes. Such as;

Important to realize, there is a daily limit of inspection requests for each property that you own. Read how to understand the results. As a result of the URL Inspection Tool, Google cautions that;

The URL must be in the current property

URLs outside the current property cannot be tested. If you own that other property, you must switch properties to test the URL.

AMP vs non-AMP URLs

You can inspect both AMP and non-AMP URLs. The tool provides information about the corresponding AMP or non-AMP version of the page.

Alternate page versions

If the page has alternate/duplicate versions, the report also provides information about the canonical version, if the canonical version is in a property that you own.

Your Presence on Google through URL Inspection Tool

In the first place, 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“. However, this does not mean that your URL is appearing in Search results.

For your information, to see if your URL is still blocked, visit the Remove URLs tool or search for your URL on Google. Moreover, below is a description of whether or not the URL can appear in Google Search results. The following values are only possible if;

1. URL Inspection Tool gets you 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.

2. Google has issues from your URL Inspection Tool or URLs

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.

3. URL is not on Google or there are 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.

4. URL Inspection Tool results are 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 are included 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.
    • URL Inspection Tool found there is a noindex or robots.txt blockage that you didn’t expect.
    • Index coverage reasons are unanimously not related to your website URLs or even the URL Inspection Tool. With this in mind, read the list of values and possible fix instructions.

5. URL is unknown to Google

Further, if the index coverage status “URL is unknown to Google” appears. Whereas, it means that Google hasn’t indexed the URLs. Either because it hasn’t seen the URL before. Evenly too, or because it has found it as a properly marked alternate page, but it can’t be crawled.

In reality, To fix this, you can run a live inspection. Fixing any issues you might see, and thereafter, submit the page for indexing once more.

For your Hint,

If this is a properly marked but uncrawlable alternate page, then if you inspect the canonical page you will see this page listed, with a crawl error.

6. Your URL Inspection Tool found 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.

Google URL Index Coverage
The Google URL index coverage platform allows you to see the real time performance of your general website.

URL Index Coverage potential through Google    


The Google Top Card gives a general evaluation of whether or not the live URL has the ability to be indexed. A positive result is not a guarantee that it will appear in Search results.
For your information, Google Custom Search Results require that the page and its structured data conform to quality and security guidelines. However, the URL Inspection tool doesn’t take into account manual actions, content removals, or temporarily blocked URLs.
Moreover, the following values are possible:

URL is available to Google   


What it means;

The URL isn’t blocked and doesn’t have any detectable errors to prevent full indexing. If Google indexes the URL it can appear in Google Search results.
Provided that it conforms to quality and security guidelines, and is not subject to manual actions, content removals, or temporarily blocked URLs.

What to do next;

If the page is different from the indexed version, you can request indexing by selecting the button on the page. Alternatively, you could submit a sitemap, or wait for it to be crawled naturally.

URL is available to Google but has issues    


What it means;

The URL can be indexed by Google, but there are some problems that might prevent it from appearing with the enhancements that you tried to implement.

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 available to Google    


What it means;

This URL can’t appear in Google Search results due to a critical issue.

What to do next;

Read the details in the Availability section to learn more about the reason.


For your Takeaway,   


If you own, manage, monetize, or promote online content via Google Search, this guide is meant for you. You might be the owner of a growing and thriving business, there is a collection of help that comes from;

  1. the webmaster of a dozen sites,
  2. the SEO specialist in a Web agency
  3. or a DIY SEO ninja

Not to mention, so adept and passionate about the mechanics of Search. For instance, this guide is meant for you. Whereas if you’re interested in having a complete overview of the basics of SEO according to our SEO best practices, you are indeed in the right place.

The jmexclusives SEO Best Practices Guide won’t provide any secrets that’ll automatically rank your site first in Google (sorry!). But, equally important, following the best practices outlined above will hopefully make it easier.

In that case, for your URL index coverage fixures, search engines to crawl, index and understand your content too. In addition to utilizing various WordPress SEO Plugins and also by researching on content optimization strategic guides.

Resourceful References;

  1. The jmexclusives: Cloud Computing and Technology
  2. Back Linko: Content Optimization Strategies
  3. Google Search Console Help: URL index coverage issues Fix
  4. User-based Guide: SEO Best Routine Practices
  5. Wealthy Affiliate: How and Why to Switch from “Fetch as Google” to the new URL Inspection Tool
  6. SEO Training: Google-friendly sites Beginners Guide

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