Indexed, not submitted in sitemap: what does it mean and how to fix?
The “Indexed, not submitted in sitemap” is a google search console status that indicates that Google’s indexed your URLs but they were not included in your XML sitemap.
Google normally uses XML Sitemap to find and index URLs, this is not a problem as your URLs are being indexed. On the other hand, this can be a useful pointer that you don’t have an XML sitemap or that your URL is not being included on the Sitemap.
If your site doesn’t have a sitemap, you will have to submit it to Google Search Console.
Here’s what this error looks like in Google Search Console’s Index Coverage report:
- If you don’t have an XML sitemap yet, create one now.
- If you do have an XML sitemap, but you haven’t submitted it yet in Google Search Console, click here to submit.
- If you’ve submitted your XML sitemap in Google Search Console, investigate what URLs Google’s reporting to be missing and verify whether these need to be indexed. If they need to be indexed, add them to your XML sitemap. If they don’t, make sure to implement a robots noindex. If you really want to keep Google away from these URLs, then update your robots.txt.