Google Search Console Adds New App Indexing Error Type

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Last year, Google app indexing came into its own with the company officially making it a ranking signal and implementing it in iOS.

Now, Google has announced a refresh of Android app-indexing crawl errors data in Search Console, simplifying the error types it shows.

There are now three error types that appear in the App Crawl Status report: Package not found, URI unsupported, and Removed from index. The first two are unchanged, but the third is new.

Regarding the Removed From Index error type, Google says, "These are app pages that don’t meet our technical guidelines — for example, users get redirected to the home page or the app crashes when the user attempts to open the deep link."

"To fix this, check the example URIs both in Fetch as Google and on an actual device, and make sure your app doesn't crash on opening, the deep pages don't redirect to the homepage, and the content is equivalent," it says. "Once you fix the issues and we recrawl your app pages, these deep links from Google search to your app will be reexamined."

Google has reset the data in the report so you can see updated stats for the three error types since December 11.

The Google Webmaster Central Help Forum section for app indexing is available here, should you need further assistance.

Last month, Google made some changes to its App Indexing docs, which you might want to take a look at.

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