Have you been searching Google today and felt like you didn’t see the latest news? You’re not on your own. Yesterday at some point, search indexing by Google eventually stops processing new pages from many of the biggest websites on the internet.
Sometime yesterday afternoon, search indexing servers from Google seem to have started having problems with many sites finding their newer content not included in the search results. The problem also appears to have an impact on sites using Google Custom Search, with no new websites appearing in the search results.
We discover significant outlets such as CNN, The Verge, and the entire 9to5 network displaying stale results in Google searches among the impacted sites. However, search indexing has not stopped completely, as some websites do not appear to be affected by the problem.
This is not the only moment in latest memory that Google’s indexing has had a significant problem. In May, the indexing of Google Search came to a full halt, with no websites appearing in searches for sites or news in “previous hour.” Google had fixed the problem in a couple of hours at that moment.
Google recognized today’s search indexing problem on Twitter this morning, noting that its URL inspection instrument has been impacted for a short time. Unfortunately, Google did not have any data to share on why some sites are not affected, or a search indexing timeline to resume. As they happen, we will keep an eye out for further updates.
A large part of this issue has been resolved - in particular, the URL Inspection tool should be working normally again. We're currently still working on resolving the remaining issues and will update here once we have more to share. Thanks for your patience!— Google Webmasters (@googlewmc) August 8, 2019
We're aware of reports of indexing issues that are impacting some sites beginning earlier today. We'll provide another update when we have more information to share.— Google Webmasters (@googlewmc) August 8, 2019