Google said “there’s an ongoing issue with our serving system in Google Search that’s affecting a small number of sites,” on Twitter this morning. Google said the company is working on resolving the issue and will report back when it is resolved.
The tweet. Here is the tweet so you can read it yourself:
What is the issue. At around 4:30am there were reports, which I covered on the Search Engine Roundtable, that Google was having issues indexing or crawling or serving new content from both major and smaller publishers. I showed screenshots of Google not showing new content from publishers like the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and niche publishers like TechCrunch and The Verge.
Here are some of those screenshots:
But then at around 6:30am ET, it seemed like Google fixed the issue. Well, it seems Google did not fully resolve the issue because now the company officially confirmed the issue on Twitter.
Smaller publishers? If I look at what Google indexed on my personal site in the past 24 hours, it shows a story from yesterday, that was published before Google had these serving issues. And a story that I manually pushed to Google using the request indexing issue in…