It’s been reported that a Google bug is causing the removal of pages from the search index. Starting on Thursday 4th April, Google confirmed the bug on Saturday 6th, and as of the time of writing, (11th April), it is yet to be fully resolved.
Sites are seeing web pages being omitted from their index, thus not showing up in Google search results. This could have a huge impact for these websites, resulting in less traffic and therefore less e-commerce check outs, leads and conversions.
On Twitter, people have been asking what the issue is/was, but Google seemed to be avoiding the question:
Come Monday morning, the issue was still not resolved:
Google did also confirm that, while you can use the URL inspection tool to expedite pages, everything will be fixed by Google and we don’t necessarily need to do anything:
Hopefully, this issue will be resolved soon – has your site been affected?
This is not the first Google bug we’ve seen – a few months ago, a bug caused 14 Ads to show on mobile SERPs.
UPDATE: The issue has been resolved: