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Indexed, not submitted in sitemap

Indexed, not submitted in sitemap

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We have been taunted with the sitemap recently, and we were not able to figure out what was causing issues with “indexed, not submitted on sitemap”. There is a simple way of fixing it when you feel that your page is on sitemap and google is not considering it on the sitemap submitted.

We will talk about how to fix the error when you have the page on the sitemap and google not considering it on the sitemap because the other cause of the problem is that you have the page and it is not on sitemap which is when this error should be shown and google is correct about it. 

However, you might have heard that this does not make any effect on your ranking but we feel this is the major cause of the ranking because the webmaster brings out another error on your coverage which is  Duplicate without user-selected canonical

This is the only issue that will solve all your major problems. Let us go through what google is doing now.

Sitemaps, How to Fix

There are a lot of things we need to consider while fixing this issue. If you are using WordPress, the SEO plugins you use consider building the sitemap based on your URL structure. As below we have mentioned how WordPress SEO plugins consider URLs. 

In your sitemap, your first URL suppose to be your homepage. For example our URL, comes like this. But in fact, the crawler bots are collecting URLs which you have mentioned on your website will be without or https://www, (without /) that is always the major issue on this indexed, but not submitted on the sitemap. So if you have this right you should get that issue away in a few weeks as Google will crawl your website. To find out please use the page view source to figure out or Press (Ctrl + U)

However, the right practice should be done in a way that we have mentioned below.

Your URLs that have connected slug to the primary URL should always end / in the end. This tells Google that it will have more slug after the main URL.

So, it should be something like this.

Once this is done. It should have another page if there are no more pages after the page it should avoid /


Note that we have removed the / from the URL.

Before we had a / at the end of every URL and it actually caused the same problem. Since we uploaded the new sitemap without the / it actually solved all our issues.

If you have a URL with an additional slug on your URL for example

If you notice that we had two slugs. One slug is where in sitemap it should be (We have placed a "/" here because we have an additional URL after this slug. 

Note there is a “/ at the end of the URL” which is the main reason for putting this slug at the end of the website is mainly because we helped google bots to identify that there are child URLs in this slug. 

If you have put a / on all your website URLs this will actually give you the same error duplicate without the user selecting canonical.

Below were the results from doing this, and it gave an instant change after 1 week after submitting the sitemap again.

We have solved all your major issues and hopefully, you will have a great way of doing and fixing all your issues by yourself. You could contact us for solving this issue for you.

Our main core is to understand the main problem that has been faced by many SEO companies. Because we are continuously improving our CMS SOLUTIONS we are able to identify them while implementing another module.

Updated on queries. 

Guys you are connecting with us regarding this same issue and you need to understand that the same problem has been there on your sitemaps. After analyzing everyone's query we felt you are having a problem with the SEO plugin. Let me tell you to resolve this issue in the plugin you would need to modify it and would require a developer in solving this sitemap issue in WordPress or any other. major platform. Major queries we have faced are from WordPress plugins. 

If you just remove "/" from the slug which has no additional URL to solve the indexed, not submitted in the sitemap as google takes extra "/" in the URL as a new one. It is very simple. Please get this done and please don't forget to comment and let others know it works. We are working to help you all.

6 comment

Indexed, not submitted in sitemap

Faisal Hejazi

Thank you so much. All my website ranks had dropped so badly after so many searches i found you through a wordpress blog and it solved our problem in 3 days. No one knows what to do and I am surprise that this worked very well as I wasn't expecting it.

Indexed, not submitted in sitemap

Ajendra Vaghela

When checking in URL inspection; my website main URL is indexed, but not submitted in Sitemap, however is showing URL not found! In sitemap option, it shows "couldn't verifiy" error since few days! I've already verified my property in Console and have enough posts, pages & categories also. Would appreciate your help, if you help me out!

Indexed, not submitted in sitemap

Vincent Igwe

I'm having this problem and my sitemap URLs have the slashes. How do I go about removing them, please?

Indexed, not submitted in sitemap


Hi Vincent, Thanks for connecting. Please let us know what platform are you using your website. Also if possible if you could share your url with us.

Indexed, not submitted in sitemap


My issue is not solving from last 2 months. Will you help me?

Indexed, not submitted in sitemap


Thank you for this article, I managed to remove the / from my URLs and the issue was fixed after a couple of days. However, the issue with indexing returned and all my articles are showing as indexed, not submitted. Any idea what to do please?

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