Crawl anomaly: what does it mean and how to fix?
The “Crawl anomaly” error indicates that Google's had issues when requesting these URLs. They received response codes in the 4xx and range outside of the types they list within the Index Coverage report. To illustrate, this is where the URLs are in :
And here’s what this error looks like in Google Search Console’s Index Coverage report:
Double-check on URL level
You can double-check this by going to
Crawl anomaly and inspect one of the URLs listed, then under
Crawl it'll say "Failed: Crawl anomaly" for the field
Typical pages that show up in this report
How to diagnose and fix
Here's how to diagnose and fix the crawl anomaly issue:
- Go through the list of URLs, and verify that they are in fact not correctly loading. If it's just a hand full of URLs, you can use Google's .
- If it's more, then we recommend doing spot checks with the inspection tool, and to add , because that enables you to quickly go through these URLs, and our platform will alert you about issues like these moving forward.
- If you're finding that the URLs work fine, the crawl anomaly could just be a temporary issue which should resolve automatically. If it doesn't, dig in further.