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Yoast SEO & Ryte: Checking your site’s indexability

Your site needs to be up and running if you want to be found in search engines. If you aren’t blocking anything — deliberately or accidentally — search engine spiders can crawl and index it. You probably know that Yoast SEO has lots of options to determine what does and doesn’t need to be indexed, but did you know it also has a tool that monitors your site’s indexability? This is the indexability check, provided by our good friends at Ryte.

Update: In Yoast 13.2, we moved the Ryte indexability check from the Yoast meta box on your Dashboard. You can now find the Ryte indexability check in the WordPress Site Health tool! In WordPress 5.4 the site health status widget also appears on the Dashboard.

What does it do?

The indexability check checks if your site is indexable and does so on a weekly basis. You can find the Ryte indexability check in the Site Health tool in WordPress. The Site Health tool groups its checks into three sections:

  • critical issues
  • recommended improvements
  • and passed tests.

The Ryte check will be displayed within one of these groups. When your site can be found by search engines, the Ryte check appears in the Passed tests section of the Site Health tool. If something is wrong and it needs your attention, the Ryte check appears with an SEO tag next to the issue. 

The Ryte check in the WordPress Site Health tool

When you see a Ryte check warning among the critical issues, it means that your site cannot be found by search engines. You need to act on this issue quickly if you want your content to appear in the search engines.

In some cases, an error occurs while checking whether your site can be found by search engines. Or Ryte might not be able to determine if your site is findable. When this happens, we recommend you check what is causing those issues.

What do I have to do to get it?

We add this check automatically when you install Yoast SEO. You can find it by going to the WordPress admin menu item Tools > Site Health. In WordPress 5.4 you can also find a Site Health Status widget on the Dashboard.

We advise you to keep the Ryte check turned on. But we do give you the option to turn it off. Learn how to do this by following the steps in this post. 

Error: your site cannot be found by search engines

Your homepage cannot be indexed by search engines. This is very bad for SEO and should be fixed.

Are you getting the error message shown above? When Yoast SEO reports your site as not indexable by search engines, this can be caused by several reasons. However, it is an issue of the highest priority, assuming that you want your site to be indexed by Google.

First of all, test your URL in Google’s mobile-friendly test here. If Google can run the mobile-friendly test for your domain, Google can also crawl the domain. In that case, the Ryte warning is wrong.

If Google cannot run the mobile-friendly test, our advice is to follow this Go to Ryte to analyze your entire site link, create an account on Ryte (formerly and see what they have to tell you. One possibility is that you have a robots.txt file that’s blocking indexing. Or perhaps your theme has some code in it that’s blocking search engines. Ryte can tell you what the problem is and how to fix it!

Indexability check fails

If your indexability check fails, your server is not able to connect to the servers to retrieve the indexability status for your domain. This can happen for several reasons:

  • Your server can’t connect to other servers at all.
  • Your server has a whitelist of servers it’s allowed to connect to. In this case, adding would fix that.
  • A myriad of other server configuration reasons.

Usually, your hosting party can tell you the cause of the issues and will also be able to help you fix it. If not, go to Ryte where you can create a free account and have access to all of the benefits without having to change anything on your server.

The Yoast Ryte check

Ryte & Yoast SEO

You can now find the Ryte indexability check in the WordPress Site Health tool! This way, you can quickly see whether your site is still reachable for search engines and visitors. If you need help fixing technical SEO issues or if you are in need of a suite of SEO tools to help you fix or improve your rankings, sign up for the free Ryte introductory plan. Just go to Ryte and follow the instructions!

Read more: SEO basics: What is crawlability »

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28 Responses to Yoast SEO & Ryte: Checking your site’s indexability

  1. Cheryl
    Cheryl  • 2 years ago

    Isn’t this just another way to sell a paid product? Are you saying that If I don’t sign up for this that Google will not not be able to find my website in searches? I am new to blogging and not making any money yet and very leery about just giving out my money for unnecessary products.

  2. Nora Connolly
    Nora Connolly  • 2 years ago

    Hi I am having a big indexing problem and I don’t know how to fix it, is there any way someone could help me or point me in the right direction? I am having a (?/!) error and Robots.txt file error…thanks! Nora

  3. Naeem Durrani
    Naeem Durrani  • 2 years ago

    I am experiencing the following error in site health Yoast SEO:

    Error details: cURL error 28: Operation timed out after 5000 milliseconds with 0 bytes received (http_request_failed)

    I appreciate it if you explain.

    • Fakhruddin Ahmad
      Fakhruddin Ahmad  • 2 years ago

      I am also facing the same problem

    • Heidi Trimas
      Heidi Trimas  • 2 years ago

      Same problem here…

    • Brian Oakes
      Brian Oakes  • 2 years ago

      same, i am having the same exact issue since updating my Yoast Premium, please let me know if you figure it out.

  4. Flynn Sorell
    Flynn Sorell  • 2 years ago

    Much obliged to you, I had some genuine indexation issues and this helped me out a great deal!

    • camillecunningham
      camillecunningham  • 2 years ago

      You’re welcome Flynn! Lots of luck with your site :)

  5. Smith R.
    Smith R.  • 2 years ago

    Can I turn off “Ryte integration”? Will it affect anything?

    • Edwin Toonen

      Hi. You can turn off the feature by going to the General tab and clicking on Features, here’ll find an overview of all the Yoast SEO features. This article describes how to do it:

  6. Ramesh
    Ramesh  • 2 years ago

    Do we have any video tutorials for this ?

  7. Felix Hesse
    Felix Hesse  • 2 years ago

    Thank you, I had some serious indexation problems and this helped me out a lot!

    • Willemien Hallebeek
      Willemien Hallebeek  • 2 years ago

      Glad to help, Felix!

  8. Jason
    Jason  • 2 years ago

    Would this have something to do with a CRON task that is being reported as having no action attached to it?

    I notice that the ‘onpage’ folder within the ‘admin’ folder is no longer there.

    This is where the CRON task “wpseo_onpage_fetch” originally was found.

    Is this simply a leftover cron task that I can delete? It tries to run once weekly but cannot.

  9. Christina
    Christina  • 2 years ago

    Hello! I am so glad I came across this very educative post. For some time now my website has been having issues. After reading this post, I am very confident things will change. I will love to have updates on recent post on your blog. Thank you

    • camillecunningham
      camillecunningham  • 2 years ago

      Hi Christina, you’re very welcome! If you want to receive updates, you could subscribe to our newsletter to make sure you don’t miss anything!

  10. Acuk
    Acuk  • 2 years ago

    hi yoast SEO i went to Rye to check my site, but i find my site isnt connecting to my yoast seo, can you give me a tips how to connect my site ?

    • camillecunningham
      camillecunningham  • 2 years ago

      Hi Acuk, sorry to hear that! I recommend having a look at our support page to find a solution to your issue:

      Good luck :-)

  11. Z Harriet YODER
    Z Harriet YODER  • 2 years ago

    Ryte can’t index my site. I think it is Cloudflare. Do I need to whitelist the Ryte IP addresses?

    • Dijana Muzhdeka
      Dijana Muzhdeka  • 2 years ago

      Hi Harriet, sorry to hear that. Your hosting company may have the best solution to your issue. So, we advise you to contact them and ask for their assistance.
      Good luck!

    • Z Harriet YODER
      Z Harriet YODER  • 2 years ago

      Oh, and Google and Bing have indexed it.

  12. Cybnetics
    Cybnetics  • 2 years ago

    Awesome post , you made it really easy to understand this pretty hard topic for beginners. You helped me a lot so I just wanna say thank you.

    • camillecunningham
      camillecunningham  • 2 years ago

      Thank you, we’re glad to hear it :-) Good luck and stay safe!

  13. chuajane123
    chuajane123  • 2 years ago

    hi yoast SEO i went to Rye to check and made 2 attempt to run and check my site from google but i think my search engine no where to be found . its written 400 That’s an error. It says, The requested URL was not found in the server.

  14. Yiran Liu
    Yiran Liu  • 2 years ago

    It seems that Ryte is very useful and helpful for beginners to check the indexability, but the price is not very cheap for newbies….