Google’s Clarification on ‘Hostload Exceeded’ Indexing Hurdles

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John Mueller from Google explains the failure of the Search Console URL Inspection Tool to index submitted URLs. This issue has been reported by users of Search Console hosted on various web hosts and documented by users globally.

Over the weekend, Google Search Console perplexed users as it failed to index webpages, displaying an enigmatic message: “Failure: hostload exceeded.”
Numerous publishers sought clarification from their web hosts and confirmed that the issue did not originate from their hosting providers. Subsequently, the assumption was that the problem resided on Google’s end.
In this context, John Mueller from Google stepped in to assist in deciphering this perplexing situation.


The “Hostload Exceeded” Issue Is Not Linked to Web Hosting


Several discussions within the private Affiliate SEO Mastermind Facebook group brought to light instances of websites hosted on Namecheap encountering the “Failed: Hostload exceeded” problem. In a separate post on a WordPress/Bloggers Facebook Group, a user experiencing this issue was hosted with the Indian web host, DRWebhost.
Additionally, several individuals on X (formerly Twitter) reported similar challenges with their websites hosted on Hostinger, where they needed help to request indexing. Hostinger acknowledged the issue and initiated an incident report, expressing their awareness of increased error rates when attempting to index websites via Google Console and assuring their users of their ongoing efforts to resolve the matter.
An update from the web host indicated that they had successfully identified the issue, and by the subsequent day, which was Saturday, they officially marked the incident as resolved.
However, numerous Search Console users persisted in asserting that the issue had not been effectively remedied.
It became evident that this problem extended beyond the confines of a single web host. Contrary to specific proposed solutions that suggested bandwidth or crawling issues at the web host level, each individual involved had independently confirmed that the problem did not originate with their web host.
In due course, the underlying reason behind the widespread indexing issue became apparent.


Google Support Pages Inundated with Reports of Indexing Failures


The Google Support Center witnessed an overwhelming influx of users seeking assistance to resolve the “hostload exceeded” error. A search on Google’s support portal using the keyword “hostload exceeded,” limited to results from the past week, yielded almost 40 distinct requests for aid.
A representative report among these submissions read as follows:
“Failed: Hostload exceeded error in Google Webmaster.
While attempting to submit URLs for indexing, an error message appears: ‘Failed: Hostload exceeded.’
As a result, I cannot index any new or existing URLs. How can this issue be resolved?”


What’s the Status of Search Console Indexing?


Google’s John Mueller joined the conversation to provide his perspective. A Twitter user expressed concern, stating, “I know I’m not the only one getting ‘Hostload exceeded’ errors after searching here. I’m not on Hostinger; there’s enough disk space; what’s going on, please @searchliaison @JohnMu?”
In response, John Mueller reassured the user, saying, “I wouldn’t worry about it – normal crawling and indexing is generally fine.”
When Ammon John requested further details, John Mueller shared another user’s tweet, indicating that the issue primarily affected low-quality websites.


Not a Search Console Issue


Ammon Johns tweeted a request for greater clarity: “If it is nothing important enough to worry about, surely it is something not secret enough for someone to be unable to explain? It would put many minds at rest and is exactly the sort of transparency most of us would love to see more of from Google.”
Mueller responded:
“People are spamming the Inspect URL / Submit to Indexing tool – normal indexing works fine.”
Mueller’s response implies that those encountering “hostload exceeded” problems may submit excessive URLs through the tool.
In response to another tweet seeking assistance and asking when the problem occurs, someone explained, “I believe we all see it when inspecting via the URL live test.” John Mueller replied:
“Then just don’t do that? Crawling and indexing happen naturally.”
Generally, Google refrains from indexing webpages when quality concerns are present. While Mueller did not explicitly mention quality as an issue, someone else pointed out that they have not been naturally indexed since the core update, suggesting that quality may be a factor for some individuals.

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Shilpi Mathur
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