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Gmail Links Crawlability and Indexability

Introduction

We created an indexable page that can’t be discovered as it has no backlinks or other way for Google to find it.

  • https://[follow.seojourney.co.uk]/[are-gmail-links-crawled-and-indexed]/

Then we sent this link between 2 addresses through Gmail to see if the links get crawled by monitoring the server access log.

  • Check Googlebot activity when mail sent and open with external domains and Gmail domain
  • Check Googlebot activity after a few weeks/months in case it was put in the discovery queue

Results

  • No Googlebot log activity when the mail is sent or open
  • Still no sign of any Googlebot activity on the URL after 1 week

Conclusion

Gmail links doesn’t seem to be crawled nor indexed by Googlebot.

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