Webflow hosted sites appearing as Untitled in search results

Hi all,

I have two sites hosted with webflow and both sites are having the same issue.

When I search for them on google they appear like this in the listings:

titled tag: Untitled
Meta Description: For full functionality of this site it is necessary to enable JavaScript. Here are the instructions on how to enable JavaScript in your web browser.

Both sites are hosted with you guys and have the domains registered with GoDaddy.

Please help with this as they don’t work on Google analytics, google search console or anything like that.

For example, if I go to do a search index I get the following:

URL is not on Google
This page is not indexed. Pages that aren’t indexed can’t be served on Google. See the details below to learn why it wasn’t indexed. Learn more

I have requested indexing as multiple times now but this has been going on for a while. Both sites come up on the URL inspection. The examplemarketing site appears in the page indexing but the BAW site doesn’t.

Site details that I’m having issues with:

Here are the URLs:

Site: https://www.bawcreative.co.uk/

Webflow: Webflow - BAW Creative

Site: https://www.example-marketing.co.uk/

Webflow: Webflow - Example Marketing

Here is my site Read-Only: LINK
(how to share your site Read-Only link)

Yeah, here’s what’s in the page Google’s indexed;

<!doctype html>
<html lang="en">
      <meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html;charset=utf-8"/>
      <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width,initial-scale=1"/>
      <link rel="shortcut icon" href="data:image/x-icon;," type="image/x-icon"/>
      <script src="https://www.google.com/adsense/domains/caf.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
         <div>For full functionality of this site it is necessary to enable JavaScript. Here are the <a target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.enable-javascript.com/">instructions how to enable JavaScript in your web browser</a>.</div>
      <script type="application/javascript">window.LANDER_SYSTEM="PW"</script>
      <div id="contentMain"></div>
      <script>!function(e){function r(r){for(var n,a,i=r[0],l=r[1],p=r[2],c=0,s=[];c<i.length;c++)a=i[c],Object.prototype.hasOwnProperty.call(o,a)&&o[a]&&s.push(o[a][0]),o[a]=0;for(n in l)Object.prototype.hasOwnProperty.call(l,n)&&(e[n]=l[n]);for(f&&f(r);s.length;)s.shift()();return u.push.apply(u,p||[]),t()}function t(){for(var e,r=0;r<u.length;r++){for(var t=u[r],n=!0,i=1;i<t.length;i++){var l=t[i];0!==o[l]&&(n=!1)}n&&(u.splice(r--,1),e=a(a.s=t[0]))}return e}var n={},o={1:0},u=[];function a(r){if(n[r])return n[r].exports;var t=n[r]={i:r,l:!1,exports:{}};return e[r].call(t.exports,t,t.exports,a),t.l=!0,t.exports}a.m=e,a.c=n,a.d=function(e,r,t){a.o(e,r)||Object.defineProperty(e,r,{enumerable:!0,get:t})},a.r=function(e){"undefined"!=typeof Symbol&&Symbol.toStringTag&&Object.defineProperty(e,Symbol.toStringTag,{value:"Module"}),Object.defineProperty(e,"__esModule",{value:!0})},a.t=function(e,r){if(1&r&&(e=a(e)),8&r)return e;if(4&r&&"object"==typeof e&&e&&e.__esModule)return e;var t=Object.create(null);if(a.r(t),Object.defineProperty(t,"default",{enumerable:!0,value:e}),2&r&&"string"!=typeof e)for(var n in e)a.d(t,n,function(r){return e[r]}.bind(null,n));return t},a.n=function(e){var r=e&&e.__esModule?function(){return e.default}:function(){return e};return a.d(r,"a",r),r},a.o=function(e,r){return Object.prototype.hasOwnProperty.call(e,r)},a.p="https://img1.wsimg.com/parking-lander/";var i=this["webpackJsonpparking-lander"]=this["webpackJsonpparking-lander"]||[],l=i.push.bind(i);i.push=r,i=i.slice();for(var p=0;p<i.length;p++)r(i[p]);var f=l;t()}([])</script><script src="https://img1.wsimg.com/parking-lander/static/js/2.5940ae1c.chunk.js"></script><script src="https://img1.wsimg.com/parking-lander/static/js/main.82e09d9e.chunk.js"></script>

You might notice first, that it’s not a Webflow page.

And second, that it’s pretty empty.

My guess is that this is some version of Godaddy’s parking page, which is delivered when your domain is purchased, but not yet pointing to a site.

Google often picks these up.

Now that you have a live site on that domain, you have two options;

  1. Wait. Google takes time, but it will eventually reindex these pages.

  2. Be proactive. Setup your site on Google Search Console, submit your sitemap.xml, and Google will re-index it in a few days.

Now that you know this is a problem, and you’re building live sites for people, you might want to consider a better landing page approach so this is less of an issue.

One option is to buy Webflow’s cheapest plan, $15/mo? and setup a generic coming soon page that ALL of your un-used domains share. Since that site is already a Webflow site, you’ll be able to switch the domain over to the new site instantaneously, with no DNS changes.

Yea, it would be nice if Webflow had a coming soon page feature. Perhaps someday.

Ah that would make sense as both of those domains are hosted with GoDaddy. So its just going to take time? Any idea how long as it has already been way over a month?

also, could you explain your last bit a little more, please?

Use Google Search Console to make Google aware of your updates. You can ask it to recrawl your site etc, all the tools are there.

My last bit was perhaps a bit advanced- it’s more intended for agencies or pro developers, who want to make sure the client’s experience is 100%.

The simplest way is, if it’s going to take you a bit to build the site, setup a mini coming soon site, branded to the client. Costs you 15/mo to host on webflow, but looks nice, keeps the client excited. You can collect customer emails there etc. as well.

Switchover becomes smoother, especially if you setup Search Console on that coming soon site.