Google Index Status brings more transparency into Google’s index selection process and help you identify and fix indexing problems with your sites on Google. As soon a new page or an article added to a blog/website, he/she(the owner of a blog) will be checking whether my pages are indexed by Webmaster Tool’s Google Index yet or not ? Most of the times they go to Google home page ( even I do the same ) and search for their new posts.
There is an easy way to check how many pages of your site have been indexed and how many are remaining due to what reasons. All you have to do is use the new Index Status feature in Webmaster Tools. Whether one or one million, Index Status will show you how many pages from your site have been included in Google’s index.
You can find Index Status under the Health menu. After clicking on it you’ll see a graph like the following:
The above graph shows the number of pages being indexed by Google Index Tool. The legend(295) shows the latest count of indexed pages and graph shows up the data of complete one year.
Remember that if you see a steadily increasing number of indexed pages in your graph, then it certainly means that the new content on your site is being discovered, crawled and indexed by Google Webmaster Tool .
What if Google Index is NOT Indexing your Content ?
Some of you may find issues while checking the Index Status but hey don’t PANIC! Because, you can check why Google is not indexing your content and just by knowing the problem you can find the easy solution for it. There is an old saying -
“ It isn’t that they can’t see the solution, It’s that they can’t see the problem. ”
But that may require to look a little bit deeper. And this little bit deeper is nothing but Google’s new feature which was recently added. Google has added an Advanced Tab. You can access it by clicking on the button at the top, and it will look like this:
What are Advanced tab Features ?
The advanced section will show not only totals of indexed pages, but also the cumulative number of pages crawled, the number of pages that we know about which are not crawled because they are blocked by robots.txt, and also the number of pages that were not selected for inclusion in our results.
Reasons for Not Getting Indexed on Google are :
- Remember that, all this data can be used to identify and debug a variety of indexing related problems. For example, if some of your content doesn’t appear any more on Google and you notice that the graph of pages indexed has a sudden drop, then that may be an indication that you added a site-wide error when using meta=”noindex” and now Google is not including your content in search results and hence no Indexing of that particular page/article.
- If you change the URL structure of your site then there is a chance of getting 404 (File Not Found) errors and in this case you may see a jump in the count of “Not selected” in Webmaster Tool. Fixing the redirects (Use a 301 Redirect to permanently redirect all pages) or rel=”canonical” tags should help get better indexing coverage.
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