Google Sitemap Stats

Google Sitemap StatisticsGoogle went away from the supplemental indexing or at least from reporting the supplemental results. Which left some of us wondering what might be going on. Personally I like having everything in the index or at least most pages and post are doing better these days.

A couple of weeks ago I noticed something new when I logged into Google Webmaster Tools. Under Sitemap (where I hand submit my sitemaps after new posts) Yes, I do have the Google sitemap plugin. It generates my sitemap and notifies Google. Yeah. I digress.

Where was I, I noticed something new. Under Sitemap there was this information displayed about how many total pages on site and how many indexed. And there was a little pulldown arrow where I could instantly access this information for all the sites I have registered with Google.

This is cool. It is fun as well. The other day I noticed on one of my blogs it showed 170 pages 170 indexed pages. I almost took a screen shot for on my wall.

If you haven’t noticed this yet. Log into your Google Webmaster Tools, pick a site and click on Sitemap. I also like to check the internal and external links while I’m in there. But statistics, Top search queries is where I live. I also like the way they are now breaking those statistics down into weeks and months ago. This provides good historical data on what search queries you were showing up on and ranking for those terms at the time. (Hey, that should be a post all by itself)

Google Sitemap Stats, check it out. If you blog and have a website but have never set up a Google account or used the Google Webmaster Tools you should.

Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing that Dave.
    FYI: If anyone goes to check this out like I did, you’re looking for where it says “Total URLs” not “Total Pages”. Same difference, but thought it might save some trouble when looking.

    By the way I have one URL not being indexed. Does anyone else see the number of indexed pages being lower than the total number? It’s just one page and I guess I shouldn’t worry much about it.

  2. Jason,

    It is rare to have the number indexed to be the same number of total urls.

    There are some urls you don’t want indexed so it is the exception to have them match.

  3. Definitely need to spend more time with this tool. The Top Search queries stats is a great way to track non-branded search terms without having to use something like WebPosition Gold.

  4. Great points as usual, Dave! Google Webmaster tools is a GREAT resource and is full of info about your site that you want and need to know.

    Eric

  5. I hear that having all pages indexed and proper linking structure will boost rankings. Does anyone have any experience with this?

  6. I was dealing with this a couple days ago when I noticed the feature and I was fairly certain I had many more pages indexed with google then what google webmaster was reporting. I found a couple comments on the web saying they aren’t related but how can they not be?

  7. Randy,

    They are related as far as I know. But it is possible for you to get different results. Not all Google data centers are in sync all the time. It is possible to have more pages on one center than on another and when you check it depends on which data center you are getting results from.

    A huge disparity however, . . . that leaves some questions? are you using an SEO or Sitemap plugin? have you checked your sitemap xml file to see how many pages are there.

    I know when I deleted my sitemap my indexed pages improved. In the beginning a sitemap is needed, but once your site is established, you don’t really need a sitemap for google. I’ve found that if you provide them a sitemap they can get lazy. Better to make them check the site and not just the sitemap IMO.

    Dave

  8. Dave,

    I have all in one seo and google sitemaps installed. Interesting tip on deleting the sitemap. Indeed, there are fewer pages in my sitemap then what I find indexed in google search. I only have 800+ pages indexed in search. I wonder at what point I should get rid of the sitemap?

  9. You are there now.

    I’d dump the sitemap plugin and delete the .xml file from your root.

    If you are indexing your tags with all in one seo I’d check the box to de-index those tags.

    Dave

  10. To echo a bit what Dave is saying, Google is VERY good at navigating sites and in most cases, will pick up almost all of the correct pages just fine without an xml sitemap. Are there SOME cases where an xml sitemap is needed? Yes.

    That said., even then, I try as a practice to see how much of my site(s) or my clients’ sites can be seen WITHOUT an XML sitemap. IT is a GREAT indicator of how I have constructed the the structure of the site. If I have done it right, (unless you are talking about a LARGE number of dynamically generated pages) the XML sitemap is far less needed than most would assume.

    best

    Eric

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