How many pages are indexed by Google?
This question is being asked all over the world. It all starts with the fact that we enter a request of type site: mysite. com or (on the example of a real site):
Google claims that 93,800 indexed links to the seomoz root domain. org. Cool! However, I checked the indexing data last week. The number was less - 75,000. This is alarming. I made a second request through google. uk co . The number was different again:
363 000. Hmm ... Maybe more real data will be displayed via google. com ?
Here the result is even better. Google simply threw out from the index 8,000 pages (compared to 93,800). This variation is not happy. And it is not particularly encouraging for commercial organizations, managers, directors and managers who take this data as a basis for further analysis. Numbers that mean nothing float around 300 data centers and are subject to change at any time. And they provide no real value for analyzing site metrics.
How to be? How to see real indexing data on our site?
Fortunately, there is an easy way to get much, much better data than the ones issued in PS. Which one Google Analytics .
Filter "Login page” ( Landing Pages, literally. Translated as Landing Page ) is selected in the Source drop-down list of filters. In the Russian version, the “Keyword” filter is set by default. The required filter shows the traffic of each individual page of the site on the selected search engine. Also, this filter creates the total number of pages that received traffic.
This “counter” shows us the number of pages that received at least 1 visit from the Google search engine. This is the “Holy Grail” indexing - thanks to these numbers you can more accurately track the indexing of your site over time. At first, this data may not be of great benefit. In 2-3 months they will become for you a large source of accurate information. Information on indexation gives you data on the increase or decrease in traffic to the pages of your site, and not just the total number of pages in the search. Here you get the specifics of the popularity of pages both by search engines and by keywords and many other filters.
I want to note some points. Filter statistics will not show you the entire indexing history. It will not show you the actual total number of pages scanned and indexed by the search engine. But it shows the number of unique URLs of pages that received at least 1 visit from the search engine. In my opinion, such data are more useful and accurate. After all, what is the use of pages if they are not visited by anyone? What they are in the index makes them valuable? Not. They are valuable when there are visitors. Because they are our income, customers and profits.
The number of pages indexed is the number of pages that received traffic.
By itself, the number of indexed pages is useless. Business websites use them as performance indicators because they want to know how the indexation of site pages (attendance) changes over time. If there is at least 1 visit, there is a result, there is data with which you can work.
I collect statistics for several months, you will see which new pages are indexed, which are less visited, and which have completely disappeared and no longer receive traffic. This is better than the game of numbers in the query.
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