Poll: Most SEOs Use Webmaster Tools But Many Still Use Site Command

Mar 30, 2010 • 7:59 am | comments (3) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization
 

check-index-poll.pngLast week we asked how you check to see how many pages of your site is in the Google index. With almost a 150 responses and since this makes for a good scheduled post (I am offline), I figured I'd share the results.

47% said they use Google Webmaster Tools to see how many pages of their site is in the Google index. But 31% said they still use the Google Site Command. I am a bit upset to see so many people using the site command but I guess it is hard to teach an old dog new tricks?

7% said they don't bother checking the number of pages they have indexed and 5% said they have custom tools that check. Here is the break down:

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Comments:

Michael Martinez

03/30/2010 06:13 pm

Considering how unreliable Webmaster Tools' data is, why are you advocating that people rely on that instead of the site command? That makes no sense whatsoever.

No Name

03/31/2010 06:59 am

Sometimes when your checking just a one or 2 sites using the site command for me is second nature. Good post though for gathering those statistics, well done!

Andy

04/08/2010 08:00 am

Webmaster tools only works if you use sitemaps I don't necessarily advocate the use of sitemaps Webmaster tools will only show you which pages are indexed which you want indexed, whereas the site commend can tell you about pages that shouldn't be indexed. I use the site: search operator far more than any other tool.

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