Google's Site Operator Now Less Buggy & More Accurate?

Nov 23, 2010 • 8:27 am | comments (3) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization
 

In the past years, SEOs have known not to use the site command or operator, i.e. site:www.domain.com in Google to determine the number of pages indexed for their site. Instead, they relied more on the Google Webmaster Tools area, in the Sitemaps section, that shows how many pages were indexed versus how many pages were submitted in the XML feed.

Although the Sitemap method is not 100% accurate in showing how many pages are indexed by Google, it does show you of the pages you submitted in your Sitemap file, how many of those are indexed. A site command was suppose to show you the pages Google indexed in the sitemap file plus other pages you didn't submit via a Sitemap file.

The thing is, the site command hasn't been useful to many.

A WebmasterWorldthread is discussing the site command and what appears to be recent changes to it. People are now thinking it is more accurate, less buggy, then it was in the past.

Forum administrator, Tedster, said:

This sounds like Google has repaired some of the inaccuracies that the site: operator has been showing for a while. In other words, the index does not really include more pages but the site: operator results are not quite so buggy.

I just spot checked a few website, and it does look like they're back to reasonably accurate levels again.

Personally, this site shows of the 10,000 URLs submitted via a Sitemap XML file, 9,419 URLs in web index. But the site command shows well over 15,000 indexed URLs on the main www version of this site. It does seem somewhat accurate to me.

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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Comments:

Matt Cutts

11/23/2010 02:14 pm

Interesting interpretation, the number of urls that are 'indexed' in webmaster tools is the number of URLS that are going to get cached. The URLS that are shown when using the "site:" operator could potentially be old URLS that are not going to be re-indexed. These URLS can be removed in webmaster tools.

Michael Martinez

11/23/2010 05:09 pm

The site: query operator has always been extremely useful for poking around a Website's indexed inventory but it seems no more accurate now than it was a few months ago. They did recently change something so that it reports more estimated indexed pages than before but the estimates are still wonky.

kim sanders

12/17/2010 12:22 am

I think you can configure this problem through Google Webmastertools

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