Google Webmaster Tools Faster Than Google Search?

Jun 13, 2012 • 8:34 am | comments (7) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

Google Webmaster ToolsA WebmasterWorld thread has some SEOs and webmasters noticing that the data in Google Webmaster Tools is updated faster than what they see in Google's own search results.

For example, Google Webmaster Tools may show that they have indexed 10,000 pages but when you check Google search, it may only show 6,000 pages. Keep in mind, I am assuming these webmasters are savvy enough to understand that a Google site command is not accurate and shouldn't be used to compare index saturation in Google compared to Google Webmaster Tools.

One member said in the forums:

Despite Google Webmaster Tools saying all pages are indexed from submitted site map on our accountancy firms website, google search servers don’t seem to be showing updated results anywhere near as fast as they use to. This includes change to titles, descriptions, rich snippets and content.

So from GWT it looks like they are indexing just as fast, it's just the results index is not being processed as quickly.

Also seeing more and more sync issues with their servers. Some queries often produce older titles than others – including updates to places company names.

Others have confirmed this but I am not personally able to verify this. Do you agree?

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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06/13/2012 02:05 pm

Would definitely like to see more proof and methodology. Would be interesting if it is the case. In fact, would be better - because you SHOULD be able to see more accurate data within your own account

Muhammad Osama Hussain

06/13/2012 04:10 pm

yeah I could agree with you but you can't say in all aspects


06/13/2012 10:31 pm

I think WMT might show the number of crawled urls and we know it takes some time for them to get indexed. We also know that that site operatoe doesn't necesarry show the real number of indexed links. And one more thing, i have seen pagges not showing with the site operator, but showing in the keyword query


06/14/2012 12:57 am

Well the 'links to your site' tool takes months to update sometimes. Not very fast.


06/14/2012 06:47 am

I have not noticed this for a while.....even if you have removed links (Sitewide or Individual links) in webmaster tools, it still shows same old data that we are having still link on those sites which we have already removed...i will say google is lazy when it comes to refresh the data in webmaster tools


06/14/2012 12:09 pm

its not completely right because one of my sites WMT is showing 700 pages but if i search in google it showing 1000 of pages.


09/05/2012 08:08 am

I don't agree. My site has 7640 pages in GWMT whereas it has 19,000+ pages in the search index.

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