Google Search Console Sitemaps Index Count Drops For All

May 13, 2016 • 7:28 am | comments (16) by | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

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There are tons of concerns and complaints on Twitter and on Google Webmaster Help that the index count in the Google Search Console sitemap report has drastically dropped. Meaning, Google is reporting that the pages Google has indexed of your web site has dropped.

Here is my report:

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You can see a drop of about 8,000 pages or 25% drop in the pages Google has indexed of my site.

I suspect this is an error, a bug, and that it really doesn't mean Google dropped 25% of my site from their index. Why? Because everyone else is noticing a similar issue.

And the threads I linked to above.

Google has not commented on the issue yet but I would not worry.

Forum discussion at Twitter and on Google Webmaster Help & WebmasterWorld.

Update: John Mueller from Google says it is likely a bug:

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