Web Marketing Tip #1: Use "site:url" to Find Out If Your Website Is Indexed by Google

Here’s a quick way to find out how many pages in your website are in the Google index. In the Google search window, type “site:” followed by your domain. For this site, I would type in “site:mcbuzz.com” and hit return.

The list that results is all the pages in your site that Google has spidered (read through using web page-reading software) and added to its index. If you don’t see all your site’s pages, that’s not good — unless you don’t want people to find those pages!

Next I will talk about what to do if your pages aren’t listed.

Web Marketing Tip #2: Use XML Sitemap Generator to Get All Your Website’s Pages Indexed by Google

Web Marketing Tip #3: Submit an XML Sitemap to Google

Web Marketing Tip #4: Use Keywords in Web Page Titles

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Nice tip, but I have one question. I’ve tried it with my site and it showed me 1000 indexed pages (100 pages with 10 pages each). Is this contingency or google isn’t able to index more then 1000 pages?

This is interesting. Your hunch is probably correct: since the list of pages you get using site:url stops at 1000, Google might be limiting results for large sites like http://www.divxtitles.com/

My suggestion is to check out Web Marketing Tip #2 and Web Marketing Tip #3 in this blog. Have you created a Google Webmaster Tools account for your website?

Creating a Google Webmaster Tools account allows you to a) submit an xml sitemap for your website, and b) get more detailed information about your website’s overall success or failure with search engine crawlers.

Once you signup, submit an xml sitemap for your site and give Google a week or so to create data. Then you can check Statistics > Index stats (along with all kinds of other useful info). There is a “site:url” feature here that you can use to see if Google offers you a list longer than 1000 pages. If they don’t, let me know and I will look into it further.

I think those tips will not help him because google isn’t able to index more then 1000 pages. Simply try some very popular sites such as news.com and you’ll see it has only 1000 indexed pages. I think its due to limited capacity of their databases. I mean there are a lot of sites there and if they allow indexing more then 1000 pages per each it may seriously slow down their servers.

I see what you mean. But I don’t think this means that Google is not indexing more than 1000 pages.

If we use site:url in Google for a huge site like News.com, Google displays 1000 results, but it also says in the upper right corner of the results page that it is displaying “Results 991 – 1000 [or whatever results page you are viewing] of about 33,400 from news.com.” This means that Google has actually indexed 33,400 pages from news.com. Google is just not going to show you more than 1000 when you use site:url.

If Rock (comment above) signs up for a Google webmaster account, I think he will be able to confirm that Google has indexed more than 1000 pages of his site. And if he submits an xml sitemap for his site, Google will (or, at least, should) index every page listed in the sitemap, as long as they are unique pages that don’t contain too much duplicate content (which would make them look like spam).

It’s a shame Google’s link: query doesn’t really seem to work properly. We’ve been doing a lot of SEO marketing recently and it doesn’t seem to pick up half the links Yahoo does. Or perhaps it’s Yahoo with the problem.

I have to agree. You get way more raw info about incoming links from Yahoo Site Explorer. If you google “backlinks seo” or a similar keyword, you’ll find plenty of tools — some free, some not — that help you track and work with incoming links.

The question is, Why does Google only show you a fraction of the links that Yahoo does? Part of the answer is that Yahoo shows you links that are flagged as rel=’external nofollow’ These are links that Google ignores when it assigns Page Rank.

thanks for the tip

Hi, There,

I don’t understand this. First I am totally technically challenged. I have had a “working” website for over one year and do not get much traffic at all. I am working on keywords and trying to find links. But when I do as you suggested to find out how many pages in my site are actually indexed by Google, I come up with “page under construction”. What the heck is THAT about?

Any suggestions? Thanks so much for any ideas!

Hi Gay,
Thanks for your comments.

Looks like your site is well indexed by Google. Maybe you were putting a space between the “site:” and the “furandflora.com”.

Click here to see the same (correct) result:

Taking a quick look at your site, the first thing I would suggest is that you beef up textual descriptions of each subset and subsubset of products you sell. Right now you have a lot of products on your pages, but you need to make it even easier for search engines and human visitors to understand what they are looking at. When you divide your products into smaller subsets and include descriptive text with title and h1 tags, you narrow the focus of each page so that you can target more specific keywords.

The title tag is not visible on the page, but if you look at the code of the page using your browser’s View > View Source menu, you’ll find the page title between title and /title near the top of the page.

h1 tags are in use on your site right now. If you View Source code on this page http://www.furandflora.com/furchildren.html , for example, you’ll find that the third DOG PRODUCTS is an h1. (And you can see that the first DOG PRODUCTS is between title tags, so that’s what displays in the top of your browser.)

It’s important to use the keyword you want to target in the title and h1 tag as well as in the description on the page. For example, on this page:
you have “raised dog diner” in the title and the h1. This may be the keyword you want to target. (Choosing the right keyword for a page is a topic for another – as yet unwritten – post.) If so, you need to include “raised dog diner” – that exact phrase – in the product description on the page. You can make the first appearance bold, as well. This does not have to be artificial. You aren’t trying to “trick” search engines. You just need to make sure that engines know what the page is about, and including your keyword in the body of the page one or two times – along with title and h1 – is the way to do it.

Another good way to boost search ranking is to start a blog, either as part of your site or as another associated site on wordpress.com or blogger.com or some other service – or on your own host. There you can write special feature posts about a particular product – how your customers use their products, include photos of customers’ pets to generate more interest in your site, add tips about care and cleaning of the products, things like this – and be sure to point to specific pages on your site with descriptive text links.

Search engines like fresh site content, and a blog is the best way to do that. By pointing to pages on your eCommerce site using descriptive text links, you ensure that when search engine spiders crawl your blog, they will follow those links to the eCommerce pages and they will have a better idea of what those pages are about based on what they find in the blog.

Here’s another search optimization resource you may find useful:

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Hi, Mark:

You gave me so much information in response to my question above, I thought I should stop back and mention to everyone how appreciative I am of the time you took to look at my site and make those great suggestions. There is so much I do not understand and it is quite a learning process but thanks to you, I understand a little bit more :) I know you took a great deal of time to

While looking around your site, once again, I noted you have a tutorial about WordPress, which is what we are using to start our blog. Somehow it became corrupted and we had to have our “tech person” redo the site. I am unsure as to whether it will not happen again but hopefully not. In any event, it just so happened I was looking for a tutorial for WordPress – so what do you know? I am thinking you are my new “one stop shop” for all the website info I need!! Thanks for EVERYTHING Mark. You really went over and above anything I ever expected in a response.

Best Regards,
Gay R.

This is great! I had no idea there was such a thing.

Thanks for ur post , i had to check if my new site http://www.ndsgamez.com.ng is indexed or not , seems like its indexed already but webmaster showing 0 file indexed .. dunno whats going on :-??

@mohammed shoaib – If you are using domain mapping to ndsgamez.com.ng from ndsgamez.blogspot.com, it might take time before Google will index the site under the com.ng domain. How long have you been using domain mapping so that you can use your own registered domain name? The other domain is well indexed. http://www.google.com/search?&q=site%3Andsgamez.blogspot.com and there is a 301 (permanent) redirect to the new one, so you should be fine in a week or two.

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