How can I find out how many of my pages have been indexed by Google?
Google’s spider (known as Googlebot) crawls the web regularly and Google indexes the pages that it finds. There are literally billions of web pages in the Google database! Wading through the Google search results looking for all of your pages would be impossible.
But Google makes it easy for us by providing a simple command called site.
Just type the site command along with your domain name into the Google search box. Here is an example of the format:
site: http://www.pnwebsolutions.com – SEO Services Provider
Just type that line into the Google search box. Be sure to replace yourdomain.com with your own website’s domain name. The – (SEO Services Provider) can be any text string that is not found on any of your web pages, In other words, it is a filter for omitting any pages that are on another website that just happen to contain your domain name (such as a links page).
The search results page will then show every page on your website that Google has “found” and indexed.
Many search engines refuse to index websites that do not have any links pointing to them from other sites. You can easily remedy this situation by submitting your website to directories, soliciting links from other similar sites, and by being active on discussion boards.
I have a two-part question about how Google indexes sites:
1) Is Google supposed to index an entire site at once or does it do so incrementally? My blog (on my own domain) appears to be getting indexed incrementally, to the point where it’s taken a month to index all 30+ of my pages. Most of those pages were present before I manually submitted my URL to Google. I’m wondering if I’m doing something wrong or not doing something I should be doing. Does this have anything to do with my blog being new, or having no external links pointing to it?
2) Does Google eventually drop noindex and 404 pages? I have archive pages that got indexed but I have since added to them the “noindex” tag. I also deleted an empty category that Google now gets a 404 on. Will Google eventually remove those pages as it re-crawls my site?
Since search engines provide long term organic traffic it is important to get your webpages or blog pages indexed by them. It’s easy to check how many pages of your website are indexed in the major search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing.