I'm getting confused about site:example.com and "Index Status" part in Google Webmaster Tools.

site:example.com list four pages but "Index Status" has a 0 as "Total Indexed".

I don't know what's the difference between these two.


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Google Search Console doesn't show accurate data most of the time and it takes some time to update the data while "site:" will show you exact and real time website index data.

So I would suggest you to wait for Google Search Console data to be updated. Don't depend solely on the data of the Search Console.

Also have a look at this answer for in depth explanation: Number of indexed pages with "site:" search less than reported in Google Webmaster Tools

  • you mean both site:example.com and Index Status do the same job?
    – alex
    Commented Apr 24, 2017 at 17:08
  • Yes, both does the same job but the Index Status shows historical data & how many URLs are blocked from search, etc while the site:example.com shows the real time index status of the indexed pages of the website. Commented Apr 25, 2017 at 8:32

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