I entered site:example.com on google search it gave me list of unique pages exists on my website, and then I selected 'Past Week' filter under 'Show search tools' it gives me just 4 results when I have more then 50 posts from past one week.

Sitemap.xml is submitted as well.

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It's quite possible that those pages have not (yet) been indexed. Try a Google search for site:www.example.com/canonical/url to see if one of the missing pages is indeed in Google's index.

Submitting an XML sitemap is not a guarantee that those pages will be indexed - it is simply a recommendation.

If you look in Google's Webmaster Tools it should tell you (from your Sitemap) how many URLs have been submitted and how many have been indexed.

  • +1 A site-limited search is not a reliable way to determine how many URLs have been indexed for your site; it only shows you a selection. This is what Webmaster Tools is for.
    – Su'
    Commented Aug 13, 2012 at 16:01
  • I tried Google search as eg: site:www.example.com/canonical/url I see the page in results. but the same dose not show up when 'Past Week' is clicked.
    – Anand
    Commented Aug 14, 2012 at 5:50
  • As Su' mentions, a site: search is not necessarily reliable and all results may not be shown. Another point is how Google has determined the publish date (or last updated date (?) if looking at the advanced search page) of the page. Other dates that appear on page can affect this.
    – MrWhite
    Commented Aug 14, 2012 at 9:42
  • dose the change frequency which is mentioned on the sitmap.xml matters on the results as well?
    – Anand
    Commented Aug 14, 2012 at 11:12
  • An XML sitemap is advisory, not authoritative. Google might use the <changefreq> to determine crawl rates, but it might not (probably not IMO). It might use the <lastmod> as a factor in determining the last modified date of the page - but it certainly uses other metrics as well. I have a site where Google has picked up an arbitrary date that appears near the top of the page as the publish date of the page - it is not - and this differs from the <lastmod> date specified in the XML sitemap.
    – MrWhite
    Commented Aug 14, 2012 at 12:53

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