In Google webmaster tools it shows that I have 309 pages indexed, but when I search using "site:site.com" appear about 180 only (On the first page appears "about 608 results," something near the total number of posts).

I have also noticed that some pages that were indexed before have simply disappeared from Google. In Google webmaster tools there is no error message or anything to indicate any punishment by Google.

According to Google webmaster tools, daily new pages are indexed, but for some reason they are not displayed in the search.

Am I really affected by some punishment by Google or this is some kind of bug? How can I solve this problem and have all pages indexed normally?


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You do not have an indexing problem. Google Webmasters Tools is the authoritative source of information about your website with Google. Whatever it says there is true. Operators like site: and link: are known to not show all relevant results. This is on purpose as it prevents others from knowing exactly Google is handling your website inhibits any attempts to manipulate the search results by others.

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    Do you have any reference to this claim?
    – Al-Punk
    Commented Mar 19, 2015 at 14:04

You had posted this question differently twice. This answer was to the question marked as duplicate which I now post here hoping to help you. While the two questions may not be exactly the same, this answer is in response to the question marked as duplicate. Please keep that in mind.

You have three things going on here and there is little or no connection between them. I will explain.

1] In Google Search Console (Webmaster Tools), Google Index > Index Status, the number is the actual number of pages that Google has indexed from a particular site. This is a factual number.

2] In Google Search Console (Webmaster Tools), Crawl > Sitemaps, the number is the number of pages found within the sitemap that is indexed when updated last. Please know this is not real-time or even close. It is based upon audits of the sitemap which happens periodically and in short fits and spurts. For this reason, it is a misleading metric that should be explained but is not. This number rarely agrees with the number described in item 1.

3] The "About nnn results" is the number of pages within the query result set from the index that pass all of the SERP "filters". When a search query is submitted, the result sets (there are actually several queries) are combined and then submitted to filters which do several things such as ranking the results and is where SERP penalties (the less severe of the two) are applied. This number rarely agrees with the number described in item 1.

Of the three, if you want to know the number of pages a site has indexed, option 1 is the best. If you want to know the number of pages a site has indexed that currently passes the filters then option 3 with a site: search is the best. Option 3 should be almost totally ignored unless you are looking at this number often enough to get a solid feel for things. For a new site, in particular, this can be a disappointing metric simply because not all of the rank metrics for the indexed pages are calculated yet.

Any site that is new, and a site that is only 2 months old is extremely new, you should not worry about any of the metrics too much. The reason for this is simple. It takes nearly a year for a site to fully settle into the SERPs. Part of this process is assessing metrics such as click-through rate (CTR), bounce rate, time spent on page, time spent on site, etc. Add to that all of the major updates Google has made since March where Panda, in particular, is still going on and will be into next year. With all of this core algorithm disruption, the addition of RankBrain, and Panda, any site will see fluctuations, some possibly severe at times, which make it nearly impossible for anyone to assess where their site really stands for quite some time.

I advise working on your site making it the best you can and keeping your head down for a while. Do not get into the metric weeds just yet. It would not pay dividends.

  • Wait... what? How could a Search Engine know about your bounce rate? Unless they share data from Google Analytics (which they are not supposed to), there is no way for them to know whether someone they sent to one of your pages just closed that tab or went on for hours... The only thing they know is whether the user tried the second, third, etc. results and infer that must be that first result was not well adapted ("crap"). Commented Jan 14, 2018 at 22:51
  • @AlexisWilke The bounce rate you see in search console is what Google knows without analytics. This is based upon the bounce rate from search results (SERPs) only. GA knows a different bounce rate because you are running their bug. Two completely different things. What counts for ranking is the bounce rate seen in search console. Cheers!!
    – closetnoc
    Commented Jan 15, 2018 at 1:29
  • That's the thing. I see 4 parameters in my Google Search console: Clicks, Impressions, CTR, and Position. No bouncing stats. I really don't see how they could know that a click bounced from Google Search. Commented Jan 15, 2018 at 1:37
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    @AlexisWilke It is a simple matter of clicking a SERP link and then returning to the SERPs. That is a bounce to Google. Google the search engine does not use metrics from GA. The reason is simple. To use AI there cannot be any missing metrics for the data set or the metric is meaningless. Since most sites do not have GA, these metrics cannot be used for ranking at all. The results would be skewed.
    – closetnoc
    Commented Jan 15, 2018 at 2:18

It could also be duplicate content filters. Do a site search then go to last page of search results. This may be page 30 or more. At the bottom of the last page you should see something similar to this:

In order to show you the most relevant results, we have omitted some entries very similar to the 348 already displayed. If you like, you can repeat the search with the omitted results included.

By clicking the repeat the search with the omitted results included link you should see more results listed throughout all the pages. Results can be hidden, even results on page 1. This would expose them.

  • Nice point! I forgot about this this.
    – closetnoc
    Commented Jun 26, 2016 at 5:46

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