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In February I got full control over 3 websites. All three existed for years before my arrival to the company. I noticed two of them (made by the same guy) had zero indexed page on Search Console's Index Status page before I updated my version of the site.

The first two site looks something like this: enter image description here

You can clearly see when I started to work on the sites

On the other hand the third site have data from times I wasn't there. enter image description here

What does it mean? Someone else before me measured this so I get the data from times before me? Or the first two site wasn't in index at all? (In other words: I get Search Console data OR real Google Index data in this tool when I start to measure a site?)

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The first two sites were apparently not being indexed by Google yet.

It's difficult to guess without knowing more, but likely causes would be a robots.txt blocking crawlers or noindex meta tags doing something similar. Alternatively, check all combinations of protocol/subdomain in Search Console to ensure they weren't indexed another way:

  • http://example.com
  • https://example.com
  • http://www.example.com
  • https://www.example.com

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