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WMT shows deindexing but site: not - need help

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WMT shows deindexing but site: not - need help HemiA 1/11/13 4:51 AM
I've read the FAQs and searched the help center. 

On Dec. 13th I had more than 2000 pages indexed on WMT.  Since Dec. 13th the indexed number went down to 60, and now it's 116.
When I google:  "site:www.gamez4you.com"  I see all the indexed pages correctly.
I suspect that is the reson my Adsense CPC went down by 60-70%.

1. Why are my pages suddenly not indexed on WMT? 
2. How can I fix that?


Thanks
Re: WMT shows deindexing but site: not - need help Robbo 1/11/13 12:35 PM



From time to time, some of the reports in WMT are out of date and/or inaccurate.

Whether WMT crawl statistics are up to date or not does not affect the actual crawling, indexing and ranking of your site.

If the site is well indexed ( site:mydomain.com ) and search results are good, then I should not worry.


If you check WMT in a week or two, the data available should be more complete and up to date.

None of the above has any causal relationship with Adsense CPC.

Average CPC can very hugely from day to day, especially with smaller sites, without anything being "wrong" - it is normal/natural.


Robbo
Re: WMT shows deindexing but site: not - need help Gary Illyes 1/13/13 1:03 PM
Hi HemiA,

As we improve our algorithms, they may decide to not reindex pages that are likely to be not useful for the users. I took a look on the pages that were once indexed but currently aren't and it appears there are quite a few that have no real content; for example http://www.gamez4you.com/car-games/play-crazy-mustang seems to be a soft error page, which means that even though it comes back with 200 HTTP status code, it is in fact an error page that shouldn't be indexed. Another example would be http://www.gamez4you.com/all-games/page-71 which seems to be an empty page.

Another reason you may see the number of pages dropping in the Webmaster Tools' Sitemaps module is that your Sitemap is referencing URLs that are not canonical. For example in your Sitemap you reference 
however the currently canonical URL of that particular URL is 

To fix the indexed urls count, I would recommend fixing canonicalization of the URLs one your site and to set your server to return proper status codes (e.g. 404) for inexistent URLs. You can read more about canonicalization at http://support.google.com/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=139394 and about soft error pages at http://support.google.com/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=181708

Hope this helps
Re: WMT shows deindexing but site: not - need help UKSBD 1/14/13 6:31 AM
Thank you Gary,
 
When you say,
 
 "Another reason you may see the number of pages dropping in the Webmaster Tools' Sitemaps module is that your Sitemap is referencing URLs that are not canonical."
 
I think I had a similar problem.
 
For one reason or another I had to change the URL of a lot of my dynamic pages twice, so I 301'd the old versions to the latest version.
 
The latest versions were soon crawled and indexed but every single page suddenly appeared to be invisible if doing searches that should have bought them up.
 
I had this problem for weeks before realising one of my old version were initially canonicalized and my site maps were still pointing to them, I had assumed the 301 would have solved this but it appears I was just confusing Google as to which pages it should see.
 
I eventually switched off the redirects, removed my sitemaps, went back to the original URLs and set the canonical tags on all 3 versions so the original is seen as the main version. Touchwood my pages have started apprearing in the results again
 
 
Re: WMT shows deindexing but site: not - need help fastoIT 1/18/13 6:22 AM
I feel like one of my sites may have same issue you're discussing.
The website is http://noteurbane.com
I wonder how your latest algorithms see content made of maps and locations ( all http://noteurbane.com is mostly all about it)

Thanks


Re: WMT shows deindexing but site: not - need help Suzanneh 1/18/13 7:23 AM
fastoIT, please start your own thread.  Every site is different.

Suzanne
Re: WMT shows deindexing but site: not - need help fastoIT 1/18/13 9:27 AM
of course. 
Thanks Susanne!


Re: WMT shows deindexing but site: not - need help fastoIT 1/18/13 9:36 AM
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