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The differences between sitemap URL indexed and webpage indexed Thomas .S 12/29/13 11:26 PM
I've read the FAQs and searched the help center. 

Hi guys, I'm rather new to SEO, tried my best to look for resources before asking question here. Apologising first for any shallow question.

The thing is in webmaster tool, under "google index" - "index status",  I can see 65 of my URL has been indexed, and when I do a "site:domain name" search in google, it shows 54 pages in the result. There are some discrepancy but I'm Ok with it though.

My real concern is the sitemap status, it shows 64 URL submitted, not 0 of them were indexed. I did have a fully indexed sitemap status 2 weeks ago, until I did some major changes to the URL  format to make it more user friendly.  Although I've resubmitted the sitemap a few times and have made sure the URL contains are the updated version, they just won't get updated.

On top of that, I'm receiving periodical crawling error of my old URLs ( I've created 301 redirect for them respectively), that shows somehow Google bot is still crawling into the out dated URL instead of the updated ones, I'm not sure if it's related to the sitemap index status.

My biggest concern is, does the sitemap URL index status affect my site ranking & searching response, despite the pages have been indexed by Google?

Sorry for the long post, any help will be greatly appreciated.

Re: The differences between sitemap URL indexed and webpage indexed Zineb 12/31/13 3:44 AM
Hi Thomas .S,

Thanks for posting here.

I'll start with  your biggest concern "does the sitemap URL index status affect my site ranking & searching response, despite the pages have been indexed by Google? >> No, it does not :)
Long answer: Submitting a Sitemap through Google webmaster Tools helps us better understand the structure of your website and sometimes discover URLs that we wouldn't have caught through the normal crawling process. However, A Sitemap does not guarantee that Google will crawl or index all the URLs your referenced in it. It is just a hint.

Now, about your real concern "the sitemap status,[...] shows 64 URL submitted, not 0 of them were indexed" >> All the URLs listed in your XML Sitemap are non www. and they all permanently redirect to the www. version (which is your preferred domain). That explains why these specific URLs are not indexed. 
In order to fix that, you'll need to specify the right URLs with www., resubmit your Sitemap and wait for it to be processed again.

Regarding Crawl error, you may want to read this blog post: http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.ch/2011/05/do-404s-hurt-my-site.html

I hope the above explanations will be helpful.

If you have further questions, feel free to post here again.

Cheers,

Zineb


Re: The differences between sitemap URL indexed and webpage indexed Thomas .S 12/31/13 3:49 AM
Hi Zineb,

Thank you so much for the insight.

I can finally have a piece in my mind, and I shall look into the sitemap and make sure the ones with www. to be submitted.

Again thank you very much.

Regards
Thomas
Re: The differences between sitemap URL indexed and webpage indexed unifam 1/7/14 4:02 AM
Hi Zineb,
Need your an urgent favour: Help Please! one of my concerned websites http://dunyanews.tv/ is not add in Google News after sending request to Google news we received this message: 

""Place more content on the page English pages especially where there are images/video but very little text content. ""

Can you please guide me because now we are adding a little description under videos.

Many Thanks
FAM
Re: The differences between sitemap URL indexed and webpage indexed Somia Zeb 1/21/14 2:16 AM
Hello all,
 
I have recently submitted a sitemap to google, when I log into my webmaster tools it informs me that out of the 15 URLs submitted 12 have been indexed. However when I click on the 'Google Index' key and then on 'Index Status' it says 0. What does this mean? I am a bit confused. !
 
Can someone please clarify this for me
 
Thanks