Categories: Webmaster Tools :

What happened to WT Index Status "Not Selected" option?

Showing 1-11 of 11 messages
What happened to WT Index Status "Not Selected" option? bigsitesinc 2/7/13 4:45 AM
I've read the FAQs and searched the help center. YES
My URL is: 

Wondering where the option went today in Webmaster Tools > Health > Index Status > Advanced   "Not Selected"

Is this option removed permanently or is it just today? I use this report a lot and it would be sorely missed.

Re: What happened to WT Index Status "Not Selected" option? Pelagic 2/7/13 10:14 AM
Hi Bigsiteinc, yes it has been removed, as it was just confusing to the majority of WMT users.
Re: What happened to WT Index Status "Not Selected" option? Pelagic 2/7/13 12:30 PM
On Thursday, 7 February 2013 20:07:43 UTC, bigsitesinc wrote:
The PHP pages of my site are an estimate to me, the html I sure do know the number. But on WMT right now the report says I have over 900 pages in the index when there is no way I have that many. And my sitemap only has about 165 - I did not include the php pages in the sitemap. My estimate of pages including the PHP pages is around 500. What the other 400 are I have no idea and would love to know.
 
If WMT allowed you to download what is in their index into a spreadsheet then troubleshooting would be easier. Doing a site:mysite.com does not help.
 

I'm a little confused here Bigsiteinc, your primary concern was about pages not being indexed, but now you are concerned that you have significantly more pages indexed than your site actually publishes ?

Providing your url will help, use a url shortener if you wish to mask it.
 
bigsitesinc 2/7/13 1:09 PM <This message has been deleted.>
Re: What happened to WT Index Status "Not Selected" option? bigsitesinc 2/7/13 2:37 PM
Here is a great example why the Not Indexed green line helped me fix issues. Even now, it tells me there are a lot of pages in the index that should not be there since my sites pages are way below 500 (165 html + php generated). I have a forum that has little content so I blocked it thinking it was hurting my pages getting indexed.
 
I would like to know what pages exactly (file names) are in Googles index but I have not found any way to create this type of report to download into a spreadsheet. The site:mywebsite.com doesn't help to figure out what is in the index, it's too cumbersome.
 
Yes, I am concerned about getting pages "shown", they may be in the index but they never get shown and the green line is what told me how many are not getting shown and that there is a problem. The not shown is probably more duplicates I need to get removed. FYI, my GPS pages do come up on page 1 or 2 in Bing but hardly any come up at all in Google due to the duplicate issue back in October, see chart attached.
 
Re: What happened to WT Index Status "Not Selected" option? In the bag 2/7/13 10:50 PM
You had to select "advanced" to see it!  Therefore im confused at the decision to remove it based on "it was confusing the majority of WMT users!?
Re: What happened to WT Index Status "Not Selected" option? StevieD_Web 2/7/13 11:04 PM
the function combined multiple factors into a single output and as such it was confusing because webmasters could not determine which factors where being display and which ones were not.
Re: What happened to WT Index Status "Not Selected" option? barryhunter 2/8/13 8:03 AM


I would like to know what pages exactly (file names) are in Googles index but I have not found any way to create this type of report to download into a spreadsheet.

Its probably a little cumbersome to do to find out every single URL's status, but can use sitemaps. 

A single sitemap will tell you how many urls contained in it are indexed.

So create a bunch of sitemap.xml files - one per-section? Make an sitemap index file for the whole lot, and submit that to WMT. 
 
Theoretically you could try having one xml file per page, and just list them all in a sitemap index, but not sure how Google will like that. (I have sitemap indexes that have hundreds of sitemaps listed, but each one lists thousands of urls)  


Re: What happened to WT Index Status "Not Selected" option? StevieD_Web 2/8/13 11:16 AM
like Barry, I too have multiple sitemaps (and encourage others to do the same) to quickly verify how deep/fast Google is hitting and indexing the internal pages.
Re: What happened to WT Index Status "Not Selected" option? bigsitesinc 2/8/13 11:33 AM
I honestly have no idea what both of you are talking about when you say multiple sitemapos. I do have one sitemap.xml file for the site which includes all html pages and just one reference to my php store, the index page.
 
How can you tell google crawled the pages? Where? What report? I'm lost, sorry.
Re: What happened to WT Index Status "Not Selected" option? barryhunter 2/9/13 12:32 PM
The page listing all your sitemaps, has a "Submitted" and "Indexed" column. 

The difference between these two is 'Not Selected' in effect*. (except it only works for URLs you actully list in the sitemap)



Rather than submitting a sitemap directly.  Can submit a "Sitemap Index"

Can then when click on the sitemap index on the sitemaps page, get another page, with  "Submitted" and "Indexed" columns again, this time breaking it down by the individial sitemaps. 

So could use a script to create a bunch of sitemap files



* Its not exactly the same of course, because it can be for other reasons, like simply Google hasnt tried indexing it yet.