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How Can You Tell if Google is Indexing Your Website Properly?

Posted by Avasoft Team | Posted in Site Traffic | Posted on 16-12-2014

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Everyone wants their website to rank high with Google. If your website is not ranking as high as you would like, it could be that your site is not being properly indexed by Google. This means that Google isn’t accessing your pages to properly index your site’s content.

Fortunately, you can check this out to see what’s going on. Log into your Google Webmaster Tools, and select the Google Index tab. This will show you the number of pages that have been indexed by Google. If the number of pages that has been indexed has dropped, then your web page traffic is likely to drop, as well.

Why Isn’t Your Page Being Crawled and Indexed?

If you have checked things out and found that your page is not being crawled and indexed by Google, you next need to figure out why. Google must be having some sort of problem with your site, and you need to figure out what that problem is.

Crawler Errors

If your site isn’t being fully indexed by Google, you may have a crawler error. There are several types of crawler errors, and they can include any of the following:

  1. Most often, this will be a 404 HTTP status code warning, which means that the page cannot be found.
  2. Another potential crawler error istxt, which means that your Robots.txt file is poorly scripted and is negatively affecting your Google indexing. Essentially, this file is telling Google not to index parts of your site.
  3. .htaccess is an invisible file that, when configured improperly, can damage your site. You should be able to toggle hidden files so that you can find it and fix it if you need to.
  4. If you have pages that aren’t being indexed, it could be that your meta tags are the problem. Be sure that you are not using these meta tags in the source code: <META NAME=”ROBOTS” CONTENT=”NOINDEX, NOFOLLOW”>.
  5. A Sitemaps crawling error indicates that your sitemap isn’t updating correctly. Instead, the old sitemap is being sent to Google over and over. You can resolve this by running a new sitemap and submitting it.
  6. URL parameters that are not configured properly can cause pages that you want to be picked up to be dropped. Set your URL parameters carefully so that everything you want to be indexed actually gets indexed.
  7. Sometimes you get a crawler error because of DNS or connectivity problems. Google’s crawlers just can’t get to your site. This could be due to a problem on your end or theirs.
  8. In some cases, the problem with your lack of indexing is simply that you inherited some issues along with the domain. Be aware of this possibility if you purchased an old domain or moved your site to another location. If the old site had a Google penalty, it can prohibit indexing of your site. If this happens to you, you should submit a request to Google for reconsideration. Always check out the history of a site before you buy it so that you don’t discover problems like these later on.

Although Google is pretty lenient in terms of syntax errors, it is possible that severe cases of syntax errors can prohibit indexing. Run an error report using W3C’s HTML Validator to see if there are errors that you need to clean up. Don’t forget that your site should be structured in a simple and logical way. You should be able to access every page from a test link.

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