Question: I have a question regarding index status in the Google Webmaster tool. You mentioned using site: Command before to see how many pages are indexed. However, the number is very different in the webmaster tool(much lower number). Why is that? An
Answer: The site: command often disagrees with the Webmaster tools data. Why? I have no real idea.
The site: command is clearly more accurate because you can spot check any page, for example:
And, for our website, site:jm-seo.net does NOT agree with what Webmaster tools shows. Again, I don’t know why. What IS important is that you pay attention to a) the trend (are more pages getting indexed), and the percentage (are you deeply penetrated or not).
Google is incredibly inconsistent, and this is just one example.
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