Question: What does “indexed” mean in Google Webmaster Tools?
Answer: You have to understand there are two aspects to the Google search engine. First, there is all the content on the web. Second, there is Google’s index of the web, which is a much smaller set of webpages.
So let’s assume that you create a website or a page on a website. It exists on the web, but that does not mean that it is indexed by Google. Google has to discover the page by crawling, and then decide to index it.
So when you type site: Into Google, you are essentially querying Google as to whether a specific webpage has been discovered and included in the Google search index.
So in terms of SEO, the first thing is to create the content. Obviously following the correct principles of search engine optimization. The second thing is to get this content indexed by Google. And the third thing is to manipulate Google so that it shows your webpage high on the search results.
So, in sum, being indexed in Google webmaster tools means that Google has discovered your webpage. Of course, as we teach in our classes on search engine optimization, you can have a huge impact on how many of your pages are indexed by Google, how frequently Google updates its index of your content, and the placement of your content on the Google search results.
Got a question? Click this link to email Jason or call 888-993-1122. Dr. Jason McDonald is founder and Senior SEO / Social Media Director of the JM Internet Group. He teaches the SEO training classes for the group, and therefore provides most of the SEO tips for this blog. His goal with this blog is to provide an easy 'one-stop shop' for the busy marketer looking for tips, tricks, and secrets on how to get to the top of Google and Bing for free using proven SEO tactics. When not dreaming up SEO tips, Dr. McDonald lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, two dogs, a cat, four iguanas and twelve children (just kidding). Really you read down to the bio on this guy? Enjoy the blog.
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