Today, we are going to talk about how to check your site’s indexed pages. In a nutshell, before your website can achieve those #1 rankings that you’ve staked your sanity on, it HAS to be indexed in the search engines. Today, we are going to find out where you stand by answering some easy questions.
- Is my site indexed?
- If so, how many pages are indexed?
- Are my top pages indexed?
#1. Use Site Search Operators
It’s actually very easy to find out if how many of your site’s pages (if any) are indexed. Follow the instructions below to find out the total number of pages indexed:
- Starting with Google, type site:yoursite.com in the search box. Be sure to replace yoursite.com with your actual domain. Hit enter.
- Record the number of pages returned. This represents the current number of pages indexed in Google for your domain. For example, as of today I have 117 pages indexed by Google.
- Repeat this step in Yahoo & Bing.
Note: This screenshot is from my old site, which is now retired.
#2. Use Webmaster Tools
You can also utilize your Google Webmaster Tools account to understand how many indexed pages your site has, as well as to understand the technical optimization of your site and if/what things might be holding it back. Simply utilize the Index Status feature under ‘Google Index’ without your Google Webmaster Tools dashboard.
Check Important Pages
In addition to checking the total number of pages indexed, you’re going to want to find out if your site’s most important landing pages have been indexed. After all, you would hate to have wasted a lot of time optimizing a page that search engines can’t even see.
Enter the full URL of the page you are looking for in Google’s search box. If you perform a search and get a listing returned for the exact URL you entered then congratulations, your page has been indexed!
If you can’t seem to find the page you are looking for, but think it is still indexed you can try searching for a string of text that may be found on the page.
To do this, highlight a unique term on the page you are looking for, then go to Google’s search box and enter it in using quotations. For example, I entered “SEO Snipers are also trained in camouflage” to try to locate my SEO Sniper page.
To get more data about your site, sign up for a Google Webmaster & Yahoo Site Explorer account. Once you verify that you’re the site owner by placing the meta verification tags, you will be privy to some high-quality data including indexed pages, site diagnostics, errors, etc.
This will enable you to monitor trends and catch potential issues as soon as they are found, and it is a huge advantage to make sure your site stays on good terms with the search engines.
Note: This article has been updated from the original.