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Posted in: General by Richard Hearne on October 7, 2014
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+Dan Petrovic I reckon you'll know this one Dan – in Webmaster Tools I have a single XML sitemap.  Webmaster Tools reports that of ~2100 pages submitted ~700 are indexed. When I search I can see ~3000 pages via site: command, and every URL I've tried from XML sitemap is indexed by Google. Is this funky reporting usual? Do you know of any way to get more data out of GWT to determine what they are/not indexing?

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  1. Google WMT only shows exact-exact matches with your sitemaps urls, Caps or a slash can make the difference. Site: query is not a good measurement. Also check "internal links" tab to see what Google knows about your site.

    Comment by Rob Maas — October 7, 2014 @ 1:50 pm

  2. Break up your XML sitemap into the logical sections of your site to more easily understand what is getting index and what isn't.

    Comment by Alistair Lattimore — October 7, 2014 @ 1:57 pm

  3. Thanks guys.  Urls look identical, so I may have to try Alistair's idea (I remember reading your post on this before).  Makes good sense, but not sure I can justify the work to client.  Seems GWT reporting could do with some bug fixing.  Better to give no data than wrong data IMO.

    Comment by Richard Hearne — October 8, 2014 @ 8:02 am

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