Are Your Blog Posts Indexed?

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It can take a little while before Google comes along and starts to index your blog and add it to their search engines.

Just because we:

  • Add the Google XML sitemap plugin
  • Verify our blog via Google’s Webmaster tools
  • Add numerous blog posts each week
  • Ping numerous directories
  • Add internal links
  • Build external backlinks

BUT…have you ever looked at the stats to see exactly what Google has indexed on your blog?

You may be surprised with the difference.

As of today, I have 342 different URL’s in my site map.

Google has only indexed 271.

That’s a difference of 71.

Seventy-one of my blog posts / pages have yet to be indexed by Google.

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But how do you find out which ones?

With this software tool…

Check out the video and see how easy it is to determine which of your blog posts and pages are not indexed by Google.

When I first ran the tool on this blog I had over 120 of my posts un-indexed. But you can see from the results below, all the most recent blog posts and pages HAVE BEEN INDEXED:

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But I do still have 71 ‘old’ blog posts not indexed.

Why have the most recent ones been indexed and the older ones haven’t?

I can only put it down to another tool I have been using recently…I’ll tell you about it later this week.

But for now, if you want to see which of your blogs’ posts are not indexed, grab this inexpensive tool:

https://www.webuildyourblog.com/index-checker.htm

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34 Responses to Are Your Blog Posts Indexed?

  1. Klaus July 12, 2010 at 4:20 pm #

    I read somewhere on Google’s Webmaster Tools, in their help section, that Google will not index all the URL’s, so I assume it’s normal to have some URL’s not indexed. However, I must admit, that Google has an extremely low rate of indexing my URL’s, only 10% are indexed but it’s likely because I use an automatic translation tool so all my pages are in like 10 different versions (different URL and different language, so it’s legit).

    Other than that, I’ve seen several times that my new blogs posts are indexed within an hour. That’s pretty cool.
    .-= Klaus @ TechPatio´s last blog ..iFlicks- Easy Video Conversion on Mac with Metadata Support Review =-.

    • Andrew
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      July 13, 2010 at 12:05 pm #

      Klaus,

      You assumption could be right.

      For me, I wanted to know which ones were and which ones weren’t – hence the tool.

      Andrew
      .-= Andrew @ Blogging Guide´s last blog ..Blogging Advice- Do You Blog For Yourself- Or Your Customers =-.

  2. Stacey Cavanagh July 12, 2010 at 7:29 pm #

    I find that some blog posts don’t get indexed… yet random “tag” pages or “category” pages do.

    The more authority your site builds up and the more pagerank it builds up, the easier it will be to get more posts indexed,

    Great post… thanks!
    .-= Stacey Cavanagh´s last blog ..A Little Social Media Rhyme Terribly Geeky- =-.

    • Andrew
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      July 13, 2010 at 12:06 pm #

      Stacy,

      You are right about “more authority your site builds up and the more pagerank it builds up, the easier it will be to get more posts indexed.”

      But what about all the old ones, I wonder if Google ever catches up!

      Andrew
      .-= Andrew @ Blogging Guide´s last blog ..Are Your Blog Posts Indexed =-.

      • Stacey Cavanagh July 13, 2010 at 12:22 pm #

        Good question, Andrew.

        In my experience, older posts are more likely to be deindexed than indexed – unless of course someone starts linking to them for some reason.

        Google’s all about new content at the moment it seems. Ir promises the latest indexing change, Caffeine, will deliver content that’s “50% fresher.” So while this might lower the chances of older posts getting indexed, it should, in theory, make newer posts much easier to get indexed?

        Hopefully!
        .-= Stacey Cavanagh´s last blog ..A Little Social Media Rhyme Terribly Geeky- =-.

  3. Aaron July 12, 2010 at 8:46 pm #

    Looks like a good tool Andrew. In your case with only recent entries being indexed, you may have a problem with your category pages not being indexed, and you could also get some good in-domain cross linking by adding a related posts type of plugin which can help spiders find your posts easier. Hope it helps.
    .-= Aaron´s last blog ..Free Blogs =-.

    • Andrew
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      July 13, 2010 at 12:08 pm #

      Aaron,

      I do my fair share of internal linking but the next tool I ‘reveal’ is the one that seems to have made a big difference including getting my older pages indexed.

      Andrew
      .-= Andrew @ Blogging Guide´s last blog ..Blogging Advice- Do You Blog For Yourself- Or Your Customers =-.

  4. Julius July 12, 2010 at 9:39 pm #

    great advice about posts being indexed. I also noticed that our blog posts get indexed more quickly than our articles.
    .-= Julius´s last blog ..VOCAs- Assistive Technology for People with Speech Impairments =-.

  5. John Soares July 12, 2010 at 4:13 pm #

    Andrew, I do all the stuff you say, and you’re right, not all of my posts are indexed in Google.

    I’m off for a three-day vacation soon, but I’ll check out the product in more detail when I get back. The price is very reasonable.
    .-= John Soares´s last blog ..Free Podcast Interviews With Successful Bloggers =-.

    • Andrew
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      July 13, 2010 at 12:03 pm #

      John,

      I like tools like this – simple and easy to use (oh and cheap!).

      Have a great vacation.

      Andrew
      .-= Andrew @ Blogging Guide´s last blog ..Blogging Advice- Do You Blog For Yourself- Or Your Customers =-.

  6. Gary David July 13, 2010 at 11:26 am #

    Thanks for sharing this Andrew. Sorry to hear about some of your posts not getting indexed. Thanks you as well for the tool that you shared.

    Kind regards,

    Gary

    • Andrew
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      July 13, 2010 at 12:09 pm #

      Gary,

      Are all your blog posts indexed?

      Andrew
      .-= Andrew @ Blogging Guide´s last blog ..Blogging Advice- Do You Blog For Yourself- Or Your Customers =-.

  7. Blog Angel a.k.a. Joella July 13, 2010 at 2:18 pm #

    Looks like an awesome tool. But I’m a Mac user, so I’m going to assume that it’s probably just for Window’s users. I’m sure there’s another way for me to check this. I’ll figure something out. I always do. 🙂

    Best of luck with the new tool!
    .-= Blog Angel a.k.a. Joella´s last blog ..Followers On Twitter Find The Ones That Really Matter =-.

    • Andrew
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      July 14, 2010 at 2:29 pm #

      Blog Angel – Yeah I don’t know if it would work on a Mac!

      Might be worth contacting the tool owner.

      Andrew
      .-= Andrew @ Blogging Advice´s last blog ..I Am Famous =-.

  8. Dennis Edell July 13, 2010 at 6:27 pm #

    Bought!

    Are you now going to enlighten us as to what to do with the ones that aren’t? 😉
    .-= Dennis Edell @ Direct Sales Marketing´s last blog ..I Figured it Out- Plus – I Need HELP Locating a Plugin =-.

  9. Julius Kuhn-Regnier July 14, 2010 at 10:59 am #

    Hey Andrew,

    I tried writing you an email but it was returned with an error that you are exceeding your mailbox quota. Anyway I just wanted to tell you that I published your interview. Here is the link: http://blog.newmediabloggers.com/andrew-rondeau-we-build-your-blog/

    Nice article btw. 😉

    • Andrew
      Twitter:
      July 14, 2010 at 2:31 pm #

      Thanks, Julius.

      A friend, last night sent me some rather large files and it filled up my in box.

      All ok now.

      Thanks for putting the interview live.

      Andrew
      .-= Andrew @ Blogging Advice´s last blog ..I Am Famous =-.

  10. Colleen July 15, 2010 at 3:42 am #

    “Seventy-one of my blog posts / pages have yet to be indexed by Google.”

    I wonder if they were indexed, but dropped. I wonder if Google will drop a page if it feels the page is not getting traffic or perhaps a duplicate of some other page.
    .-= Colleen@Kennewick Real Estate´s last blog ..Funny Faces, Cool Dads =-.

  11. Patrick July 16, 2010 at 4:23 am #

    Google Webmasters tool does not provide an accurate updated information.Instead I would prefer using the ‘site’ command to find the indexed pages of your blog.As you have 342 URL’S just give Google some time.Try linking to those posts from the popular posts on your blog and you will be indexed in a matter of hours.
    .-= Patrick@Reverse Phone Lookup´s last blog ..How to Trace Mobile Phone number in USA Canada and Caribbean Islands =-.

  12. Jeffo July 16, 2010 at 3:04 am #

    I’ll have to give this a try.
    Always looking to SEO tweak even more.
    If I like it, I’ll add it to my reviews!
    .-= Jeffo´s last blog ..Review- Untapped Traffic Markets With Confidential Conversions =-.

  13. Patricia August 23, 2010 at 8:31 am #

    Hi Andrew
    Do you recommend this tool in the course? Is it something I need or just when I have heaps of posts up. I think most of them are indexed as not too many ppl writing the same as me in my niche 🙂
    Another questions for you: When I blog comment should I put older post in the link like I am doing with this one?

    Patricia Perth Australia
    Patricia recently posted..Lavender Growing-Pots on the patio or containers on balconiesMy Profile

    • Andrew
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      August 26, 2010 at 10:37 am #

      Patricia

      I do recommend this tool as part of the autoresponder series for course members.

      I just like to know my posts are indexed and for $7 (one-off fee), I can.

      re: When I blog comment should I put older post in the link like I am doing with this one?

      Yes, mix it up.

      Andrew
      Andrew recently posted..Promote Your Blog Using These Ultimate WaysMy Profile

  14. shashank chinchli July 15, 2011 at 3:07 am #

    Low price and ultimate tool !
    Surely worth download and recommeding.
    Great work Andrew

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