Google provides two simple options to determine the number of indexed pages of your domain. The total number of indexed pages may vary greatly from the total number of pages you actually have live on a domain.
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Option #1: the Google site:-query
By using a simple search query with the so-called “site:”-operator and your domain, you can get an approximate number of pages indexed by Google.
In the Google search mask, you would type in the following:
The result of the search request should look as follows: Red marks indicate the number of indexed pages.
If there are many pages in the index, the result of the site:-query can be filtered using different options:
Only displays the indexed pages in the directory /subdirectory/
- site:www.my-domain.com Phrase of choice
Only displays those indexed pages which contain the phrase of your choice
- site:www.my-domain.com inurl:phrase
Only displays those indexed pages which contain the word “phrase” in the URL
- site:www.my-domain.com intitel:phrase
Only displays those indexed pages which contain the word “phrase” in the title
- site:www.my-domain.com filetype:pdf
Only displays those indexed files with the chosen filetype (other possible filetypes are: doc, pdf, ps, xls, rtf, swf etc.)
Option #2: Using the Google Search Console
You can easily get an overview of the indexed pages for your domain within the Google Search Console.
In case you are not yet using the Google Search Console, you can activate your website for the free (www.google.com/webmasters/tools/?hl=en) in just a few minutes. This enables you to also use the following option to get an overview of the indexing status.
Analysing the indexing status of your website with the Google Search Console:
- Log into the Google Search Console and select the desired website
- Click on “Google Index” in the left-hand navigation
- Click on “Index Status” in the sub-menu
You are now shown the “Index Status” graph for your domain, where you can also add filters to, for example, also show the graph for pages blocked by the robots.txt.
The search engine bing also provides their own webmaster tools which also lets you evaluate the number of indexed pages on bing.
Evaluation with the SISTRIX Toolbox
In the SEO module of the SISTRIX Toolbox you can analyse the history of the indexed pages of a domain in more detail. The graph will show the history of the index figures from Google. We monitor most domains very regularly but to ensure a more regular update of this figure you can add the domain to your Watchlist.
- Indexed pages history of a domain: