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3:39 am on Jun 22, 2015 (gmt 0)

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Hi

I have a 7 month old website and I've been adding good quality content on a secure server with a responsive design with an XML sitemap.

I thought that I;d ticked (at least the most obvious) boxes.

Up until 16th June Google was indexing all my new content but, when the algo change happened, Google started to slowly reduce the number of indexed pages in the sitemap page in WMT.

Two questions;

1. Has this happened to anyone else?
2. Is this likely to continue until my site completely disappears?

There are no messages from Google to say that there are any problems with my site. Zero errors anywhere in WMT.

Thanks

Mick
2:09 pm on June 22, 2015 (gmt 0)

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I noticed a large crawl late last week followed by some updates in WMT. First, about 30 pages which have been 404'd for ages and are not in my sitemap and have been manually removed from the index suddenly appeared again in the Site Errors section as "Not Found." These pages haven't existed for a long time. Next, I'm seeing that Total Pages under the Index Status section has decreased while Indexed Pages under the Sitemap section has increased. I'm not sure anything is accurate in WMT any more (if it ever was).
2:20 pm on June 22, 2015 (gmt 0)

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Suggesting that the problem *might* be with WMT is interesting.

In WMT > Crawl > Sitemap it says 80% (and reducing) of my pages are indexed. If I use the site command it lists 100% of my pages and if I look at WMT > Google Index > Index Status it also shows 100% pages indexed.

You could be right webcentric about WMT being (a bit) broken.
4:06 pm on June 22, 2015 (gmt 0)

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? I'm not sure it's much of a great revelation though ;)
1:17 pm on July 1, 2015 (gmt 0)

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I do think Google is having some serious data issues right now. G can't decide whether I have 1500 pages indexed, 987 pages indexed or 127 pages indexed. The latter is from a site: search performed today. The same site search reported about 1300 pages yesterday. Using Google's own tools, it seems there's no way to get an accurate indication of this site's actual representation in the index. Feels like data-waves rolling through the reporting system. Meanwhile, it also feels like Google has no interest in indexing anything new unless it's from one of its pet sites. They got to about 1/3 of the pages in my site 5 months ago and from there, I'm lucky if one or two pages a week get added. Right now the numbers appear to be going down but as this thread suggest, There's just no trusting this data. It's either pure junk or Google is about to become completely irrelevant in my universe. Thankfully, there are other options for traffic these day.