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24 hours after putting a new site online I has some 150 pages indexed and was #1 search result for < a particular search term >
That was pretty wild, and wholly incomprehensible.
I attributed it to a google sitemap and some very good luck
The search has gradually dropped out of sight. I expected that, really.
The number of pages indexed goes up and down like a yoyo. It was over 200, now it is down to 16, this morning it was 72.
I suspect I am seeing some sort of google indigestion rather than a problem per se, but I'd welcome thoughts from a wiser webmaster than I.
My only thoughts so far is that we are at the end(ish) of a month and a quarter.
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[edited by: tedster at 3:05 pm (utc) on Mar. 29, 2007]
To notice which IP address is returning a set of results in real time, I use the ShowIP extension for Firefox. Checking even a second before or after a search query can give you a different IP address at times.
In my opinion, I suspect that may be google is cleaning the index, as the smaller number is more reasonable and close to the actual number of pages I have.
Depending on how you type the command, the result are different.
On 188.8.131.52, for my site.
#1 site:example.com - total: 7760
#2 site:http://example.com - total: 8570
#3 site:http://example.com/ - total: 19000
Search #3 doesn't always give the highest number.
And sometimes numbers are very similar.
This is reproducible on most data centers, but they don't behave similarly at the same time.
In other words, page count has many errors - if your traffic is unaffected, then nothing to worry.