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WMT Says Zero Sitemap Pages Indexed - but they are!

11:05 pm on Feb 18, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Interesting/Weird issue here:

Recently launched about 1000 pages on a new subdomain.

Added some supportive links from my established domain. Set up Google Webmaster Tools for the new subdomain, added a sitemap file to aid in indexation.

Also note that I added rel=canon link elements to the pages.

Now here is where it gets weird: It looks as if all pages are indexed, a site:subdomain.example.com/directory/ shows all pages. We even see some pages ranking.

However the sitemap I added to Google webmaster tools shows ~1000 pages submitted, with 0 pages indexed. No errors, successful submission, successful fetching of various pages.

Running several of the URL through Google searches shows that they do indeed exist in the index, at least I think.

Any ideas?
1:56 am on Feb 19, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Someone else asked a similar question just a week or two back. It may help to understand that GWT isn't about G or W, it's about GWT as a separate entity. The pages have been indexed; they just haven't been cross-checked against the sitemap.

You may also find interesting results if you check the new domain's Keywords periodically. Mine suddenly went haywire after a few months. It wasn't because I added a page or something got indexed that wasn't indexed before. It was because the GWT computer finally got around to updating the list itself, including results from two unusually fat pages.
5:45 pm on Feb 20, 2012 (gmt 0)

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A quick update, the reading in GWT has changed from "0 Pages Indexed", to "Pending". I'm assuming GWT is "catching up" with Google's indexation, as lucy24 mentioned.

Thanks for the input.