OK, this has been driving me crazy! Since Panda, the amount of indexed pages shown in Webmaster Tools keeps dropping and dropping while the amount of actual indexed pages that I see in Google's index remain still indexed.
At present my sitemap information is as follows:
Submitted: 79 Indexed: 1 EEEik! Insert horror movie sound effect here.....
The indexed page count in WMT has consistently been dropping since April 2011 when Panda slapped me for no reason. I've done a million things and spent 1,000's of hours revising and cleaning up for the Panda and have made much progress, however, GWT just keep showing less and less pages indexed. But this is not the case when I use the stie: command and or just paste a specific url in Googles search field. All pages are in the indexed.
Here are some specifics with leaving my actual doamin name out of the picture:
site:domain.com = 264 results
site:www.domain.com = 28 results
site:domain.com/* = 71 results
site:www.domain.com/* = 4 results
15,274 backlinks to my site
In GWT>Site Cinfiguration>Settings> I have preferred domain set to domain.com (without the www) - I've had this set for a while since most indexed pages point to the non www domain.
I used to have a 99% page index status in GWT and all was happy.
So to sum all this up.
Do I just need to stop looking at GWT stats in regards to indexed pages and stop stressing? Or is there something else going on?
Thanks for any help on this.