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Google site index monitoring tools . How do they compare?

     
9:43 am on Aug 4, 2014 (gmt 0)

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A quick review of a site with 8500 URL's I watch in Google webmastertools, and then with the use of the site: tool [ e.g. site:yoursite.com/ ] shows a huge discrepancy on recently relaunched site. 1250 v 8500 URL's. Then as I progress through the pagination the site:tool reduces to around 200 URL's.

Another look at the site:tool like this [ site:yoursite.com "unique keyword" ] to every URL shows a far reduced amount from the 8500.

I guess there have been times when the site:tool has been labelled unreliable.

Is there a lag in WMT? Do you still use site:tool for providing insight and does it provide an additional understanding of visibility and indexing.
10:32 am on Aug 5, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Personally I find the site: and WMT to be too glitchy for me to use it when I make important business decisions.

I do look at WMT and site: for preliminary information but nothing too important. If I really wanted to know how many pages of my site have penetrated Google, I would look in Analytics at my report on landing pages before relying on site: search.