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1:42 pm on Jul 3, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Hi. Any idea what it means when the url doesn't appear on google search even after typing with info:url?
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Hi. Any idea what it means when the url doesn't appear on google search even after typing with info:url?


If all typed correct it sounds like that would mean that that the url is not currently in the index. Have you checked to see if it is listed in Google Search Console ? Also make sure you are using the correct domain combination (i.e. if you serve the site using www.domain.com put that rather than just domain.com) just to be safe - although without www. should work anyway.

also try searching cache:url to see if it is stored in cache currently as an additional check

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1:52 pm on July 3, 2019 (gmt 0)

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The info: operator was discontinued a few months back. Have you tried site:url ?
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The info: operator was discontinued a few months back. Have you tried site:url ?


yes it doesnt give any useful lnfo anymore but it should still work and return the site
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Yeah, I think it's just the same as searching for the URL. The site operator is now the only reliable method of checking indexation as far as I understand, but will return other pages in the same folder.
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with all of googles recent bugs though I think checking multiple ways is probably the best tactic - GSC, various operators etc , just in case they are having some issues with the index
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@lisa01
Hi. Any idea what it means when the url doesn't appear on google search even after typing with info:url?

As mentioned by others info: has been deprecated. Use instead:
site:www.example.com inurl:unique-text-from-url


But the "site:" method is unreliable, it can give different results every time you use it, so it should be avoided or used only as rough indicator.

It is best to use the "Inspect URL" tool in the Search Console. It will show you whether or not the page is in the index and when it was last crawled. It allows you test the live version of the page, see how it is rendered. It also shows any JS console errors. Should the page not have been indexed the information provided can help you find the source or problem.
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Hi. Just checked with site:url and it is appearing, but not with "info". Actually, my website was destroyed by Google last October and I'm still looking for the reason behind it. My competitor faced the same penalty, when the keywords would jump from 1st to 5th page, but his penalty lasted just two months. I wonder what I'm doing wrong
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Thank you everyone for your replies. Just checked with site:url and it is appearing, but not with "info". Actually, my website was destroyed by Google last October and I'm still looking for the reason behind it. My competitor faced the same penalty, when the keywords would jump from 1st to 5th page, but his penalty lasted just two months. I wonder what I'm doing wrong
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site:url is a reliable method to check whether the page is indexed in Google's Search engine ranking Page (SERP). if it is not indexed Google search console is the best tool to check.