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Index pages: site:www.abc.com vs Google Sitemap(Webmastertools)

Why there's a huge difference between the two?

     
1:20 pm on Sep 25, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Hi

I have a very serious problem regarding Google Indexing of one of my site.
It was showing around 17000 a month ago and is now showing 1000 using site: www. abc . com

Whereas the Google Webmaster Tool shows
Sitemap Index:Total: 88,670, Indexed: 49,045

Why there's a huge difference between the two?

How to i satisfy my client?

This website is used for affiliate and is using iframe to place cookies in user browser. Through iframe the affiliate website is displayed in the same url of my website. Is this the reason why Google is de-indexing my website links?

There is no issue of copied content or no content. The website is having all unique content, unique title and unique meta tags. Have clean urls, that are rewritten using mod rewrite function and is written in simple php.

Please suggest why the two site: command and webmaster tools are showing the difference.

Regards

1:28 pm on Sept 29, 2009 (gmt 0)

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They show different results because "site:" provides an estimate and webmaster central provides a more accurate report. Go with webmaster central over the site: command.