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Webmaster tools showing data that does not reflect in Google

5:53 am on Oct 16, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I have launched my blog almost a month back (22nd September). The domain I bought earlier existed (as per wayback machine) and I had registered and verified for webmaster tools. Submitted my sitemap mydomain.com/sitemap.xml through WMT, and my robots.txt points to mydomain.com/sitemap.xml.gz

Now, the issues -

1. Only one url, the homepage url is indexed by google, while WTM shows 89 urls submitted by sitemap.xml and 91 urls submitted by sitemap.xml.gz So why all these differences?

2. WTM "links to your site" shows 36 Links, but no backlinks are displayed in google.

3. When I check the Wayback Machine, I find 4 versions of the site in 2002-2003, one of which does not open, and the remaining 3 are same pages, a real estate agent's site, but with different domain. Was the domain redirected in the past? Does that have anything to do with Google indexing now? If yes, how to solve it?

Is there something wrong with my domain or blog? Please show me some light...

10:58 am on Oct 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Hi ranadeep,

#1 - Google does not index every URL in every sitemap. Google is interested in high quality, unique content. The more unique websites linking to each webpage will increase the chance of it being indexed. I am going to guess you probably do not have alot of link juice pointing to your webpages.

#2 - Google.com and Google's webmaster central are displaying two different results. Google.com purposely does not display all the data they have. Google webmaster central is more accurate.

#3 - It doesnt really matter how many versions the wayback machine has or if they are accessible. The wayback machine is good for finding out if the site was heavily spammed. Another good use of the wayback machine is to see if the domain was used for a totally different business which may impact your backlink anchor text distribution. Most of the time there is no need to worry about what the wayback machine is showing. If the website was redirected many years ago it would be unlikely to have any significant impact today.

Overall it sounds like you are recycling a domain that has never really been promoted very well. I don't know how many external websites are linking to you but I would guess not many. As you gain quality backlinks you will see an increase of google indexing your content. Good luck.

7:16 am on Oct 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Thanks goodroi, that quite explains the situation. You are right, I do not have much link juice pointing to my pages and not many websites are linking to my domain as of now.