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Submitted Sitemap.xml how long till it is indexed by Google?

     
11:22 am on Jan 25, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Hi,

I sent in the sitemap.xml to Google Webmaster Tools.

How long till the url's etc. are indexed normally?

Thanks!

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11:10 pm on Jan 25, 2014 (gmt 0)

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I checked GWT and it shows a few thousand indexed (of those submitted). But the google SERPs still show the old links! Any hope when these will be updated? Thanks!
11:10 pm on Jan 25, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Have you checked your server access log to see if those URLs have been crawled by googlebot?
11:16 pm on Jan 25, 2014 (gmt 0)

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I will do that, thanks. Can I just redirect (using .htaccess) the old links to new links (there are 4 in total)?

Would that update Google Serps?
11:27 pm on Jan 25, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Yes you should redirect old URLs to new URLs with a 301 status code.
1:33 am on Jan 26, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Hi Phranque I checked google.com SERPs and if I search for example.com on google, it still shows the old Sitelinks!

Any hope when/how this will be fixed?

Thanks!
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1:54 am on Jan 26, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Firstly, for the old URLs to disappear, you need to redirect them to the new ones as phranque said above.

WebmasterWorld has the HTTP Response Status Code Check Tool [freetools.webmasterworld.com] which you could use for the redirect check. Go to that tool, enter your OLD URL and click on [Check].

The results you should be seeing are something like this:

http://www.example.com/old-url - 301 Moved Permanently
http://www.example.com/new-url - 200 OK

If you are not seeing the 301 code next to your old URL, then your redirects are not implemented properly and in this case Google may hold onto old pages.

You said that you have changed only 4 URLs. Once you set up your redirects, then it will depend on when Google crawled the old URL in order to see the redirect. As phranque said, check your logs to see if old URLs are crawled by Googlebot and if they are, then give it up to a week for the index to be updated.
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Thanks a lot guys, all your help is appreciated very much! I'll have to wait for a week or so as you say.

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3:57 am on Jan 26, 2014 (gmt 0)

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give it up to a week for the index to be updated

... and a further week for the information to trickle back to wmt. The "Index Status" area of wmt officially updates once a week (mine does it on Sunday), with a delay of an additional day or so before the most recent numbers kick in. And don't be surprised if some numbers continue to change retroactively for several weeks into the future.
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And let me also add that if you have lots of URLs that you have changed, it could take a few months until Google's index is fully updated, and even longer for large sites.
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I'll have to wait for a week or so as you say.

first you'll have to wait until each url is crawled by googlebot.
then it's "a week or so" plus delays before the change is indexed and reported.
5:58 am on Jan 26, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Thanks guys, for the tips. I will have to wait.
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It could take maximum 2-3 weeks to crawl a big xml sitemap. You can also place 100 or so links in a page and Add to index -> submit. In that case Google will crawl all the links in a day. So can make 500 requests in a month.
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Hi, I have example.com and www.example.com added to GWT.

www.example.com is set as the preferred domain.

Should I submit sitemap.xml for both the sites or just one?

Kindly advise.

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Only for : www.example.com
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Thanks!
6:21 am on Jan 28, 2014 (gmt 0)

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You also need to 301 redirect any request for example.com to www.example.com or Google considers it as duplicate content. They really consider it as two sites that are identical. If you can go to example.com without www.example.com showing in your browser's address bar, it is not being redirected.
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Use this:
 
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^www\. [NC]
RewriteRule ^ http://www.%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI} [L,R=301]
 

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