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‘Search does not show all pages

'Search does not show all pages

Google’s John Mueller states that the results of a site: query are not a comprehensive collection of all the pages of a site.

This topic is covered in the latest installment of the Ask Googlebot video series on YouTube.

Specifically, Mueller answers the following questions:

“All my URLs are indexed, and when I check in Google one by one, the total number of URLs is 180. But in the Google SERP, only 28 URLs are displayed. Why?”

This person says that all their pages can be found in Google when they search individually, but only 28 pages are displayed on a site: search.


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It may seem unusual, but as we hear from Mueller, it is quite normal.

Here is his answer.

Google’s John Mueller Website: Queries

A site: query is a command that instructs Google to return results from a specific domain.

For example, if you only saw pages from Marketing-Ideas, you would type “site:” into Google.

You can take these searches a step further by adding a keyword in front of the site: command. This will ask Google to return results from a domain relevant to the keyword in the query.

For example, if you wanted to see articles from Marketing-Ideas about core web vitalities, you would type “core web vital site:” into Google.


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While this may be a useful tool for finding what you are looking for, it is not designed to be used for diagnostic purposes.

Mueller explains:

The short answer is that a site: query is not intended to be complete or used for diagnostic purposes.

A site query is a specific type of search that limits the results to a particular site. It’s basically just the word site, a colon and then the domain of the site.

This query limits the results to a specific site. It is not intended to be a comprehensive collection of all the pages of this site. ”

If you know you have 100 indexed pages but a site: search returns only 50, there is no need to worry.

To get an accurate look at how many pages on your Google are able to index, use the Search Console.

The index coverage report in the Search Console shows exactly which pages are indexed and which pages (if any) have errors that prevent indexing.

Mueller continues:

“If you are interested in finding out how many pages Google has indexed from your site, use the Search Console instead.

The Google Search Console is a free tool that you can use to learn more about how Google Search sees your site.

In the Search Console, you can see how your pages appear in search, as well as the number of pages currently indexed.

In short, do not worry about the counts displayed on a site: query. Use the Search Console instead. ”


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For complete information on using the Search Consoles Index Coverage Report, see this explanation:

If Google is unable to index any of your pages, this report will tell you why. You can then resolve the issue and use the same report to resubmit the index for indexing.


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