Search Saturation - How many of my pages are indexed by Google and Bing?





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Published on Apr 9, 2013

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Have you ever wondered how many of your sites pages Google or Bing knew about? Search Saturation is the term we use to describe this and this tip shows you how.

Hello everybody! This is Steve Scott here with the Tampa SEO Training Academy bringing you another one of my Video SEO Tips of the Day.

A question about Search Saturation
I had a question from a former student that asked about "Search Saturation". Search Saturation means how many of your sites pages are actually in Google or Bing's index.

We used to see a lot of these types of question in the past but you don't hear that term too often today. People wanted to know how many of their pages were indexed by Google and the other search engines. There were plenty of tools in the market back then that made it fairly easy. But actually, one of the easiest ways to do it is to go right to the source which is Google and or Bing.

All you've got to do is go to Google, and type in "site:" (so the word "site" and a colon with no space) and then enter whatever URL you are looking for information on.

I'll go ahead and do my Jet's Fan Club by typing in "site:jets-fan.com" and hitting "Enter". Once you get there you'll see Google will show you the number of results that it finds. For this site it's showing 788 results and below that you'll see that all of the URLs that are listed are from the Jets-Fan.com domain.

Now if you look a little further down you'll notice that at the 8th and 9th spot in the results Google also shows some links from the subdomains, orlando.jets-fan.com and sarasota.jets-fan.com. Since we run several fan clubs around this part of Florida when you just type in the main domain name like site:jets-fan.com, it's going to show you all of the pages from all of the domains and subdomains.

One way to get around that is to put in the specific domain that you want to view or the specific sub-domain if you have several. So for example, if I were to type in site:orlando.jets-fan.com and press enter, I'll now see that I've got 126 of those previous results which are just from the orlando.jets-fan.com site. And if I would have typed in www.jets-fan.com, I can see that of those 700 plus URL shown before, 600 are from the main www.jets-fan.com website.

This also works with Bing the same way. I'll go ahead and use jets-fan.com again so just go to www.bing.com, type in "site:jets-fan.com" (no quotes), hit Enter, and you'll see that Bing is only showing a 154 results from the entire website, jets-fan.com. If I put in the www in front of that, you'll see here, 109 of those results are straight off of the main www.jets-fan.com.

So, this is a great way to see how much of your site is actually indexed by Google or Bing or what your Search Saturation is.

Some things to look be on the lookout for here are, if you know you've got a total of 100 pages of your website but for some reason Google or Bing maybe has several hundred, 500, a thousand pages in their index. Well then you know you've got some kind of a problem going on.

Maybe there's duplicate content or some other issue may be causing more than the number of pages that you really have on your site to get indexed and that's something to be looked at.

The other side of the coin is maybe you know you only have a 100 pages on your website but only 10 or 15 are showing in Google and or Bing and your site's been out for a while, it's not like it's a new site site that's just got indexed. But if it's been out there a while and you've only got a few pages indexed, well maybe you got some other issues going on. Perhaps your site doesn't have a search friendly menu structure, or doesn't have a good site map.

Either way these are things that you are going to want to look at because you want to get as much, in fact you want to get all of the pages of your site indexed.

I hope this short tip has helped you out in some way. My name again is Steve Scott with the Tampa SEO Training Academy. If you have any questions or comments about the tip, please leave a comment below.

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