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    A drop in index pages

    We have just redesigned a website on the same domain as before.

    With Google Webmaster Tools it is possible to see how many pages are being index. There is a huge drop from like 100 to around 5. What does this mean ? One thing i do not understand with this tool is that if i google the company name all pages actually shows up in the search. So what does this actually mean ?

    How can i fix this ?

    What we have done :

    - removed www. to just http://
    - sitemap
    - some 301 redirects from the old page

    - also the new redesign site is around 3 month old now.

    Ps. Could not find a SEO group, so hope I posted this the right place.

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    With Google's Webmaster Tools, they are only an indication, not an absolute. If you have changed the URL structure, did you put re-directs in place to tell google where to find the new content?

    Have you checked wmt for errors relating to the sitemap?

    I can match exactly what you say with one of my own sites, in that I've changed the design / layout and given a new Sitemap, it lists 6 out of 200 in the new sitemap, rather annoying.. but what can you do, Google knows best?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TimIgoe View Post
    With Google's Webmaster Tools, they are only an indication, not an absolute. If you have changed the URL structure, did you put re-directs in place to tell google where to find the new content?

    Have you checked wmt for errors relating to the sitemap?

    I can match exactly what you say with one of my own sites, in that I've changed the design / layout and given a new Sitemap, it lists 6 out of 200 in the new sitemap, rather annoying.. but what can you do, Google knows best?!
    I think we find the answer. It was because the site was not verfied correct in google webmaster tools.

    Something like this : http://www.seroundtable.com/archives/017788.html

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    Twitter: @TimIgoe silver trophy TimIgoe's Avatar
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    Odd, not come across that one - but I use the dns method of verification myself at the root of the domain.


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