Google Search Console – Google Index
One of the first things you should do after launching a website is create a Google Search Console account. Why? Because it’s a massively useful tool that will help you discover problems that may damage your rankings or user experience. It will tell you loads of information about what Google crawls, analyses and indexes your website.
Following on from my previous two blogs about Google Search Console, ‘Google Search Console – Search Traffic’ and ‘Google Search Console - Search Appearance’, in this blog I will be going over what is in Google Search Console’s Index, and what you can gain by using it.
Google Index – Index Status
Before I can start explaining what this tab is, let me first point out that there are two views in this section in Google’s search console - basic view and advanced view.
Index Status - Basic View
This section of Google’s search console shows you how many pages Google has crawled on your website.
It’s best to keep an eye on this page because if you are adding or deleting pages on your website google may not crawl these pages straight away.
From here you can keep a proper track of what Google is doing on your website.
Index Status - Advanced View
In the advanced view tab you can also identify what URL’s are being blocked by robots.txt.
You can download all of this data to CSV file or Google Docs to give the following precise data:
- Total pages indexed
- Pages blocked by robots
- Pages removed
From here you can how many pages have been blocked by robots.txt. (if you would like to know more about robots.txt please read my previous blog here)
In the image above you can see the six URL’s at the bottom. If you dont like the URL’s that google is showing in the search results you can remove them in Google Search Console’s ‘Remove URL’s’ section.
To remove one of these URL’s create a new removal request and input the URL that you would like to remove. It’s that simple! Google will then choose what to replace that sitelink with.
Please note that unfortunately you cannot choose what URL you would like to replace it with.
I hope that you have learned somthing new in this blog If you have any questions in the mean time, or are unsure about anything, give me a tweet at @ISD_Richard. Coming soon will be a blog post about the crawl section in the Goolgle Search Console so keep an eye out for it.