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Nikhil Raj

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Q on Search Console: The index status number in search console hasn't changed for last 4 weeks. But the sitemap index count is growing. Anyone see similar pattern in search console? 
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Nikhil Raj

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I was tracking the sitemap index numbers for all the files I have submitted using Search Console. Noticed that in some weeks when I compare it with the last week, the index numbers goes down for the sitemap files, in the range of a few thousands. Any idea why this might be the case? Why would a page in the index get removed? There is no change in robots.txt, meta robots tag, canonical link.
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Google is pretty clever, the algo behind it is constantly improving and adapting. To check everything follow these steps


Install SEO tools for Excel

Open the XML sitemap in Excel (literally copy and paste the URL into the open dialoge box )

- Check the canonical = the url
- Check the headers
- Check the title tags for duplication
- Check the meta robots

No issues? It maybe that when google crawled your site you had some pages returning an unexpected response, it should tell you this in crawl errors.

Finally it may simply be that this site has "too much" content for Google to index, if your PageRank is low and your number of pages is high that can cause this, but it is pretty unlikely.

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Hi Guys, Please could you check my post regarding hacked content on Webmaster Central forum https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/webmasters/AL-w4_vv-Oc Not sure what I should do! The website is not hacked! +John Mueller +Gary Illyes
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Search Console now says there is no hacked content in WWW. I hope within a few days these wrong notices will be removed from DE domain also. I have filed a review again for DE +John Mueller
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Has any one got image domains in Search Console. How's the crawl stats going? Mine is almost zero activity.
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+Dawn Anderson No. It gets a 200 always.
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I have an event on my CTA button. GA reports total events as 48. That button is the only way the user can reach my checkout page. I made a segment for the event to track the pageviews on the checkout page. The pageviews reported is 34 which doesn't match the button clicks. Why the difference in metrics? Thanks!
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It sounds like a pageview tag issue. Have you tried to segment it down by device to see if the difference is equally split along all devices or if it is a particular device/browser version that causes this? 
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Planning on moving to HTTPS? Here are 13 FAQs! What's missing? Let me know in the comments and I'll expand this over time, perhaps it's even worth a blog post or help center article. Note that these are specific to moving an existing site from HTTP to HTTPS on the same hostname. Also remember to check out our help center at https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/6073543

# Do I need to set something in Search Console? No, just add the HTTPS site there. The change-of-address setting doesn't apply for HTTP -> HTTPS moves.

# How can we do an A/B test? Don't cloak to Googlebot specifically, use 302 redirects + rel=canonical to HTTP if you want to test HTTPS but not have it indexed. Don't block via robots.txt . More about A/B testing at https://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.ch/2012/08/website-testing-google-search.html (302 redirects aren't cached.)

# Will the rel=canonical guarantee that the HTTP URL is indexed? No, but it's a very strong signal when picking the indexed URL.

# What's the next step after testing? Follow our site-move documentation ( https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/6033049 ). Use 301 redirects from HTTP to HTTPS, confirm the new version by adding a rel=canonical on the HTTPS page, pointing to itself, and submit sitemaps including both HTTP & HTTPS URLs with new change-dates (in the long run, just keep the HTTPS sitemap).

# What about the robots.txt file? The HTTPS site uses the HTTPS robots.txt file. Check that it's reachable or serves a 404 result code, and check that your HTTP URLs aren't blocked by the HTTP robots.txt file.

# Is it OK to have just some pages on HTTPS? Yes, no problem! Start with a part, test it, add more.

# Should I move everything together, or is it fine to do sections? Moving in sections is fine.

# Will I see a drop in search? Fluctuations can happen with any bigger site change. We can't make any guarantees, but our systems are usually good with HTTP -> HTTPS moves.

# Which certificate do I need? For Google Search, any modern certificate that's accepted by modern browsers is acceptable.

# Do I lose "link juice" from the redirects? No, for 301 or 302 redirects from HTTP to HTTPS no PageRank is lost.

# Will we see search keywords in Google Analytics when we're on HTTPS? This won't change with HTTPS, you can see the search queries in Search Console.

# How can I test how many pages were indexed? Verify HTTP / HTTPS separately in Search Console, use Index Status for a broad look, or the sitemaps indexed counts for sitemap URLs.

# How long will a move from HTTP to HTTPS take? There are no fixed crawl frequencies, it depends on the size of your site, and the speed of crawling that's possible. The move takes place on a per-URL basis.


Hope this helps clarify some of the open questions! Let me know if there's anything missing.

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For the usage rights filter in Google Images, to enable it for my images should I add the license property for schema Image Object. Does it work? Or is it based on Google's classification of websites? Any one knows..
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Found 3 ways. 1) rel=copyright in header 2) rel-license microformat 3) license for ImageObject schema Hope this works!
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Has any one got image domains in Search Console. How's the crawl stats going? Mine is almost zero activity.
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Any one?
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Confused and need help!

I blocked all images in one of my client's website. Google says I can do it without affecting web search [https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/35308?hl=en]

But then when I did the Fetch and Render the blocked resources appeared with a severity level High. "The missing resource significantly affects the rendered page, and will probably change how Google indexes your page" [https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/6066468?hl=en&rd=2]

What does that mean?

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+William Harvey Thanks! That answers my question. Last time when I checked my log files, images crawled by Googlebot was almost 0% but all the images were crawled by imagebot. So may be rendering and crawling are different.
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When I say example.com/articleid=16 and example.com/seo-friendly-url doesn't make any difference to the crawler, but only to the index. Is that true?
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I have an image of 500x500 size. This is placed inside a container of 170x170. So when JS is enabled the image will be resized to 170 size. If JS is off it will be 500.

What should be the width and height for the image? Is it 500 or 170? What does bots prefer?
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Thanks +Jaaved Khatreeand +Terry Van Horne! It's in the range of 30-50. So the suggestion is to make a new image domain for 170 image size. The issue is 170 doesn't look good when it comes to Image search.
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  • Alamy
    Senior SEO Engineer, 2015 - present
  • Suyati Technologies
    Inbound Marketing Analyst, 2012 - 2015
  • DK New Media
    SEO Analyst, 2012 - 2013
  • Trikode Solutions Private Limited
    Internet Marketing Specialist, 2011 - 2012
  • Oregon Technologies
    SEO Analyst, 2010 - 2011
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