FAQ on Index Detector
Frequently Asked Questions
Up at the top here, some of the more frequent questions and then moving down there will a copy of the index detector page for illustration. Each section will be explained as to what it entails and where the information is coming from.
What Is This Doing?
Unlike a tool that you would looking for information solely pertaining to your website, this is a test where a new page is published every day to get answers to the following questions:
Is Google indexing new content with simple html (content visible on the page)?
What is the time between publishing and indexation?
As a friend of the site said “This is almost like a “is it me or is indexing off today” type of diagnostic.
We Already Know Google Doesn’t Index All Pages.
Is This Site The Domain You Are Testing For Indexation?
No. But more importantly, I’m not testing ANY site, this project is testing GOOGLE. What is the time between publishing to indexation. The actual test domain will not be shared publicly. That’s the number one rule of testing, do things that don’t contaminant the test environment.
My Site Is Getting Indexing, Your Site must have a low Domain Authority.
Again, not a question. But much like when an SEO weather tool says that volatility is high and your site is like a rock, it’s not that the weather tool is wrong. It’s reporting what it’s seeing over a large number of sites. One of the purposes of this test is to gather data, A LOT of data. Prior to starting this project the idea was 6 months of daily data points – time and dates of publishing, requesting indexing, arrival of the bots, the cache dates and then the first date in the index are being recorded. Then the data can be analyzed to see if we can spot a pattern prior to updates or get a better feel for times when indexing is off and when it is on.
So How Does This Help Me and My Site?
Now that’s a question! It may not. If your site is large enough and you have a sizable amount of traffic, this may not impact you as severely as others.
When emotions are high and revenue is dropping, that’s typically the time when executives want answers yesterday and they don’t care how good you were, they care about today.
While no one can promise anything, it’s likely that if you brought forth 3-party data demonstrating a validation with your in-house testing – two points of data to someone who wants answers vs someone to blame – that is also what this project intends to provide. If you need corroboration, reach out, we’d be happy to help by sharing the full data with you.
What Do These Colors Represent?
Couldn’t help it. While not subscribing to the “green light” “red light” theory of SEO, the green means that on the day listed below a new page was found in the index by searching for one of the fake keywords on the page.
Accepting New Content
Oct 17 2021
Oct 17 2021
This Section containes the embed of the google sheet where the different bits of data are recorded. Tried to embed the entire doc made up of multiple sheets but there are limitations that only a developer can fix and to date there is no budget for this other than a domain, hosting and the time every day and week to maintain the project. So only the current week is included in the current embed as of Oct 19, 2021.
Requests to be added to the google sheet are being honored on a first come, first serve basis. While this is an ongoing project, please be aware that access can be revoked at any time for any reason.
This is an image of the most recent full week of data
This section contains my notes, comments, thoughts and any specific details about what happened in the previous 24 hours. These are being updated every day and are being collected in a separate document as part of the project.
Postcards from the Edge:
SUN: Very interesting that a new page indexed – simple indexing only. The data on the page was updated – it was published on Oct 4, google bots visit recorded same time requested, cache date of Oct 16 and showing in the index Oct 17th today. That’s how it’s supposed to work, right? If you are having indexation issues, and have published within the last 12 days – check your page to see if it’s showing – look for the title of your article or try the site:domain.com operator and put the title in the search bar. See what you get.
Acknowledgement of Sponsor
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