Don’t Rely on SITE: Command

February 5th, 2010

How many pages has Google indexed? That basic question and the problems surrounding it run rampant through the SEO world.

If you’ve ever used the SITE: command function on Google you may have noticed some big variances when you run the queries. More and more people are complaining about just how inaccurate SITE: command actually is. People report either sudden drop in the number of results returned for command (with no change reported in Google Webmaster Tools) or inconsistent data (again, compared to verified Webmaster Tools account data).

Here are a few tools that will help you to check SITE: results for any of your sites to compare to regular Google:

Rand Fishkin over at SEOmoz wrote a great post: “Fortunately, there’s an easy way to get much, much better data than what the search engines provide through “site:” queries and this post is here to walk you through that process step-by-step.”