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    Search Console help


    My website royalegraphics.co.uk had 68 pages indexed by Google yesterday.

    Having looked in the Search Console today, it is now showing as only 27 pages indexed. Why would this be?
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    other may be deindexed.
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    check the robots.txt ,if url are blocked by mistake .....or resubmit the sitemap.xml to get the indexed again
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    No URL's are blocked in Robots.txt. This has occurred overnight.

    When doing a search in Google site:mywebsite it is showing as 66 pages indexed
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    Is the site new? Have you made many changes recently? How many pages are actually on the site? Do you know what pages are deindexed?
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    Hi Thomas,

    The site is 16 years old

    I have made a few changes over the last couple of weeks to the text on some of the pages (nothing to do with keywords, just added an how to order paragraph)

    I cannot see which pages are deindexed as it doesn't say in Google Console. -
    Index Status showing as 27 pages indexed for todays date.
    Sitemap showing as 43 pages indexed and 57 submitted
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    To find out which url are indexed and which are missing you can run a site: query to list the pages of your site that are present in google index and compare to your site pages urls.
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    Hi Pierre,

    I ran a site search as soon as I saw the indexed pages had lowered in search console, it is showing all of the pages on my site, so a bit stumped!
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    Have you seen an impact in rankings? Also, your site looks to only have 56 pages, so is your sitemap out of date?

    Also you seem to have some pages in the robots.txt, why is this? http://www.royalegraphics.co.uk/robots.txt


    Yet these are 404 pages. So blocking them with robots.txt is actually stopping them from dropping out of the index.
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    Hi Thomas,

    There should be 56 pages in my site which is the same as my sitemap (used Screaming Frog for this).

    Should I remove those pages mentioned from the robots.txt? I used that method before knowing how to set up 404's.

    The other pages in the robot.txt are very old pages from 6 years ago when I first changed the design of the website.
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    Old pages left behind from a site redesign should be removed from your robots and 301 redirected to the appropriate replacement pages. If no replacement page exists, let them 404.

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    Thank Ryan,

    Silly question, but what actually goes in the robot.txt then?
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    URLs that need to exist on your site but, you don't want search engines to crawl. For example, a directory that requires a login.

    https://support.google.com/webmaster.../6062608?hl=en
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    You can also put the sitemap in the robots.txt which is quite useful.

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    Would it be worth doing a "crawl as Google" in GSC to see if it returns any errors for the missing pages?
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