Google Webmaster Tools has advertised another “Index Status” offer now tracks a site’s listed Urls for every convention (HTTP and HTTPS), and in addition for checked subdirectories.
“This makes it easy for you to monitor different sections of your site,” Google’s announcement said. “For example, the following URLs each show their own data in Webmaster Tools Index Status report, provided they are verified separately:”
The announcement highlighted the change in the reports if you have a website on HTTPS, or if some content is indexed under different subdomains. The reports will have an annotation, and look something like this:
An “Update” annotation has been added to the Index Status diagram for March ninth, demonstrating when we began gathering this information,” GWT clarified in its blog entry. “This change does not influence the way we list your Urls, nor does it have an effect on the general number of Urls listed on your space. It is a change that just influences the reporting of information in Webmaster Tools client interface.
Next steps, said the announcement:
- Verify all existing variations of your site in GWT. It’s recommended that preferred domains and canonical URLs are configured accordingly.
- If you submit a Sitemap, do so for the preferred variation of your website, using the corresponding URLs, said GWT. “Robots.txt files are also read separately for each protocol and hostname.”
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