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How Many of Your Articles are Indexed by Google?

Having written any article, you'll wish for Google's search engine to send you an endless stream of traffic! Once you've posted your article here and a few people have seen it, it quickly disappears from the home page and from your followers' recent feeds. So, what next? Did you really write that for it to only live for a day or two?

No - you hope that Google's search engine knows about it. You hope that people searching will find your article and view it. Oh yes, that evergreen content nirvana where you've got a growing residual income.

But how do you check? How do you find how many of your articles are indexed by Google? There's no button to press that'll tell you!

Well, it's quite simple really. Simply load Google and ask it to search for them. OK, so how do you do that without being super clever, or cute, or something? Easy....

  1. Firstly load any of your articles, any at all. See near the top left hand corner where it says "By (your username) in ..." select and copy that bit. This is text that exists on every one of your articles. It's the only unique piece of text that is on every one (unless you religiously type some footer/signature line, in which case you can use that)
  2. Load up Google - any Google, it doesn't matter. Of course, each Google around the world would give you different results, but I am keeping this simple, so any Google search engine site. .com or your own country if you're elsewhere.
  3. In the search box type then between two " marks, paste your unique text.
  4. Search - and look at the top of the results to get the count.

Example for mine: "By UK_Writer in "

Does it matter if you type the http:// or the www part in front of in that? Usually/probably not - try it and see, different sites work differently. I tested all three variations and got the same result.

Works for Any Site: this method works for any site you've got articles on, this isn't PersonaPaper specific.

Now - what's the result? Are all your articles indexed? Probably not. At the time of writing I've got just 23 indexed by Google, from a total of 41 articles written to date.

My percentage of articles indexed is 23/41, or 56%. What this means is that the world can only ever hope to discover 56% of my articles!

I might write another post telling you how to get all your articles indexed, I'll see how that goes! It'snot important to get 100% of your articles indexed all of the time, but you might choose to ensure that your key articles, your most favourite, are indexed and remain indexed... but that's a whole new, big, post.

Being indexed by Google - and remaining indexed - is an important part of ongoing SEO maintenance because if you're not ever going to show up then no traffic will ever arrive! But remember, you also need for them to read great information once they've arrived, if all those visitors turn tail and leave immediately Google will decide you're not what people are looking for and will deindex your page!


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bestwriter wrote on February 15, 2015, 8:55 AM

I think mine appear. I just searched for my latest and I see this one on the first page: I have searched for mine in the past and they are all there,!!&rlz =1C1GIWA_enIN607IN607&oq =By+popular+demand+I+am+going+to+write+a+post+including+all+persona+emoticons+-+challenge+for+you+too!!&aqs =chrome..69i57&sourceid =chrome&es_sm =122&ie =UTF-8

maxeen wrote on February 15, 2015, 9:01 AM

Well that was certainly interesting but still leaves me wondering what is the end result unless one has their own site ,maybe you will tell me . I am not being sarcastic as I am quite naive on this issue..

UK_Writer wrote on February 15, 2015, 9:01 AM

Recent posts are most likely to be indexed fairly quickly - it's whether they are still there in a month, 3 months and a year that makes the difference between a good long-term residual income from search engine traffic or not.

UK_Writer wrote on February 15, 2015, 9:03 AM

OK, in simplistic terms: If you have an article on a website (including here) that remains continually indexed by Google, then you have the chance to continually receive traffic and views from appearing in the search results. If you are not indexed in Google then you cannot appear in the search results at all.

maxeen wrote on February 15, 2015, 9:11 AM

Thanks! I sort of am getting there , must do more reading on it but life takes over..

bestwriter wrote on February 15, 2015, 9:16 AM

They are there. I just searched for my own old posts here and then searched for them in Google Search and I found them there.

Feisty56 wrote on February 15, 2015, 9:56 AM

I appreciate this information as I am always forgetting how to do this -- or even to do it in the first place. Yikes -- I am not happy at all with the results I found as less than 25 percent of my posts here are indexed. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that you'll be kind enough to write a tutorial explaining how to get all of our posts indexed. (Pretty please) : )

UK_Writer wrote on February 15, 2015, 10:14 AM

Well, since you asked. But, until I do, I'll just enquire: do you use any social networking to share your posts, that'd be a help.

j2jworkz wrote on February 15, 2015, 12:07 PM

Longevity on Google can = residual income :), best case scenario

erikalui wrote on February 15, 2015, 12:25 PM

Thanks dear. I also found about 50% of my articles being indexed by Google.

UK_Writer wrote on February 15, 2015, 12:59 PM

Not being indexed means $0 from search engine traffic, so I'd rather they were indexed, than not. But, yes, there are other ways to produce magical traffic..

JeanC wrote on February 15, 2015, 1:14 PM

I've only about 30% indexed emoticon :sad: But it is a start emoticon :grin:

Koalemos wrote on February 15, 2015, 3:54 PM

I would expect all the articles to be indexed by Google, but they are unlikely to draw much traffic due to the immense competition.

Feisty56 wrote on February 15, 2015, 4:45 PM

I use Twitter and Pinterest the most, Google+ and Tsu infrequently. I look forward to your upcoming post.

PeterChase wrote on February 15, 2015, 5:15 PM

I did this for my 381 bubblews articles and got some interesting results. At first it listed 1,160 pages of results but would only show me 10 pages. The reason is stated: "Some results may have been removed under data protection law in Europe" I read this message and it seems that there are restrictions on how many results for a persons name are allowed to show. This doesn't mean that they are not all indexed.
Indexing is important and after taking the Yahoo internet writing course I learned that there are minimum requirements to be indexed by Google. The post must be of a certain minimum length (usually more than 350 words) and have legitimate content (mot just a list of keywords). This is why many micro blogging sites have trouble generating ad revenue. The micro blogs are too short and Google does not index them. So if you want to get indexed make sure your posts are at least 350 words long! That is just one tip. Keywords in the title are also important. At least one share also helps and if it is on Google+ your post will be high in the search rankings. When bubblews stopped paying for views this killed my earnings. I have to do some more research and write a post about this.

UK_Writer wrote on February 15, 2015, 7:36 PM

Google index an increasingly small number. They have to give most new content on the Internet a bit of a chance, then drop them if they're not performing in any way. Google couldn't index the whole Internet, they never could - it used to be too big, now it's ridiculously big.

UK_Writer wrote on February 15, 2015, 7:41 PM

Yes, you can get some spurious amounts, as you did. Yes, there are minimum criteria - and whole domains dropped in some cases to start with. Microblogging is rarely funded via any Google adverts due to the unpredictability of the page content. Hubpages uses the Google Adsense system and if you have an account there you protect it with your life as once banned that's it for life (with Adsense), so each writer's super careful what they write.
I'd struggle to write anything shorter than 350, I struggle to shut up most of the time.
I used Bubblews for a try-out, for it's fast cash potential - and it did pay out and fast, until all the rules started changing. I did bank over $2000 there though, so, while not worth it on a $/hour spent basis, it was certainly a well-needed cash injection I couldn't have got by other means in the same timeframe.

luisga814 wrote on February 15, 2015, 9:58 PM

With this article, i open the Google and tried to search my username and i am glad it appeared my profile page. Thanks PersonaPaper for that kind.

cheri wrote on February 16, 2015, 12:40 AM

I will certainly check on this. I am so interested to know

PeterChase wrote on February 16, 2015, 2:21 PM

I was too late to get the gravy at bubblews. I only got one redemption and then the poop hit the fan. I have been developing some book ideas and hope to make that my main income and just blog for promotion and post here for fun.

GemOfAGirl wrote on February 17, 2015, 11:06 AM

Only 4 of my 64 are indexed - OUCH!

I also did a general search for my username, and I found that there are other GemOfAGirls out there that are not me - on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Etsy, Myspace, and - here's an interesting one - on Perhaps I should have chosen a more unique username, LOL.

UK_Writer wrote on February 17, 2015, 11:08 AM

If it helps (probably not much), although I did receive $2000 from Bubblews, I also "lost" (aka was robbed of) about $350.

UK_Writer wrote on February 17, 2015, 11:08 AM

You're welcome

UK_Writer wrote on February 17, 2015, 11:09 AM

4/64 doesn't look good. Do you share socially? Worth looking into. It is annoying when your name's on social sites you'd like to use. I use a different name on every site, so now social sharing sites exist I wish I hadn't done that.

GemOfAGirl wrote on February 17, 2015, 3:18 PM

I rarely share socially, mainly because it gives me the freedom to write whatever I like without fear of ever offending anyone I care about. There's only a few people outside of PersonaPaper that even know that I'm here, and I'm planning on keeping it that way.

PeterChase wrote on February 18, 2015, 2:17 PM

I only received $50 and I was promised (robbed) about $175. I will have to write a post about micro blogging and why it is not profitable.

scheng1 wrote on February 20, 2015, 12:43 AM

My blog posts are not always indexed by Google. I am quite disappointed.

josechukkiri wrote on February 22, 2015, 1:00 PM

I usually check to see whether my article has indexed or not by Google Search Engine by copy/pasting the first sentence of the first paragraph of the article and see whether it is leading to the web link of the article. If the article is indexed by Google, it will definitely show the website link where the article is published. Is this method correct or not?

seren3 wrote on March 4, 2015, 3:37 PM

None of mine appear at all! Eek!

MelissaE wrote on April 6, 2015, 8:29 PM

That is so interesting. I've read that it's important to have links back to your articles