Re-Indexing the Blog
While I was doing some housekeeping this week, I logged into Google Webmasters Tools and got curious about my site indexing. After a bit of digging, I learned that my sitemap was all borked up.
I was using the Yoast SEO plugin to generate my sitemap, and I guess the large number of posts I have made one of the files tank (for the record, I’ve got about 9,000+ posts thereabouts).
I ended up using/installing Google XML Sitemaps instead, and that seemed to do the trick. It generates way more XML files, which seemed to get around the whole “large number of posts” issue.
On submitting the new sitemap to Google, I saw that it just kind of sat there. At first, I was nervous in that it only showed 250 pages indexed, out of the 9,000+ I submitted. But ever so slowly, over the past few days, I’ve seen that number climb – bit by bit.
At the time of me writing this, we’re at 6,710 pages indexed. It’s better than the original 250 I had, and hopefully we’ll get close to the full number.
My blog isn’t all that popular, but I do have a decent footprint given all the posts I’ve done, over the years. I’ll be curious to see if this new re-indexing does anything to improve the click rates on the ads I have.
Oh and I just remembered! With a few more days until the close of 2016, I’ll be going over the year to pick my Ten Best Days.
Nearly 2017 already. Where does the time go?