Checking URL presence on Google, Bing, Yahoo! and YandexPublished on December 17, 2017by Botster
Why is it important to ensure that your documents are appropriately indexed by search engines? How to check URL status online and to catch the links that aren't searchable? Let's say you have a list of a site's URLs and you need to make sure all of them were indexed by Google (or Bing, Yahoo! or maybe even Yandex). How would you do that? Of course, depending on the circumstances, there are several options.
Manual URL checking: simple use-case (1-10 URLs)
Say, your URL list is relatively small. One or maybe up to ten links. Not a big deal, you can do your checks manually! Go on Google and enter
You can immediately check if URL is indexed in Google and is searchable by your users. In this case, we're good.
Automatic URL index checking: advanced use-case (LOTS of URLs!)
The moment you need to check 100 or 1000 URLs this immediately becomes a non-trivial task, especially because an URL will be indexed only if certain conditions are met. Checking hundreds (or even a couple of dozens) of URLs manually is a real pain in the ass, and using free scripts can only get you so far because they get banned really quickly. That's exactly the pain I experienced a while ago, doing an SEO report for one of my clients. This made me look for a better solution and I ended up writing a small bulk URL checker tool myself.
Botster to the rescue!
The bot is called the Google Index Checker and does exactly what you'd expect from it - it checks a list of URLs you feed to it against a list of search engines:
Using this website URL checker is as easy as ABC! Here is what you need to do:
1. Sign up on Botster.
2. Go to the bot's start page.
To open this page, click on the green button on your right.
3. Name your job.
I'm going to check the indexation of an Australian website called CodeCamp, so I've named my job "CodeCamp Indexation".4. Paste your URLs into a special field.
You can submit up to 5,000 URLs and repeat that as many times as you wish:
(Wondering where I found a list of all the URLs contained on CodeCamp? Read this blog post till the end and you'll get the answer!)
You need to keep in mind that
are two different URLs!
5. Select notifications.
Specify if you would like the URL status checker to notify you once the job is done. You can also opt for attaching a .csv file with the results to your email.
6. Start the bot!
Click on the green "Start this bot" button on your right.
I’ve also prepared a comprehensive video tutorial on how to perform the URL check online using this bot. You can watch it here:
Studying the web URL check results
After you've launched the script you need to give the API a bit of time. After the URL index checker has successfully completed its job, you will be able to view the end result:
Translating this table is dead simple:
- true means that the exact URL was found in the index.
- false means that the exact URL was not found in the index.
As you can see from this example, my URLs aren't indexed by Yandex. CodeCamp is an Australian website, while Yandex is a Russian search engine. The reason for CodeCamp pages not being indexed by Yandex may be that Australian SEO specialists hardly ever optimize their websites for Russian search engines.
URL indexing tool: pricing
Since I am using a paid API for these lookups, I had to put a price tag on each request. Fortunately, one URL call will only cost you as low as $0.004, which is extremely low. Would you rather google URL index of 100 URLs manually or pay ¢40 to automate that? 🤔 To me, that's not even a question!
Try the bulk URL indexer!
I encourage you to turn indexation checks into a habit and do it regularly, especially when creating SEO audits. Incorrect indexation shows a lot of problems that you can tackle right away. Learn more about the importance of checking URL presence here!
And one more important note: If you are asking yourself “how to find all URLs of a website fast”, Botster has a ready-made decision for you, too. In the above paragraphs I promised you to reveal where I found a list of all the URLs contained on CodeCamp. Extracting all the links of CodeCamp as well as those of any other website comes easy with the smart Sitemap URL Parser by Botster:
Here is a short guide on how you can download sitemap XML in no time:
Sitemap URL Parser
1. Open the Sitemap URL Parser’s start page.
2. Give your job a title.
In my case, it will be “CodeCamp URLs”.
3. Paste the URL leading to the XML sitemap file.
I pasted https://www.codecamp.com.au/sitemap.xml.
4. Select notifications.
Specify if you would like the sitemap extractor to send you a notification once the job is done and if you would like to have a .csv file attached to your email.
5. Launch the bot.
Click on the green button on your right.
If you are more into video watching than reading manuals, here is my video guide for the Sitemap URL Parser:
As a result, I’ve received as many as 118 URLs ready for pasting into a special field in the URL indexation checker! So I did, and now let’s take a look at what I’ve got as a result:
These are exactly the links that I pasted to the Google Index Checker, as described above. Having two bots doing the routine job instead of you is nice, isn’t it?