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Why are there fewer searchable pages in SEO than the total pages I have on my site?

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By Siteimprove Support

This article is intended to explain why there are fewer searchable pages found by Siteimprove SEO than the total pages found by Siteimprove Quality Assurance.
After scanning your website, our crawler builds up an index of the pages on your website, which can been seen in the Quality Assurance Summary.

Total amount of pages (green circle) on your site in Quality Assurance
Total amount of pages when no group selected on your site in Quality Assurance.

Siteimprove SEO checks how many of the total pages in QA are tagged as not to be indexed by search engines. 

Pages that have a “rel=canonical” tag or a “noindex” tag in the HTML are expected not be shown in a search engine's search result.
These pages are called "non-searchable pages". Tagging pages with "rel=canonical" and "noindex" tags indicates the page should not be indexed by search engines or shown in search results.

Siteimprove does not perform any SEO checks on these pages.

A list of "non-searchable" pages can be found in the following way:

  1. Select SEO from the drop-down.
  2. Select Pages from the menu.
  3. Under the Searchable column in the Pages Dashboard, filter your results by selecting Not Searchable.


The total index of pages in Siteimprove minus the non-searchable pages are the pages that are left to be checked for SEO problems are called “searchable pages”.
Depending on how many "rel=canonical" and "noindex" tags you have set on your pages, you will typically find fewer searchable pages in SEO than the total pages in the Quality Assurance tool.

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