The Difference Between Indexed and Ranked

Last Update: April 16, 2018

It seems there may be a little confusion over the terms Indexed and Ranked.

If a page/post is indexed then it is showing up in the SERPs (Search Engine Results Pages), and the search engines knows that it exists.

If a page/post is ranked, it means that your page/post is listed(Ranked) for a particulr keyword contained with your content.

If an article is indexed doesn't mean to say that it is going to immediatly ranked.

Hope this clears up any confusion.

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Defiant6 Premium
I'm glad you cleared that up for members here. I knew that indexed only meant that the search engines know that it actually exists, but that doesn't always mean it will rank right away. Thanks for sharing.
WayneTowns Premium
If it is indexed it could be on page 1,000. If it is ranked, it is near the top. That's the way I understand. Let me know if I am wrong? THX Wayne
Gordon-D Premium
That's basically right Wayne, Google shows the ranked sites in the SERP's those not ranked are in the also-rans.
CDeMoss1 Premium
HI Gorden, it is pretty confusing, thank you for the help on it.
benzburg Premium
Indeed, some misconception on this. Thanks!
Foxhenley Premium
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