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.
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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
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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.
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CDeMoss1 Premium
HI Gorden, it is pretty confusing, thank you for the help on it.
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benzburg Premium
Indeed, some misconception on this. Thanks!
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Foxhenley Premium
I love these informative posts! They are an important part of the teaching structure here, I think! I like that!
Thank you very much for teaching me!
Janice
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