Published pages not getting indexed on Google

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I hope this is not too much of a sitebuilder 101 question but here goes:

I have over 200 published pages on my website and I have been doing a lot of behind the scenes work and find that the pages Google is picking up in search with ease are the pages that are linked to my navigation menu, and a spattering of pages that are published but not linked to my navigation menu's.  Is there any way to assure indexing of pages properly titled and SEO'd but not in the navigaition menu to get found by Google?  Am I missing something?  Is this where a physical paged index map would help?  Google lists me as having 112 published, indexed pages.
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A site map would probably help. Which site are you working on, just to make sure I look at the right one? Do the pages that do not appear on the menu have links from other pages? Google bots follow links from page to page, so navigation does help this.
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Thank you Drew, It is my Juniper Hill Antiques site, some of my inner linked pages are getting picked up but not many even though they are published and linked to other pages.  The problem with my "inner pages" is that the furniture gets sold off and changes often, so I think Google picking them up is difficult and I have to work on the SEO on each page more carefully.  I am making a new navigation menu and relevant pages to with it to direct them to my main selling page.  It has already helped in the search engines, I am being picked up for my search terms more easily, but still lots to do!  We were always on first page Google search for years but obviously algorithms changed and Google has changed, I'm still working that out.  It is not as easy as it was a few years ago!  
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That is true it is not so easy anymore. The site map may do some good, but I am seeing 172 pages on the site and I see 154 pages indexed. When you update, do you change the page name?
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Cool, thanks!  Yes, I am changing page names and trying to index relevant pages.  Last time I checked google had 112 indexed pages so I am making progress.  Thanks for your help!   I am currently working hard and diligently on SEO which is paying off. 
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If you can make the page names a little more generic and keep the same page names and simply update the content, then once Google has them indexed they will be there. Once indexed they can get crawled more often. New pages have to be discovered and without a link from an indexed page that can take some extra time, so having a secondary nav menu or links from an indexed page it would be faster.
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got it!  Thanks!

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