As a starter up in internet marketing, chances are you would definitely want to build your own website. An obvious follow up would be to have your website indexed on Google. Just like you when I just started out I wanted to know how to get indexed on Google Search. I’ve managed to find a few ways which might help to get your website indexed faster.
Knowing your Google Search Terms
- Spiders – No, not the insect. Spiders are what’s used to come to your website and learn more about what content you put up. When a spider sees a link the spider will follow that link, going to the new page. So, a spider will generally go to every single link to find out more about what your website is about. The spider will research everything, from image alternate texts to your content. This is how the spider determines if you should be indexed and under what keywords.
- GoogleBot – This is Google’s very own spider. GoogleBot will crawl the web starting with websites that it has previously crawled. It also crawls based on sitemaps which is why submitting your sitemap to Google can help your website to get indexed faster.
- Crawling – You’ve probably come across this term alot and to some extent the spider term on top explained this. This is the term used to describe spiders going around your website, following all the links to every page.
- Index – An index is how Google stores all the websites, pages or posts that GoogleBot comes across. When you do a Google search what your searched will be checked against this index to return you relevant results.
Getting Indexed on Google
Submit your URL to Google Webmaster Tools ( Google Search Console )
When you go to your Search Console page, on the menu on the left, select Fetch as Google under Crawl.Now you type in your URL of the individual page or post that you want to index and click fetch or fetch and render. The link will now show up on the table below and a status of complete, partial or redirected would be ok. As you can see partial rendering means you have sort of problem that Google can’t load. In my case below one of the images didn’t load and it only showed the alternate text.
This is when rendering could be completed. The image now loads correctly. Basically if it is partially rendered you can tell what the problem is by clicking on the “Partial” under status. This shows you how Google and a visitors see your page. It should be fairly easy to find the problem using this. If you get a redirect however, it means the URL you typed and asked Google to fetch redirected to another page. You might want to check your URL or check if you removed or changed the URL to one of your posts.
You can now click the request indexing button to “ask” Google to index your page or post for you.
Submit your XML sitemap to Google
Your sitemap is sort of like a map of your entire website which could have Google crawl your website. This makes it easier for Google to find your posts and pages which ultimately means getting indexed faster. There are a few ways to generate your sitemap. If you’re a member of Wealthy Affiliate and you have the All in One SEO plugin installed, you just have to go to feature manager under All in One SEO from your admin panel and find XML Sitemaps, then click activate. You should now see XML Sitemap under your All in One SEO, click that and update your sitemap. This will create a sitemap.xml for your website and you just have to type this into Google Search Console. You should test then submit.
Share your website on social media
This might seem obvious, but how it works is that popular sites like reddit or twitter get crawled really often because they always have content updating really fast. Google knows this so Google crawls these sites more frequently. When you share your website here, the Google spiders come crawling and they will see your link, and therefore crawl to your website. A word of caution here, while it is true that if you post the link to your website it will help to get it discovered faster by Google, but Google’s algorithm is really smart and will know if you’re just spamming links. Doing something like this may actually hurt your website in terms of rankings as well.
We’ve done Google Search Console, now it’s time for Google Analytics. This time there is no submission or index request involved. All you have to do is link your Google Analytics to your website. This can help you in the long run for analysing your traffic and such. In the case of getting indexed, having Google Analytics can help tell Google that your website is here.
Keep writing content
All the above ways are fine and can help you, but to be honest even if you don’t do them you will get indexed eventually. Having good content and informative content should be your priority. Your content is what visitors read after all and as I said Google’s algorithm is really smart, they will know how to differentiate between good and bad content. So even if you do perform the steps above, without good content your website won’t get indexed anyway. The point of Google doing all this, with the GoogleBots and crawling is to ultimately find the content most relevant to what a user is searching for. So even if you spam keywords or spam links and what not (read more about bad SEO practices), if Google thinks that your content doesn’t provide anything useful they won’t show your page to other users. Remember to keep focusing on writing good content, do not focus on the search engine. I promise you your success will come later.
I hope you found this post useful and if you have any questions or feedbacks, or even if you disagree with what I say please leave a comment. I would greatly appreciate it.