In this article, I’m going to share information which will help you to make your site visible to search engines in no time. A proper strategy will help you to put your website into search engines within 24 hours – and maybe only in a couple of hours!
Steps to Get Google to Index Your New Blog
- Go to the Google Webmaster Tools and log in to your Google account.
- Click “Add Site” or “Add a Property” button and in the field copy-paste your blog/site URL.
- Then click “Add” and it will show you a couple of options to validate your site.
- Now you have to pick a verification method. I recommend you to go with “Add a meta tag” option. It is the simplest one, in my opinion.
- After that, it will show you some html coding. Copy that entire code.
- Now, login to your blog and go to “Edit HTML”.
- In the HTML box, locate the tag and paste the code just below it.
- Then, go back to webmaster tools and click ” Verify “.
- Now you have to submit the sitemap. Click on “Add/ Test Sitemap”.
- Give there the URL of your sitemap and Click on “Submit Sitemap”.
you’re done. Now, Google crawlers know that your site is ready to get indexed. In order to check, search your blog on Google search engine after an hour or two.
Once your website or blog is indexed, you’ll start to see more traffic from Google search. Plus, getting your new content discovered will happen faster if you have set up sitemaps or have a RSS feed. The best way to ensure that your new content is discovered quickly is simply by sharing it on social media networks through status updates, especially on Google+.
Also remember that blog content is generally crawled and indexed much faster than regular pages on a static website, so consider having a blog that supports your website. For example, if you have a new product page, write a blog post about it and link to the product page in your blog post. This will help the product page get found much faster by the Googlebot!
- Social networking is also important as building quality backlinks.
Google+ is playing very important role in this. Try to get more Google +1 on your next blog post as much as you can.
Facebook: Use facebook and it will help you to drive more traffic as well as getting index on Google Fast
Twitter: Tweet your next blog post and try to mention other people in the tweet. They might also like to share.
When you publish a new blog post, site page, or website in general, there are many factors that determine how quickly it will be indexed by Google, but with so much written on the subject, it’s often hard to distinguish the credible from the unreliable.
“Crawling and indexing are processes which can take some time and which rely on many factors. In general, we cannot make predictions or guarantees about when or if your URLs will be crawled or indexed.
When looking at a site’s indexing in Search Console, make sure that you have both the “www” and the “non-www” versions (like “www.example.com” and “example.com”) verified and have a set a preferred domain. Keep in mind that while a sitemap file can help us learn about your site, it does not guarantee indexing or increase your site’s ranking.
We have several Help Center articles that explain these processes:
- Google Basics – explains how crawling, indexing and ranking works
- My site isn’t doing well in search – explains common questions and issues
- Google-friendly sites – provides some information about how to create a website so that it can easily be crawled and indexed
- Google’s Webmaster Guidelines – provide technical, content and quality guidelines for webmasters
- Adding a site to Google – for specific advice and additional tips
- Your site in Google’s index – gives some simple ways to check your site’s indexing
In general, the most common reason that a site is not indexed is because it’s just too new — be patient (and ask Google to crawl and index it)!. Here are the other common reasons why a website or parts of a website might not be indexed yet:
- A website might not be well connected through multiple links from other sites on the web.
- The design of the website might make crawling and indexing difficult. Maybe the site itself is even explicitly blocking crawling or indexing?
- Perhaps it was temporarily unavailable when we attempted to crawl? You might find crawl errors in Search Console in this case.
- Verify that the website complies with our Webmaster Guidelines and hasn’t been hacked or otherwise modified by a third party.
- In very rare cases, it might be that content previously hosted on a domain name is causing issues. In this case, you may wish to submit a reconsideration request detailing the change of content and ownership.
- If the website recently moved to a different address, make sure that you follow our guidelines for moving a site.
- It’s possible that a previous owner or someone else with access to the website requested removal through Search Console. You can cancel these requests by going to “Site configuration” / “Crawler access” / “Remove URLs” in your Search Console account.”
Another WordPress plugin that will create the XML Sitemap is called Yoast SEO.
Yoast SEO plugin is an essential WordPress plugin that I recommend installing immediately after setting up your blog.
Yoast SEO plugin automatically creates the XML Sitemap for your website and it does not stop there. Yoast SEO WordPress plugin offers several extremely powerful and necessary features to run a successful blog.
The following features are included with the Yoast SEO plugin:
(the following Yoast SEO features is taken from the Yoast SEO WordPress Plugin Directory)
- Write better content with Yoast SEO – Using the snippet preview you can see a rendering of what your post or page will look like in the search results, whether your title is too long or too short and your meta description makes sense in the context of a search result. This way the plugin will help you not only increase rankings but also increase the click through for organic search results.
- Page Analysis – The Yoast SEO plugins Page Analysis functionality checks simple things you’re bound to forget. It checks, for instance, if you have images in your post and whether they have an alt tag containing the focus keyword for that post. It also checks whether your posts are long enough, if you’ve written a meta description and if that meta description contains your focus keyword, if you’ve used any subheadings within your post, etc. etc.
- Technical WordPress Search Engine Optimization – While out of the box WordPress is pretty good for SEO, it needs some tweaks here and there. This Yoast SEO plugin guides you through some of the settings needed, for instance by reminding you to enable pretty permalinks. But it also goes beyond that, by automatically optimizing and inserting the meta tags and link elements that Google and other search engines like so much
- Meta & Link Elements – With the Yoast SEO plugin you can control which pages Google shows in its search results and which pages it doesn’t show. By default, it will tell search engines to index all of your pages, including category and tag archives, but only show the first pages in the search results. It’s not very useful for a user to end up on the third page of your “personal” category, right?
- XML Sitemaps – Yoast SEO plugin has the most advanced XML Sitemaps functionality in any WordPress plugin. Once you check the box, it automatically creates XML sitemaps and notifies Google & Bing of the sitemaps existence. These XML sitemaps include the images in your posts & pages too, so that your images may be found better in the search engines too.