Organic traffic is the key to building any profitable blog. Therefore, it is important to get your site indexed to be able to run a successful business on the web. if Google doesn’t index your site, you will NOT get even a single visitor from search engines
On this blog, I’ll cover ways of getting your site indexed on Google. So if you are just starting as a new blogger or just looking for ways to get ranked on Google then this article is definitely for you.
However how great and on point your content may be, without indexing your newly launched site you won’t be able to get any traffic from it. Not indexing a site on Google is one of the biggest mistakes most new bloggers make.
I know that getting your site indexed as a beginner might be a bit tricky. So let’s make it simpler and discuss how you can get Google to index your site really quickly.
Below are simple steps that you can follow to be able to get your site indexed?
Submit your site to Google
Before anything else, you must have your site submitted to Google search console (GSC) for it to be indexed.
Here’s a simple step by step tutorial on how to submit your site to Google so it starts getting indexed in Google search results.
1: Google Search Console. Once you click on the link, you’ll be asked to select a property type.
You’ll find two options. One is to enter a domain name or URL prefix.
For domain type, DNS (Domain Name Service) verification is required whereas, for URL prefix, you can find multiple verification methods. Below I’ve given a list of the verification methods.
- By using your Google Analytics account
- Using your Google tag manager
- adding a meta tag to your site’s home page
You can also submit your site to Google using the method below.
Once you have an account with Google search console, log into it and you’ll see a search console page where you can add a new site by clicking on “Add a property”.
Click ‘Add a property’ under the search drop-down
Verify your domain ownership by using the above-recommended Methods
Make sure to enter the specific post or page URL that you want for URL inspection.
Create an XML sitemap and submit to Google
An XML sitemap contains a list of all the website’s URLs such as blog posts and pages. Every website should have an XML sitemap because it maps out how the website is structured and what the website includes.
Search engine crawlers can easily find your site contents if you’ve got an XML sitemap because a sitemap makes it easy for the crawlers to see what’s on your website and easily index it.
Here are the 2 most important things you need to do (after creating a website or blog).
- Create an XML sitemap for your site
- Submit your site’s XML sitemap to Google
Let’s talk about each one of them so you can understand better.
- Create your site’s XML sitemap
There are plenty of ways to create an XML sitemap for your site including XML Sitemap Generator etc but for WordPress users, it’s pretty easy.
There’s an incredible plugin you can use to easily create an XML sitemap.
The plugin is called “Google XML Sitemaps”. It’s completely free to use. It supports all kinds of WordPress generated pages as well as custom URLs and creates XML sitemaps to help search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and
- Submit your XML sitemap to Google
To submit your XML sitemap to Google, you need to visit Google Search Console, select your website and click on the “Sitemaps” option which looks like this;
Add your Sitemap URL and click on the submit button. Google will then crawl your sitemap and start crawling and indexing all the links listed in the submitted sitemap file.
Build quality backlinks to your site
Backlinks play a very big role in the ranking of a new website. The more high quality and relevant links your site has, the better it is for you to get faster rankings in search results.
Below is a list of ways to build backlinks to your site:
Write high-quality guest posts
FAQs about Indexing a Website on Google
Below are some frequently asked questions by most beginners when they wish to get their sites indexed?
What is the importance of indexing your site on Google?
Indexing your website or blog on Google has the following benefits.
- Make it easy for others to quickly find your site and content.
- Build more traffic organically.
- Get more conversions.
- You can increase your sales.
How long does it take for your site to get indexed on Google?
It takes around 24 hours for your site to get indexed. Though more content you have on your website, the more time it usually takes to get indexed on Google.
Which plugins and tools can help get your site indexed?
Below are tools that prove useful when it comes to getting your site indexed on Google.
- Google search console (to fetch and crawl as Google for faster indexing)
- XML sitemap (this comes in handy when you wish to create an XML sitemap)