The first thing you will think about after making your new website is to how to reach people to let them know about it?
Well, the simple answer is to make search engines like Google to crawl your website so they can show your website in SERPs (Search Engine Results Pages).
Organic traffic combined still makes more than 66% of all web traffic.
- Search Engines 66%
- Websites 34%
So what you need to do is to submit your site to Google. Google in turn will visit your website (crawling) and make a note of all of your web pages (indexing) to show it to the world.
What are Google bots, crawling, indexing?
Google bots or Google spiders are basically software programs and their job is to find new websites all over the internet and submit them to add to Google database.
It is the process of finding new web pages by Google bots. These bots use special algorithms to discover new pages to be added to Google database. Crawling process usually starts with the URL links found on a website and digging deeper.
How often does Google crawl web pages depends upon a number of factors including activity on your blog, how often you post content and quality of content.
Search engines Indexing is the process of scanning the crawled data further to check what is this page about? The key factors they look for is placement of keywords, title tags and ALT attributes. The information is then added to database also called as Google Index to serve to the world.
There are already thousands of new websites appear on horizon daily waiting for the dear Google to get noticed and it could take a while for a new website to show up on Google. The faster the crawling and indexing process, brighter the chances to get sweet organic traffic but sometimes it takes straight more than a week or even 10-15 days for Google to send Google bots to your site.
So how to take an edge on all of these blogs and websites and let Google crawl your site faster? This is what we are going to discuss in this article packed with actionable content and we bet your website will be on Google in just 1 day.
We are confident enough because we applied the same steps on learningcms.com and see top-notch results on the same day. We also see a real boost in our crawl stats report in Google Search Console (more on this later) and Google started crawling us on regular basis.
Let’s fire up the process.
Is my website on Google?
Yes instead of making guesses, you need a clear picture whether your blog or website is already on Google or not? and fortunately we have a way to check using site directive.
- Type site:yourwebsite.com in Google search (no space after colon)
You will see the number of pages already indexed for your website which means your website is already indexed.
If you see fewer pages than the pages on your website than it means Google crawling process is slow for your website and you need to pump this up using the techniques below so that the margin could be decreased.
Write 3 to 5 really awesome posts
Yes! no one likes to visit an empty house and so does Google. If you are just starting your website or blog, write at least 3 to 5 detailed and long articles relevant to your blog niche. Try to write actionable content which solves a problem as such articles become popular soon.
These articles help you boost activity on your blog and hence Google thinks it as a hot cake to crawl and index.
We adopted the same strategy and you know what, Google indexed a bunch of more articles which were less popular and had have almost no activity. We considered that a bonus from Google 🙂 see how to write your first blog post to get a detailed insight into the topic.
WordPress settings to allow search engines
Once you are done and ready to submit your WordPress site to Google, double check you don’t have set a noindex tag globally for your blog. We have seen a lot of blogs complaining about search engines not crawling their websites with this checkbox ON.
From your dashboard, go to Settings > Readings. Disable Discourage search engines from indexing this site if it is enabled.
A sitemap is an easy doorway for search engines to crawl your blog. It is basically a URL list of all of your blog posts in one place. Creating an XML sitemap for your blog will greatly enhance your chances to put you on Google as soon as possible.
In short adding an XML sitemap will simply put Google crawling on steroids, see our detailed article how to create an XML sitemap for your blog.
robots.txt file is a way to direct search engine bots what to crawl on your website and what to leave. Although the file is optional but can greatly reduce Google crawling time as the first file Google bots will look for will be this file. Adding sitemap path to robots.txt will let Google bots find it easily.
Submit website to Google Search Console
That’s the most important step you really can’t live without. Google Search console, previously known as webmaster tools is a service introduced by Google to check your website performance in Google search results. The tool is packed with actionable reports, tips-n-tricks to appear in Google faster and other engaging data related to your website.
- Make an account on Search Console preferably with your gmail or Google account.
- Let Google know about your website or blog by adding property.
For more details See our Google Search Console step-by-step tutorial which will make you run this tool like a pro in no time.
Submit website to ping services
Using ping services can be helpful to spread the word. These services update search engines about the current status of your website or blog. Use ping-o-matic as a start.
Submit posts to bookmarking sites
Social bookmarking websites have a great potential to boost activity on your website which is required to let Google visits your site as soon as possible. StumbleUpon and Reddit are a good start to submit your posts.
StumbleUpon welcomes your content generously but Reddit is a hard nut to crack in terms of driving traffic to your website. But you will be definitely get succeeded in getting fewer clicks which will be enough to signal Google about your web presence.
Submit website to online directories and forums
Online directories and forums are places which search engines always give quick visits. Its a good idea to find top-notch forums with high traffic related to your niche and tell them about your new baby website in a non-spammy manner.
For example if your website is about dog services, you can type in Google search exactly:
- dog services + directory
- dog services + forum
The above search spits out all popular directories and forums related to dog services. Just picking 2 to 3 will be enough at the moment.
Lastly create buzz at least in your own social circles specially Google+ to boost activity on your blog which may signal Google to index your blog fast. It’s all about driving people to your website even for a short period of time.
Submit site pages to Google
You can also force Google to crawl a page by manually submitting it directly from search.
- Type submit page to Google in search box. Enter the page URL you want to be indexed and click Submit.
We hope the steps mentioned above will really help you out in speeding up Google crawling and indexing your website. Share your thoughts with us using the comments section below.