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Tips to get Google to index your website quickly

| February 13, 2013 More



Now that you are finally satisfied with the website theme and that all the widgets and plugins are in place, it’s time to introduce your website to the world. If you do not have any such experience prior to this, then allow me to assure you that it’s not something that will happen overnight. At least not unless you do something about it.

With so many websites (new and existing) screaming “Find Me”, how do you stand out from them when it comes to getting search engines like Google to notice your website? Fortunately, there are some things that you can do to quicken Googlebot’s crawl.

What’s Googlebot?

Googlebot is just a fancy name for Google’s automated program (aka spider) whose main job is to discover and fetch (crawl to) new and updated pages from websites. Once they have done so, the page will be indexed for searches by Google’s users. Sounds easy enough? Well, it’s slightly more complicated than that… but let’s leave the details for a later day.

What you need to know is that Google does not always index all the pages they crawl to and often, it takes awhile before a website is indexed. This then brings us to the question of how to escalate the indexing of your website.

Can That Be Done? How?

Yes, it is possible to get Google to index your website quickly. Here are some effective ways which you may want to give it a try.

Tip #1: Submit URLs to Google with Fetch as Googlebot

Google has a cool feature that allow you to submit new and updated URLs to Google for indexing. According to Google, your new site or page would usually be crawled to within 24 hours, should you use this method.

How it works?

Step 1:
Signup for a Webmaster Tools account and get it to add and verify your website.

Step 2:
Click on “Fetch as Googlebot” and request Googlebot to fetch your site.

Step 3:
If Googlebot is able to fetch your site, then you can proceed to Submit to Google Index.

Note that Google does not guarantee that your URL would definitely be indexed though. Should your site falls into this minority group, there are always other methods, which we will discuss shortly.

Tip #2: Create Sitemap

A sitemap is an XML file which lists down all the pages of your website. Kind of like a contents page if you will. It is viewed as fairly important because it informs Google about the changes you made to your website. This is especially so if you were to make frequent changes eg adding new products and posting new articles daily.

Creating a sitemap is easy peasy these days with sitemap plugins. One such plugin is the Google XML Sitemaps. Downloaded over 8 million times, this popular plugin helps generates and updates an XML sitemap of your website automatically.

Tip #3: Take Advantage of Social Media

With social media being the craze these days, you should jump onto the social media bandwagon too. Open a new account or update your existing account with links to your website. Create a presence on Facebook and Twitter, share your contents on Google+, pin images of some of your posts onto your Pinterest account, upload an introductory video to YouTube and so on.

Remember to link to your website. The more links you have, the more awareness you generate and the faster Google (and other search engines) crawl to your website!

Tip #4: Blog Submissions

Try submitting your feed to blog directories like Technorati. It will expose your blog to a wider audience. But of course, you need to keep those articles coming on your blog!

You can also submit your blog to blog communities like Blog Catalog. Not only will you find other web owners who share your thoughts and ideas but you also get a traffic boost from the community. Just remember to tag your blog with all relevant tags.


So there you go, a simple and hopefully informative insight on how to jump start your Google indexing. Perhaps you have a new blog that you wanted to appear on Google’s search results page faster. Or maybe you had just clean up the mess resulted from a malware attack which left your website removed from Google’s index and now wished to have your website re-indexed. Whatever reasons it is, I do hope that the above tips are of great help. Do share your thoughts.


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  1. Great informative post shared which will help the new webmasters!!!
    Indexing your website or blog is important to gain more exposure and using social media is the best way to gain more traffic..
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  2. narasareddy says:

    your article very useful for me and the aboue points are best seo tips.

  3. Thanks for sharing this information. Indexing the website is every bloggers concern once they post the article. So now by following your steps it would be easy for us to get our website indexed by Google in fast and easy way.
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  4. phil hughes says:

    Thanks for some of the worthy tips as google panda and penguin effecting the website this is the step by step guidelines for successful seo campaign
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  5. what a fantastic article to increase traffic.your are doing best jobs to help other site to gain page rank
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  6. Vivek Bhatt says:

    I agree with you completely. I have tried and its the best option. I keep on experiment with my blog.. see how does it look now :P like it!! thank you.
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  7. Shantanu says:

    Hi,

    Nice post , i am newbee and new pages in my blog taking almost 7 days to get index, thanks for your idea, i think less social media presence could be the reason . I will try to increase my blogs social media presence and lets see what happens

    Regards
    Shan
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  8. Jitesh says:

    thanx for sharing these ideas. i will absolutely use them….
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  9. Jitesh says:

    thanx for sharing…. i will use them in my blog…
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  10. Exactly well written post all the points very important as of considering a website , other that this one can also submit the site URL in various search engines.

  11. Once again thanks for the information.It is very helpful to get index page in google
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  12. John says:

    @ Writer, don’t you think you should have added ….. “Get 2/3 related incoming links” ?
    Couple of links will not harm but hasten to get the site indexed that much quickly although nowadays link building is a passe.

  13. Nice info for webmasters. You gave a great idea to call Google crawler on our site.

  14. Really nice tips. My site page was not being indexed by Google for a lot of time, but after submitting my page in webmaster it was cached within 2-3 days

  15. Nice Article! This is a very informational article. Thank you for this fantastic tips you have posted. I definitely appreciate it. And I’ve learned a lot from this post. I’ll surely take note of all of this. I’m also hoping for more updates from you.

  16. Its was a great pleasure of reading this awesome article. Thank you for posting this extra ordinary information.

  17. annabelt says:

    I’m not sure I want them to index it quickly! I’m still trying to get into good habits with writing regularly and there’s always more to do on the website :) But these tips look very useful and I’ve bookmarked them for later – thanks

  18. anime vostfr says:

    Exactly well written post all the points very important as of considering a website , other that this one can also submit the site URL in various search engines.

  19. Syed Ali
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    Geat lovely post. Please write an article on how to incrrease page rank

  20. chitra says:

    Thanks for the post. It a very informative post for seo begginers

  21. Thanks for the worthy tips really helpful and should be used by every fresher o experienced techie
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  23. Harry Stein says:

    The tips given are fairly basic, already known to all. But worth to help you forget. Just that. No news on the information.

  24. Hiren Shinde says:

    Thanks a tonne for tips friend….will be implemented on my site soon and will be very much helpful too… Thanks again.. :)

  25. Syed Ali
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    Great post,loved it. keep it up bro.now i understand google bot and how to use it
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  26. Bill Westbrook says:

    Google does a really good job in finding new sites and indexing them quickly, but a little help doesn’t hurt.

  27. Mark
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    Thank you for your step-by-step instructions. I will take advantages of them and use them.
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  28. Parigyan Tamuly
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    I would try to follow all tips by you . I use mainly facebook for sharing my posts

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