It is the goal of everyone who owns and runs a website. To get Google to index your website so that it shows up in the search engine results. Today we are going to share with you some tips to help you to do just that.
How the search engine works
First things first, how does the Google search engine work? Well, Google sends out robots to crawl websites and the content. It then indexes websites and stores them and when someone searches it shows what it thinks are relevant websites.
It does this by picking up what the content is about through the keywords on the website. For instance, someone might search for a plumber in Sheffield. If you are a plumber with a business in Sheffield and have used the keywords “plumber in Sheffield” there is a good chance your website and information might be shown in the search. That is if your website has been indexed in the search engine.
How to get Google to index your website
Google has to be able to find your website and the content on it so that it can index it, learn about it and show it in search engine results. Thankfully there are things that you can do to help Google index your website.
Check settings in WordPress
The first thing you can do if you run your website on the WordPress platform is to check the settings in regards to search engine visibility.
This can be done as easy as heading over to the settings page and making sure that the checkbox isn’t ticked to discourage search engines from indexing your website.
Tell Google about your website
You can tell Google about your website and an easy way to do that is to sign up to the Google Search Console.
If you have the AIOSEO plugin, and you should do, you can go to the General settings in the plugin and verify your site with Google Search Console using the HTML verification tag.
Once your website is verified with Search Console Google will begin to index it.
Of course, this isn’t going to happen overnight. It is going to take some time for Google to index your site. However, there are some things you can do to help speed up that process.
Make an XML sitemap and upload it to the Search Console
To get Google to index your website faster you can take advantage of the XML sitemap and upload it to the Search Console.
A sitemap is a valuable tool as it helps Google to navigate your website content. It also helps to tell the search engine about links on your site and how frequently your website is updated.
You can get a sitemap using AIOSEO then head over to your Google Search Console and add the sitemap by going to the sitemap area and typing in “sitemap.xml” and submit it.
Index your website with help from the Robots.txt file
One of the powerful SEO tools you have is the Robots.txt file. This is a guide for robots and crawlers to check your site. The Robots.txt file provides search engines with permission to crawl your website. It is also where you can tell Google pages you don’t want it to index.
Check noindex tags in Search Console
There might be a time when you don’t want a page to appear in the search results and these can be excluded.
However, there may be pages that have noindex tags and these won’t be indexed but you want them to be indexed. You can check this in Google Search Console by looking at the Coverage section for pages that are excluded by noindex.
This could have come around if there is a tick in the “discourage search engines” box, so make sure there isn’t.
If it isn’t you should find out if URLs are set to nofollow. To do this you can check the HTML code in WordPress editor and search for rel=”nofollow” and remove it.
Make use of internal links
One way you can help Google to index your website is to create internal links in your content. When search engines crawl your site they will pick up on the links, follow them and know that the content is related.
Therefore, make sure that you create links on the most important pages on your website. Links also help visitors to find important and related content.
Check to see if Google has indexed your website
So, now you know the tips to get Google to index your website you need to find out if the search engine has indexed it.
You can do this easily by using the Google Search Console. Head to the URL Inspection section and type in your website address and if it is indexed it will tell you it is on Google. If not you can click on “request indexing”
Check on Google
You can also use the Google search page yourself to find out if your site is indexed.
All you have to do is type in “site:yoursitename.com (or co. uk) and you will see how many results have been indexed.
All of the above are easy ways to get Google to index your website. You can use the above tips and tricks to give the search giant a push in the right direction to speed up indexing. Of course, to get your website ranked high in search engines does require optimising your website or blog through SEO. We can help with that, along with writing compelling and high-quality content for your website with those all-important keywords.