One of the hardest things you will find when you create a fresh website is getting people to visit your website through search engines. But before we even start thinking about getting people to our website, we first have to let the search engines know that our website exists. So how do you go about letting the search engines know about your new website? You do this by getting the search engines to index your website.
I’ll tell you how to do that in a while but first I want you to watch this video which explains how Google indexes web pages.Before I tell you how to go about getting your website indexed, I want to make it clear that this does not mean getting your website ranked on the 1st page of search engines. No — Indexing is just letting the search engines know that your website exists. What position you get on the search result listing depends on the quality content your website provides.
Alright, let’s get started.
Now before we even index our website there are some guidelines to follow to ensure your website gets indexed properly. Now Google being the major search engine, — It only makes sense that we have a look at their guidelines.
According to Google’s Design and Content Guidelines your website needs to have a clear hierarchy and text links, is useful and information rich,
needs to have alt attributes and title elements that are descriptive and accurate, has links available on a given page to a reasonable number.
If your website meets all those requirements then you are on your way to getting your website indexed properly.
Create a sitemap
The first thing you want to do is to make sure that your website has a sitemap document. This document contains all pages to your website and lets search engines know when new contents are added.
Websites built on WordPress can easily generate this document by setting up Rank Math Seo plugin or Yoast or All In One SEO plugin or Google XML Sitemaps plugin. These plugins will also submit your sitemap to the search engines. This is why I like using WordPress.
If your website is not created under WordPress, there are always online tools like xml-sitemaps.com to help generate your sitemap.
Submit Sitemap in Webmaster Tools
The next thing is to create webmaster tools accounts under Google and Bing. After you have created your accounts you want to go in, add your website and then submit your sitemap.
I ‘ll show you how to do it using Google Webmaster Tools, Bing essentially has the same process. To submit a sitemap using Google Webmaster tools:
- Login to your account https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/
- Add your website.
You will be asked to verify ownership of the website, so follow the instructions provided. After adding your website click on your website link and click on sitemaps button.
Then click on the ADD/TEST SITEMAP button, and enter your sitemap url, if it’s in the root directory just enter the name of your sitemap, usually sitemap.xml.
Create inbound quality links
The video tells us that Google’s programme or so-called spiders follow links. So the first thing you want to do is to include your link into an authoritative site. One way of doing this is by updating your social profiles like Google Plus, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and so on.
You can also start reading up blogs that are relevant to your website and starting putting in quality comments. When adding comments most blogs have an area to enter your website url.
And there you have it, it shouldn’t take long to get your website indexed. To check if search engines know about your website just put this in the search engine “site:yourwebsitename”, if your website content shows up …congratulations your website has been indexed