Are you questioning, “How do I index my site on Google?”
More importantly, how do people discover what your blog or website has to offer?
When your audience searches for keywords related to your business, you want them to be able to find your site easily. That’s why it’s important to index your site with Google.
First, What Does It Mean To ‘Index My Site On Google’?
Google is the most popular search engine, handling over 3.5 billion searches per day.
In simple terms, indexing your site with Google means adding your website to Google’s search engine so people can find it when they search for keywords related to your business.
► To learn how to do keyword research on Google, click here.
That’s why it’s crucial to make sure your site is indexed correctly with Google.
Now, let’s show you how to index your site quickly.
Add Your Website To Google Search Console
One way to index your site on Google is to add your website to Google Search Console.
Google Search Console is a free service that helps you monitor and maintain your website’s shiny presence in Google Search results. You can monitor your website’s traffic, performance, and fix issues.
It provides you the data you need to make sure your website stands out in search results.
Here is how you do it.
Step 1. Add your website to Google Search Console.
To go to Google Search Console, click here and then click ‘Start now’.
Step 2. Notify Google you have a new website by clicking ‘Add property’.
To do this, go to the left-hand menu at the top and click ‘Add property‘. The menu is located under ‘Google Search Console‘.
Step. 3. Add your website.
You will see two options to add your new site.
- Domain (requires DNS verification also known as Domain Name System)
- URL prefix (allows multiple verification methods)
Because ‘URL prefix’ allows multiple verification methods, let’s keep it simple and choose this option to add your new site. Enter your URL and click ‘continue’.
If you prefer to add your site using the Domain option, click here.
Step 4. Verify ownership.
There are several ways to do this…
Verifying site ownership is needed to let Google know you are the site owner and to prevent others from seeing your private search data.
Add HTML tag.
Add a <meta> tag to the <HEAD> section of a specific page’s HTML code.
Upload HTML tag.
Upload a special HTML file to a specific location on your website.
Google Analytics tracking code.
Verify by using the GA tracking code used in your Search Console property.
Google Tag Manager
If a GTM account is active on your site, you can verify ownership using your Google Tag Manager container snippet code.
Domain Name Provider
This is a little more complex. Sign in to your domain registrar (like Bluehost, GoDaddy, or SiteGround), verify your site directly from Google Search Console, or add a DNS TXT or CNAME record.
Google-hosted sites, like Blogger, and Google Domains, are automatically verified.
To learn more about your options, click here and scroll down to find the box below. The first two methods I find are the most simple to do, but feel free to choose any method that works best for you!
Now that you have verified ownership, your website is indexed on Google!
To make double-check this to make sure your website has been verified, go back to Google Search Console and click ‘verify’. Google will then check your site for the verification code. If it’s found, you will see the screen below letting you know your site is verified.
After your website has been added to Google Search Console, now it’s time to index your blog posts or your website’s content on Google.
I’m going to show you a simple and fast method I use with my own blog posts and it works like a charm.
If you haven’t started blogging or writing content up to this point, no worries, just bookmark this post to reference at a later date.
► To learn how to write an SEO optimized blog post, click here.
How To Index Your Content on Google Fast
Why should you index your new blog posts?
It is a great way to alert search engines quickly about new content published on your site.
By indexing your content, you allow search engines to crawl and index it. It can also help you monitor and optimize your search performance.
In a minute, I’ll walk you step-by-step on how to index your content using Google Search Console.
But before we get into it, let’s see if your blog post is already indexed by Google.
How To Check If Your Content Is Indexed On Google
Here is an easy way to check if your content is already indexed…
For instance, I want to see if my blog post ‘5 Simple Ways to Write SEO Optimized Blog Posts For Better Rankings’ has been indexed.
Go to Google search results and enter the following ‘site: paste your URL here’ (no space in between).
Then hit ‘enter’, the page below displays if your content has not been indexed by Google.
To make sure your article gets indexed, here is what to do next.
Go to Google Search Console and click ‘URL inspection’.
Then, paste your blog post URL into the box below and hit ‘enter’.
As you can see, this blog post’s URL is not on Google. To index, click ‘Request Indexing’.
After you request indexing, the box below appears stating ‘Indexing requested’.
Keep in mind, that after your URL has been indexed, it can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks to go through. Be patient and come back to check if your URL has been indexed.
To check, follow the steps above by entering your URL into ‘URL inspection’. When your blog post has been indexed, it should show up like this.
To Wrap It Up…
Indexing your website and content with Google is important for a few reasons:
- It allows your audience to find your site easily through the keywords they research.
- The process is simple and should only take a few minutes to do.
- It allows search engines to crawl your site fast with the content you publish.
By doing these simple things, you give your website a major boost and allow search engines, like the big dog ‘Google’, to be notified of your important pages!
Until the next post, wishing you much blogging success!
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About the Author
Lindsey is a mom of two little miracles, MoMo twin girls, Lily Mae and Lua, plus one amazing older bro, Cody.
“Consider me a ‘blog super nerd’ at heart. I love helping busy parents learn how to blog because it has personally been life-changing for me and my family. Plus, sharing my experience to help others on their twinhood journey is so rewarding!”
She is the founder of Twin Mom Blog Nerd, Content Creator/Co-Founder of the blog Intensive Therapy for Kids, and Co-Founder of The LENN Foundation 501(c)(3) charity that helps children with cerebral palsy (like her sweet nephew, Lenny) receive grants for intensive therapies to thrive. ♥
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