If you’re like me, when you build a new website, add content and put it up on the internet, you want to see it indexed as fast as possible. Unfortunately, there’s no real way to make sure that your site gets indexed quickly.
Everyone has different theories on the time that it takes to have your website indexed. I’m going to explore how sites are indexed by Google and how long it takes Google to index a site.
At the end, I’ll provide you with some tips on ways that you can speed up the process. Let’s get started!
Indexing Versus Ranking
You may have heard a couple of terms that are associated with having your website listed in the search engine results pages (SERPS) of Google. These two terms are indexing and ranking.
When you initially place content on your website, it isn’t listed in the SERPS at all. Google needs to discover your content and determine where it’s going to be placed.
Once Google finds your content, it’s indexed in the SERPS. This is an initial ranking spot, which may be in the fifth, 23rd or 138th position for the keyword or keyword phrase that your website is being ranked for.
You may find your website on page 11 of the SERPS. It’s been indexed, but the rank sure sucks
That’s okay. You’ve got to start somewhere.
To get your site off of page 11 and on the first page of the SERPS, you’ll need to incorporate search engine optimization (SEO) techniques to get your site ranked higher.
Every time you add new content to your site, it’s indexed. Of course, when you are first starting out, Google doesn’t know that your site exists.
One way that you can check to see if Google has indexed your site is by typing the following into the URL location bar: site:yourdomain.com. If your site appears in the SERPS, let out a cheer as your site’s been indexed!
How Your Site Is Crawled And Indexed By Google
Google has a proprietary process that it uses to index your site and its content. This is done through Google’s secret search algorithm.
Multiple bots, which are also known as a Googlebots are sent out to scour the web and collect new content for indexing. These bots are constantly moving across an endless digital field of data.
When they find something new, it’s indexed alongside hundreds of thousands of other listings. At this point, it can now be searched for and found in Google’s SERPS.
Here’s a simple breakdown of the crawling and indexing process:
1. Google’s digital robot (Googlebot) is scouring the internet and stops at a website.
2. It first encounters a robots.txt and follows any instructions that are given.
3. Googlebot starts scanning the website for information.
4. Data is sent back to Google’s servers and added to a database.
5. Google’s algorithm goes to work to see if this content has already been indexed.
6. New sites and content are indexed if they pass certain criteria.
The algorithm decides how often a site should be visited after new content has been discovered. The algorithm also determines the value and relevance of the content so that it can be ranked accordingly.
How Long Does It Take Google To Index Your Site?
There’s no way to correlate an exact time frame for the way that Google indexes sites. Typically, I found that my new sites are indexed within a couple of days.
However, depending on the content management system that you use and other factors, it could take as short as 24 hours to as long as a couple of weeks. It’s never been a consistent process.
So far, the fastest that my new sites have been indexed have been on the same day. However, I have had a few sites that took more than a week to finally get into the SERPS.
Although, this might have been due to me just making the site live and not applying any of the tips that I’m going to show you.
One of the key things to always remember is that if you’re just starting a new site or blog, it really doesn’t matter. You should be focusing on building valuable content.
Regardless, it’s always refreshing to know that Google’s found your site and placed it in the SERPS.
How To Quickly Get Your Site Indexed By Google
I know it might be frustrating to realize that there is absolutely nothing you can do to make sure that your site gets indexed by Google. On the bright side, there are tactics that savvy marketers, web designers and web developers have discovered that will help improve the likelihood that your site will be indexed fast.
Here’s a top 10 list of the best tactics that you can try to get your site quickly indexed by Google:
1. Be sure to submit your website’s sitemap to the Google Search Console.
2. Link to your site from a website that is already ranked in the SERPS.
3. Try submitting your site to a number of different search engines.
4. See if other influencers or sites would be willing to link to your site.
5. Start a blog and publish content on a regular basis. Statistics indicate that if your website has a blog that’s active, it’s much more likely to scan your site. As I mentioned before, your job is to start building valuable content that is beneficial to your readers.
6. You can also try guest blogging on an influential site so that you get a link back to your content. If you’d like to learn how to do that this article can teach you.
7. Creating an RSS feed is another method that you can use. It’s a way to let the search engine know that you’ve got new content that you would like distributed.
8. Write and distribute a press release that has links pointing toward your site.
9. Share your content on a number of social media sites.
10. Try installing Google Analytics. This is a Google product and should let them know that you’re serious about your site. Not to mention, this is one of the best ways that you can keep track of your progress in the future.
Wrapping It Up
While there’s no 100 percent surefire way that you can get your site indexed, you can definitely increase the odds. By implementing any of these 10 tips, you increase your chances of having it done faster.
Imagine all of those Googlebots racing around the internet. If they see that another search engine or site has your information, they’re going to pay attention.
There’s no real order to the list. You may want to start with the easiest ones first to get the ball rolling. Just don’t worry about spending too much time on this endeavor. Being successful on the internet is going to take some time.
Keep creating valuable content and you’ll soon be one of the sites that’s dominating your niche.