How to get your website indexed in Google in less than a week:
Once your website is completed, most people get frustrated with the search engine’s delay in indexing your website into the search results. This article is written assuming that the new website has had on-page optimization (meta data, titles, content, ect). If you still need to do some on-page search engine optimization, visit SEO Tips for some great articles and tutorials regarding this issue.
So why is indexing your website so important?
Once the website is finished and uploaded to your web host, the search engines don’t know that your website exists until they find the website (crawl the website). Until the search engines find and crawl your new website, you will not be in any of the search results.
Indexing can take weeks, or even months! But, I am going to show you step by step on how you can get indexed in less than a week.
The reason it normally takes so long to get indexed is that a new website has absolutely no incomming links, no popularity, and no way of letting the search engines know that its there. And to make the wait longer, popular search engines have millions, and billions of web pages to crawl, which makes them very very busy.
So what do we need to do to get indexed faster (Google in particular)?
1) Well first off, what we need to do here is somehow let the search engines know that the website exists.
2) We need to get the website listed in directories as fast as possible (first steps of link popularity).
3) Get as many reciprocal links as possible in a short period (link exchange with other relevant websites).
So lets get down to the details:
Let the search engines know that your website exists:
1) Create an XML Sitemap.
An XML Sitemap is used by search engines as a directory of your website. A sitemap will show all the different directories, sub-directories, and pages that is within any given URL. This is different than an HTML Sitemap, in that and XML sitemap code is written specifically for crawlers, robots, search engines, ect.
To create a FREE XML Sitemap, visit: http://www.xml-sitemaps.com/
Here, you can automatically generate an XML Sitemap. You can either download the file once its finished, or you can copy and past the coding into your HTML editor, or whatever you use. The file extension for an XML document is “.xml”
The XML Sitemap will look something like this:
Once you have created the XML Sitemap you need to upload the file into the directory of your web host where your website is located.
Next, you need to sign up for Google Webmaster Tools, located here: http://www.google.com/webmasters/
Once you have signed up, you can add your website URL, add your sitemap, check statistics, crawling problems, ect. Read the information Google provides and get familiar with this tool because it is very important in tracking the stats and problems of your website.
To submit your XML Sitemap, click on “sitemaps” and follow the instructions.
Google now has a record of your sitemap, and when Google gets around to it, Google will crawl and index your website based on what it finds in your XML Sitemap (a directory of your web pages within the website).
2) Submit your site to as many directories as possible:
Typically, good directories get indexed by Google very often. You should submit to the directories that require no reciprocal links and that are free. Most directories will take weeks and sometimes months to actually add your link to the directory, but SOME directories will add you within a few days.
Here is a great website to find a whole lot of good directories to submit to. And, you can keep track of the directories you submit to as well! http://www.onewaytextlink.com/
Sign up with them, and start submitting your website!
This step will help in speeding up the process of getting indexed.
3) Get reciprocal links from other relevant websites (related websites):
A reciprocal link is basically a link exchange with another website. “I’ll add your link to my website if you add mine.”
This is a good idea in terms of link popularity, but there are some criteria that you should adhere to.
-Don’t exchange links with websites that are irrelevant to your main topic, or subject.
-Don’t exchange links with websites that are banned by any search engines. (visit http://google.com/toolbar to download the Google Toolbar. You can view the Pagerank of websites as well as other tools).
-Try to exchange links with other websites that have a Pagerank of 1 or higher.
You can also download Web CEO and automatically send out emails to relevant sites and manage them with this program. Visit http://www.webceo.com/ to download the software for FREE.
4) Submit your website to Super Pages, Google Maps, and Hot Frog
Sit back and wait. Well actually, keep adding your site to directories, and keep grabbing link exchanges. Like I said, if you need more info on how to do anything, read up on the rest of my articles here: SEO Tips. If you have no time and would rather have us to get you indexed in a week or less, visit Orange County Search Engine Optimization for a free quote on our indexing services.