How To Get Indexed By Google

Google is by far the largest search engine on the net. It is actually lager than its next two competitors combined. If you have a new site, it is important that you get it recognized by Google as soon as possible. There are many ways to do this and a whole field; called search engine optimization (SEO) is devoted to it. Here are a few of the often overlooked techniques.

Unless you only have a one-page site, be sure to include a sitemap. If your site is large or complex, this is a difficult task but it is even more important then. Your visitors may or may not read your site map, but Google, and other search engines, will. This gets them to notice all of your pages. Google has a site map tool available but it is very Google specific. If you create your own site map, it will also get noticed by other search engines. Be sure to also create a XML sitemap and submit your site and the xml sitemap to Google Webmaster Tools (you can sign up for free with your Google account). You can create a free xml sitemap at xml-sitemaps.com

Blogs are searched and indexed by search engines. You can participate in others’ blogs or create your own. Google owns a site at blogger.com, where you can create your own blog for free. Since it is owned by Google, you can be sure that blogs created here will be noticed by them. It’s very important to include a link to your site in your blog. Keep your blog informative. Do not use this blog to sell your products, rather keep it for useful information dissemination – over time this blog will be valuable.

Yet another method to be picked up by search engines is to create and publish articles. There are many online directories that will accept your articles. Inside the articles you must again be sure that you have included a link to your site. Try to use the same keywords in the articles that are used on your site. Keep the articles short, 400 words is optimal, unless you are dealing with a directory that specifically wants more or less. Create, or purchase the rights to, original work. Never take others’ work verbatim without crediting the source. Some article directories will not allow links within articles – use the resource box to put in a link to your website in such a case.

Remember that any work you do along these lines will take weeks, sometimes months, to take effect. There are over 100 million websites worldwide, containing over a billion pages. It takes even the fastest computers some time got get through them all.

There are many ways to optimize your site. These are just a few suggestions. For more information, do a search on your favorite search engine for “SEO techniques”, “SEO tips” etc. It will yield over two million hits but will serve as good starting point for refining your search.

How can your Website be indexed fast?

It’s important to first understand what getting indexed means. Note that all search engines will have a cache of each web page found in their index. In simpler terms, search engines keep a copy in their records of each web page that they visit. When you search something on the search engine, the results will have a list (normally ten results per page) of all relevant pages that pertain to your search. Each result will have a live ‘link’ to the page and a ‘snap-shot’ or ‘cache’ of the page that was recorded the last time the search engine spider visited the page.

Your first step to getting indexed is having a website, most importantly one that is yours. It will only cost you $8 to have a domain name registered, and around $5 monthly for pocket-friendly hosting, and $10 monthly for a great quality hosting plan. For fast indexing, it’s advisable to set up a blog on your website. While you can use any blogging software available, WordPress is currently the best. With a great quality hosting, it will have Fantastico and cPanel scripts. Fantastico which has around 50 scripts can be easily installed on a server, and WordPress is among the 50 scripts. Better still, you can install WordPress manually.

Once you have the main barebones websites (the home page, half a dozen pages full of content, and a sitemap that will link the pages together) you can then get indexed by search engines. You can opt to submit your website for indexing to search engines, although it tends to be quite slow. As such, the blog comes to play here. Make sure each day for the first few weeks or months you post messages or articles to your blog. The posts have to be in line with your site content, and very interesting.

Make up your blog in such away that it will automatically “ping” your blog directories each time you post something new. This is what happens…Yahoo, Google, MSN etc are always in search for new content to give to search visitors and the most likely place they search for this content is on blogs. Search engines love blogs as they are normally updated regularly and are always very dynamic – as opposed to web pages which always remain unchanged for months or even years.

If you update your blog daily by having fresh content posted, be guaranteed to get noticed easily by the search engines and they will soon be crawling up on your blogs each day. You can then add a link to your site map or home page in your blog’s menu or as a signature at the end of the blog. In addition to loving fresh content, search engines love links too. If the search engines locate a link anywhere that they’ve never seen before, they note it down and follow it to wherever it will lead them. So if the link is on your blog, ensure it leads to your website. Ensure the link leads to your website by clicking on it to be certain it does.

MSN and Yahoo and Google and the rest of the search engines will list your web pages as soon as they locate them, and will afterwards index the pages in a few days. Once indexed, they will appear in the search engine’s result page.