This is the second part of a two-post series web index tips. If you haven’t already, you should read the post on how Google indexes websites first to understand the basics of web-indexing.
Once you know how indexing works, the next step is to understand how to get the right pages indexed as quickly as possible. Here are a few easy steps you can take:
Submit a Website to Google
Submitting a new site to Google is one of the easiest things you can do to make sure Google knows you exist. Navigate to https://www.google.com/submityourcontent/ and follow the instructions. It basically comes down to sending them your link. What could be simpler?
Upload a Sitemap
Unfortunately, simply submitting your root domain (eg: www.example.com) doesn’t guarantee that all of your pages will be indexed. As I discussed in the previous post, crawlers will add any links found on your page to their list of pages to be crawled. So if you have a lot of internal links, Google will eventually find your content.
You can make the process faster and easier by submitting a sitemap. There are tons of free tools and blog-plugins you can use to generate one, and then upload the sitemap to your site, and notify webmaster tools.
Sitemaps are extremely important. In addition to getting indexed for the first time, they also help the search engines stay up to date with your content, so that new pages get indexed more quickly after they’re created.
Submit Your Site to Blog or Article Directories
Whether or not blog and article directories help SEO rankings is debatable, but when it comes to indexing, having a few backlinks from high-traffic directories can really speed up the process. Remember that Google crawls some websites more often than others, so if you have links from multiple directories it will increase the odds your site will be visited by Googlebot more quickly.
Add Links on Social Networks
You should be doing this anyway to help promote your content to new readers, but the top social networks can be prime real estate when it comes to links. Share your posts, but also add your website link to your profiles on all the big networks. You know who I mean: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest, etc.
Setup Google Authorship
Google Authorship is a way for Google to connect online content (aka: your blog) with the people producing that content. It’s good for your SEO, but also gets that link to your site right in front of Google’s eyes, which usually helps your site get indexed.