In layman words, having your website indexed means Google knows that your website exists.
To check if your website is indexed or not, follow these simple steps:
- Go to www.google.co.in,
- Type:- site:domainname.com,
- Check results for your domain,
- The URLs that show up in the search engine results page (SERP) are the ones indexed by Google, the ones that don’t show up, aren’t.
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A total of 297 URLs of the website are indexed by Google.
So, after the exercise, if all your pages are indexed, meaning ranking on Google, you may stop reading this article right away. If they aren’t, keep reading.
Google has a spider whose primary job is to go out on the internet and find new content/websites.
There could be two reasons why you aren’t indexed:
First, Google Crawler could not find you. Second, Google crawler did not find you important enough to be indexed. Either way, these tips will help you get discovered by the crawler and once discovered, will consider you for indexing:
Setup Google Analytics and Search Console
Google Analytics and Search Console are both Google tools that help you keep track of your web traffic. These tools once installed can’t be ignored by Google and hence is the easiest way to get recognized in the eyes of Google.
Submit to Index
Once Google Search Console is installed, it has a feature called “URL inspection” which allows you to check if Google has indexed your page or not. This tool also has the option of submitting the URL for indexing via the “Request Indexing” button.
Make and Submit a Sitemap
The sitemap is a way of you having all your web page URLs listed on a single page. More often than not, this is the primary page a crawler is going to visit and treat this as a reference point to find new pages on the internet.
Once this sitemap is live, you submit the sitemap link from the Google Search Console Sitemap feature.
This again notifies Google about your website and helps crawler identify all the pages on your website.
Interlink the page
Ideally, there should at least be one out-link from a page to a different page on your website. Good internal linking structure ensures better link juice transfer and better chances of indexation for all pages.
Remove noindex tags from your code
Developers, while developing a website put a noindex tag on the website. Noindex tag blocks Google spider from crawling this page, thus ensuring that a half baked website does not rank. In case you forget to remove the noindex tag, the website would never rank.
Connect the page with social media profiles
Active social media profiles are also a good signal for Google indexing. If your brand is active on Social Media, you should ideally connect the website and your social profiles with your website. This helps Google rank your social profiles along with your website for your brand keywords.
Get backlinks from internet
It’s a given fact that Google loves good quality backlinks and rewards websites that have them. Like the real-life spider, Google Spider too requires a web to navigate. In the internet world, these webs are the links between websites. One should try and get their web pages linked from other good quality websites on the internet.
Following these tips will almost guarantee your website to be indexed.
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