While building your website to attract visitors, there are a few key things you’ll want to make sure you do. First is to make sure your site complies with industry regulations, like GDPR. Next, you’ll want to optimize your site for SEO purposes, which makes your web page appear when people search on Google. Third, you want to make sure your webpages are actually seen and recognized by Google.
We certainly don’t want you to put lots of time and effort into creating a site your visitors will want to visit and then make it difficult for them to find. Google recently changed their Search Console, which also changed how some sites can submit their pages to be indexed. If you’re confused, don’t worry. We’ll take a look at the basics of Google indexing and how you can ensure your site is indexed.
What is Indexing?
Simply put, indexing is how web pages are added to Google. An easy way to see if your web page is indexed is by looking at your meta tag for that page. If it is tagged “no-index,” that page has not been indexed and will not be added to Google. This means that pages with the “no-index” tag cannot be found on Google. If the page is tagged “index,” then your page is good to go and will be searchable.
Can I Make Google Index a Page?
If you see that one of your pages is marked “no-index,” you’ll probably want that tag to be changed. Once you change that tag, if you’re putting a new page on your site, or if you’re even just updating one of your existing pages, chances are it won’t be indexed immediately. It can take awhile, anywhere from four days to four weeks, or even longer. If you want to try to speed up this process, you can ask Google to crawl (discover your page) and index your page.
How Do I Get Google to Index My Page?
You can request Google to crawl and index your page from inside the new Search Console. If your site isn’t already verified with Google, you’ll need to do that first.
Then, locate the bar at the top of the Google Search Console that says “Inspect any URL in https://yourwebsite.com” and input the URL you want Google to index. Then, Google will crawl that URL and let you know if it can be indexed. Since it’s new, you’ll be able to select “Request Indexing,” which then prompts Google to index your URL. For the most part, your page will be indexed within 24 hours.
Once your website is indexed and ready to be found in Google, your hard work on improving your SEO will begin to pay off. Your pages will be returned in the search results, driving traffic to your website and increasing your advertising revenue. If you need help setting up your ads, sign up with the Moneytizer today.