The thought process behind submitting your website to search engines is as outdated as writing a paper check to your landscaper.
A decade ago, the demand on search engines was extraordinarily different than it is today. Today, you’re looking at current up-to-date news feeds, viral media (video,images,social), something that wouldn’t have been necessarily even a year or two ago. Truly valuable search engines frequently index the web on their own – they don’t bother with inefficient human submitters like you. They know that they can’t depend on you to submit your website every single time you have an update, so, they’ve bypassed you entirely. Don’t worry, it’s better this way.
Submitting To Search Engine FAQ’s
What Is Indexing?
Indexing is the process of making sure your website and its related content show up on a search engines. It’s not the process of getting a better rank or conquering the SEO world – it’s simply the process of making sure your site shows up when other people search for it. Indexed sites don’t necessarily show up on the first page of search results, but they are able to be found by anyone who types the keyword or url into the search engine – it may take them some time to find your site, but it can be done.
How Do I Get My Website Indexed?
It’s not that hard to get your website indexed. In fact, you can think of indexing as that thing that happens on its own while you are doing all the other important work necessary to properly market your website.
What should you be doing while waiting for your website to get indexed?
- Verify your On Page SEO is accurately laid out.
- Write more posts for your blog.
- Add new pages to your website.
- Set up your Facebook page.
- Give yourself a high five.
- Look for opportunities to promote your biz.
As you continue to work, Google (and all the other search engines out there) will do their thing. In short, you really don’t need to worry that much about getting indexed – it’s a process that will take care of itself.
If you’re really concerned, you can help the process along by joining a good business directory or getting backlinks from other established sites. The latter can be difficult if you are new to the e-commerce game, but the former is a relatively quick and painless way to establish that you’re a bona fides business.
You can also start an all-out marketing blitz with press releases if you really want to draw attention to your site – press releases aren’t quite the sure thing that some might assume when it comes to the indexing world, but they do help.
Go on the offensive if you find it necessary, but try to remember that indexing isn’t an especially complex problem compared to getting better ranking overall.
How Do I Get Properly Indexed For My Target Keywords?
If you want to be properly indexed in such a way that you stand even a chance of ranking for your target keywords, you’re going to need to concentrate a bit of your efforts on your websites On Page SEO structure.
On Page SEO is the process of building a page that can be easily found and properly ‘categorized’ by search-crawlers under keywords relevent to your websites content. There’s actually a fair bit of technical work that goes into this process, involving headers, meta-tags and various descriptions.
Make sure to concentrate on making solid, readable content as well – if you don’t, you won’t survive the ranking process. Creating good On Page SEO is one of those things that can be done by an amateur, but really does require the help of a professional if you want to really take advantage of the process. SEO is not just your best friend when you want to get indexed – it’s the only way to qualify for highly targeted rankings.
How Do I Verify My Website Has Been Indexed In A Search Engine (Like Google)?
Got a pen and paper handy, because this is kind of a long process.
Step one: Enter your websites URL into the search window of your favorite search engine.
Step two: Press “Search”
Okay, it’s not actually a long process. All you need to do is enter your url into the search engine and see if your website actually shows up in the search results.
Verifying that your website has been accepted into a search engine is something you don’t really have to over-think – if it’s there, you’re good to go.
If your website isn’t showing in the search results then read the next FAQ in this article.
What If My Website Does Not Appear To Have Been Indexed?
If it doesn’t appear that your website has been indexed, or in other words, if you don’t see your website in the search results, just keep waiting.
Yes, you can manually submit your website – it’s not that hard of a process, but the truth is it will take up valuable time that you really shouldn’t be wasting. You could easily write 300 words of content for your site in the time that it would take you to fill out the relevant data for a search engine submission, so don’t bother.
Remember, the indexing process isn’t instant – it takes time. Even if you manually submit your website. You’re looking at an average of ten to twenty days before your site will be indexed, so you need to be patient. In fact, it can even take longer in many cases – so calm down and keep working!
The tipping point should be around the thirty day mark. By the time that you hit this point, you should start taking a look at the terms and conditions of the search engine. If your site doesn’t adhere to those conditions, it probably won’t be indexed. You may need to adjust the content of your page to fit the terms and conditions, and doing so is worth the effort – if your site isn’t indexed, it might as well not exist. Take the time to make sure that your site is in order before you start worrying about other problems. If you can fix the former, most of the latter will start to disappear.
Why Don’t I Rank At The Top In The Search Engines?
First, don’t worry about submitting your site – this has nothing to do with that. It does take time for your site to show up, so relax. If it has been more than a few months, though, it’s time to start worrying – and not about whether or not you made the right kind of submission. You’re going to need to start worrying about the efficacy of your on-page SEO, and you’re going to need to start making adjustments to your page.
There is a laundry list of problems that might be the cause of your site’s ranking woes, so start going through them before you worry about submitting a site to the search engines. Make sure that you put your keywords in the relevant places (content, meta tags, headers, etc), that your page is designed well enough for SEO purposes, and that you actually have a clear keyword. The easy thing to do here is to panic about submitting your site – the harder thing to do is to fix the problems that lead to your site no showing up. If you don’t fix your SEO, no amount of petitioning the search engines is going to get you ranked.
Do I Need To Re-Submit My Website Every Time I Make An Update Or Add A New Page?
If you go purely by logic, it would make sense to submit every page that you create to a search engine. After all, you want to make sure that your new content gets seen – right? Fortunately, you don’t have to put in quite that much work to make sure that your content goes live.
As I stated earlier, the indexing programs that help to create a good search engines are constantly being updated – and that means that anything that you create will be automatically added to search results, in time.
You can still do work on your own, though, to make sure your page is seen more quickly. You can help out the indexing crawlers by creating backlinks on your main page to your new content. This helps to create something of a road map for the programs, bringing your new pages to the fore without minimal effort. Creating these backlinks is also good SEO – it not only helps you to get your pages seen by the machines, but it creates great click-thru traffic for your human customers.
Also, linking to your other pages should be a habit by now for most webmasters, but don’t despair – if you haven’t already been linking your pages, it’s not that much work to make the relevant adjustments.
Should I Pay For Search Engine Submissions?
Please, don’t do this. You never need to pay for search engine submissions. The only way that a service will ask you to do this is if they are trying to take money from you. As a rule, getting your page indexed is a free service – companies like Google want to know where your page is. If someone is trying to make sure that you pay them money for a free service, they’re just scamming you. Don’t trust anyone who lists this as a paid service, because they are going to find every way they can to fleece you.
The only thing that these services are good for is showing you who not to work with. Yes, there was probably a point where such a service could be valuable. That was many years ago, though, and anyone who is still offering that service is either being purposefully deceitful or is far behind the times – both of which mean that you should not work with them. Be careful of scams like this, because they prey upon those who don’t have solid SEO knowledge. The more you educate yourself, the more likely it will be that you can identify such scams on your own and avoid them.
In short, try not to freak out about having your site indexed. It really isn’t something you need to worry about, and anyone who tells you differently is probably trying to sell you something. You need to be worried about how your page ranks, not whether it shows up at all. You will undertake all the steps necessary for your page to show up if you are using good SEO methods, so don’t add another burden to your ever-growing list. Sit back and relax on this front – you have more than enough work to do to make sure that your site is useful to your customers and will be seen by the maximum number of visitors.