As a new blogger, one of the things that you’re most likely focused on is how you can start getting organic search traffic and growing your blog.
This is a very long and drawn-out process, with SEO taking months at a time to start working effectively and getting you up there in the rankings, and that’s of course if you have great content that’s user-friendly and that people love.
The problem is, how are you going to get traffic if users aren’t able to find your blog or website anywhere in Google?
The answer to that problem is that you’re very likely not indexed and if you’ve been blogging for a while and you’re still not getting even a few hits of traffic each day then maybe you need to take some action and make sure that your posts or website pages are getting indexed on their own.
Most people are going to rely on Google sending them free traffic, and unless you have a blog that’s able to drive a lot of traffic with social media, and making sure that you’re being seen is of course very important.
So, how do you get your new blog or website indexed by Google and the other popular search engines?
There are basically two things you can do to make this a very likely possibility.
You could just wait around and hope that Google is going to crawl your website and post it in their index as soon as they can, but there really isn’t a set time frame on this and for new domains it can be weeks or months before your site gets crawled.
Your other option is to take some action and make sure that your website is getting indexed.
With your blog showing up in the search results you can now start to focus on some of the more important issues of growing a website such as building your email list, driving more traffic, promoting the awesome content that you’ve written, and just growing your site to the best of your ability.
In this post I want to share with you some of the most effective things that you can do right now to get your new blog or website index as quickly as reasonably possible so that you can start showing up in the Google results and hopefully in other search engines.
Getting Your New Blog or Website Indexed in Google
Use a Sitemap
Making sure you have a sitemap and that you already submitted it to Google Search Console is one of the best things you can do to make sure that your current content and anything new that you post gets picked up by the Google bots.
A sitemap is basically an index that lets Google and other search engine know about all of the content such as blog posts, images, and videos that you have on your website.
By submitting your sitemap you’re letting Google now that you have content that you want to share with the internet and they can more effectively crawl through your site to see everything that you’ve posted and are sharing at the moment.
It also makes it easier for them to see when you’ve posted new content because the Google bots can double check with what they’ve already seen and are able to determine what’s new and what’s old.
Setting up the sitemap doesn’t take that much time at all and in just a few minutes and you can have one up and running so that your site or blog is more easily crawlable and more likely to be visible online.
Submit Your Blog Posts to Search Engines Directly
When you’re using Google Webmaster Tools there’s an interesting feature that you can use that allows you to manually encourage the search engine to look at and index your newest blog posts or website pages.
The option is called “Fetch as Google” and on new sites I always use it for the first few posts just to let Google know that I’m posting content on a regular basis and that I have some high-quality content for them to take a look at.
The way it works is quite simple.
The first thing you need to do is log into your Google Webmaster Tools and on the menu on right hand side you’re going to want to click on “Crawl” and then select “Fetch as Google”.
This is going to bring you to the “Fetch as Google” page and all you have to do is add the last part of the URL of any of the posts that you want indexed to the text box at the top.
Once you’ve done that, you want to click on the “Fetch” button and choose whether you want Google to crawl just that specific post or all of the posts that you’ve linked out to as well.
Then you just have to follow the prompts and Google will let you know once it has been completed and whether or not the post has been submitted to the index.
One nifty way that you can quickly check to see if you’ve actually been indexed or not is to do this following web search in Google:
To check to see if just your website is index you just need to do:
This is going to let you know whether or not Google has found your website or blog post and depending on the results you get you can be happy with what you’ve found and move on or take some action using the techniques here in this post to alleviate any issues that you might have.
Post Your Blog Posts/Website on Social Media
One thing you want to do when you start blogging or create a new website is set up all of the different relevant social media accounts for it.
Of course you’re going to want to go ahead and get a Facebook page as well as a Twitter account and depending on your niche you can also set up an Instagram and a Pinterest account.
Make sure to take a few moments each day to try to build up a social media following with whatever platforms that you’re using.
Whether or not you actually have a following isn’t really important at the moment but what you want to do whenever you write a new blog post is to simply post it and share it among the different social media platforms.
Posting content is very straightforward and only takes a few minutes each day but in the long run it really helps because not only can you grow a social media following but social signals are bound to become a more important ranking factor in the future as more people move to social media.
Having your contents on these different platforms also that’s Google know that other people might be finding it relevant and their bots are definitely crawling these platforms to see what’s going on so it might be able to give you a little boost when it comes to indexing.
There’s actually quite a lot of debate about whether or not it’s worth it to write blog posts every day, once a week, or even once a month.
Of course there are some people that are going to be able to find success using any of the above posting schedules but when you’re first getting started I recommend a more frequent posting schedule.
Posting frequently on a regular basis, especially when you’re new to blogging, not only helps you to build up your site but also let’s Google know that they should be checking back more often to see if you’ve created anything new.
With the more quality content that you have on your website the easier it becomes to promote it and every little bit helps when it comes to search traffic so in the long run you’re going to end up with a lot of blog posts and a lot of website visitors.
I definitely find that on the websites I have where I post more regularly that the blog posts get indexed usually within an hour and on the sites where I only post a few times per week it can take a few days before Google decides to check out my site again.
There are plenty of case studies online that show the benefits of regular blogging so even if you have a business-oriented website, and you’re not just a “blogger”, you’ll also find it very useful to post high quality, relevant, and engaging content on a regular basis.
In the end, it really starts to act as a Snowball Effect because the more posts you have the more people are going to be visiting your site and the more social shares you’re going to get so the benefits to daily blogging, or at least regular blogging, are quite good.
Install and Set-Up Google Analytics
Another important tool that Google offers is web users to use for their own web sites or blogs is Google Analytics.
This is a dedicated analytics tool that shares with you a wide range of helpful information that you can use for growing your own website, finding out where your traffic is coming from, checking to see what backlinks you have, and plenty of other information.
It doesn’t take very long to install Google Analytics and get it set up and working on your website and since it is a Google tool it might let them know that you have something that they might want to check out.
Once you have Analytics up and running it’s a good idea to take some time to get familiar with the tool and take advantage of all of the different information and it provides you with.
Share Your New Content
Not only should you be sharing your newest blog posts or website on social media but it’s also a good idea to promote it from the beginning wherever you can find that’s relevant.
When you set up your social media accounts it’s very likely that you’re going to be able to put a link back to your website and as these platforms are very authoritative Google is crawling them on a very regular basis so it’s only a matter of time until they discover your site.
Personally, I like to set up an account on Quora and answer a few relevant questions where I’m able to submit my most latest blog posts as a link.
Not only am I providing value this way by helping other people but I’m also getting link backs from other sites so that Google knows that my content might be important.
Alternatively, you can create images using Pinterest and submit them with a link back to your URL (as long as it’s relevant of course).
Another thing you can do is create YouTube videos that are related to your niche and simply pop in the URL in the description.
All of this is definitely going to help you out when it comes to getting your new blog post or website indexed and even more so in the long run as you start to become an authority on your topic.
Submit Your Blog to Blog Directories
A few years back this was actually a method that people were abusing for backlinks and Google actually got rid of a huge amount of the free directories that people were using online.
However, these days there are still some high-quality blogging and website directories available that you can still use to submit your website or blog to.
These directories will automatically share the new content that you posted with the people browsing their site so not only will you get relevant referral traffic but it will also make it easier for Google to discover any of the new content that you’ve posted.
You’re going to want to do a quick Google search to see which directories are still relevant this year but the biggest one that I know of that’s still around is AllTop.
To get your website on AllTop you need to go ahead and create an account and your site or blog will be manually reviewed before it’s allowed to show up in the directory.
I’ve used it for two of my sites and they were both allowed into the directory but I had a huge base of quality content for them to take a look at.
Be sure to write at least 10 or 20 high-quality blog posts before you submit and also make sure that your website looks legitimate rather than something that you created in just 20 minutes that doesn’t have been content at all.
Hopefully I’ve been able to help you out with some of the different techniques here when it comes to getting your new blog post or website indexed in Google.
None of these different methods should take very long, especially if you’re just getting started, and after a while you won’t even have to bother because your new posts should hopefully be getting indexed rather quickly as your domain ages.
If you’ve tried everything and you’re still having problem with the index you still don’t need to worry.
Unless something is completely wrong with your website it’s very like that you just have to keep on writing, growing your blog, and getting some backlinks to your content to let Google know that you’re legit and worth visiting.
Don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions, concerns, or comments and I’ll try my best to help you out as soon as I can.