I remember back when I started my first website I was checking Google multiple times throughout the day to see where my newly created blog posts were ranked.
At the time I was manually going through the top 100 results on Google to see if I could find my posts and back then I didn’t even realize that you could set it to display 100 results at a time so I was clicking through 10 pages looking for my domain name.
These days I get a lot of people asking me how long does it take Google to index a new page, blog post, or website, and they’re wondering how quickly their content is going to show up in the results.
Indexing Your Site or Blog Post on Google
At first it can be pretty disheartening not seeing your new website anywhere on Google but there are some helpful techniques that you can take advantage of to get your website and blog posts indexed so that they can hopefully be found by people searching for answers online.
There are actually quite a few different factors that have a role in how quickly Google is going to index your website or blog posts and, especially with a new website, you really can’t expect any miracles to happen overnight.
Google themselves has quite a bit of information on indexing and they claim that it’s a process that can take some time where there are many factors involved in deciding whether or not your content is going to get indexed and even if that’s likely to happen at all.
However, there are definitely some things you can do to speed up the process and make it more likely that your website and most recent blog post are able to be found in search engines online.
Google themselves has stated that freshly created and relatively new websites aren’t going to get indexed right away and then there’s the dreaded Google sandbox that you’re going to have to worry about.
For anyone just getting started I really don’t recommend worrying about indexing and ranking your website in the first six months after you created it unless you’re really dedicated to creating amazing content and at the same time promoting your content in order to build links and social awareness.
This can be quite difficult for beginners and it’s better to focus on content that first before worrying about the other more technical and intricate aspects of search engine optimization.
On the other hand, I realize that it can be an awesome feeling and a good small victory to have seeing your website and blog post somewhere in the search engine results so getting indexed could definitely be a form of motivation for all of you new content creators out there.
Without taking it into your own hands it can really take a random amount of time until your website and blog posts get indexed and ultimately there is really no guarantee that it can happen at all, especially with lower-quality websites and poor content.
There are quite a few different factors when it comes to indexing and some of these include:
- The age of your website
- The domain authority of your URL
- The quality and relevance of your content
- Your website speed and design
- The amount of inbound links that your site has
- Any traffic that you’re currently receiving and its quality
These are just a small number of the different factors that come into play when it comes to Google indexing your content.
It’s pretty safe to say that the better quality and more in-depth that your content is the more likely that Google is going to favor your site in the long run and end up indexing your content right away.
Having quality content is also going to make it easier to generate inbound links, social shares, and other factors that will help your site to build authority and become more precious in Google’s eyes.
If you don’t feel like playing the waiting game and you just want to index your blog posts as soon as you post them then there are quite a few different tips and techniques that you can take advantage of so that you can hopefully start seeing your content show up in the search engine results.
How to Index a New Website in Google Faster (Including Blog Posts and Pages)
Here are some of the different steps you’re going to want to take if you want to index your website in Google without waiting for them to discover your site on their own.
Use the Google Search Console Tool
The Google Search Console Tool is something you should set up on your website right away and once you get it up and running you can use it to quickly index your website and new blog posts or content without having to wait for Google to crawl your site.
Signing up for and getting Google Search Console running is a very straightforward process and not only can you use it for manual indexing but it also provides you with a treasure trove of other valuable information that you can use to better your website overall.
What you want to do is just either submit your sitemap or have the Search Console manually crawl a specific post or page.
Use Internal Links from Other Posts or Pages
If you already have blog posts or pages that are currently ranked in Google then one quick way to get any new content indexed is to link out to it using internal linking from an already ranked page.
You should already be using a lot of internal links in your content to help reduce bounce rate and promote a better user experience but I can also help with indexing new content more quickly.
Simply link to the new content wherever applicable and as soon as Google crawls your pages or posts that are already linked it will pick up on the new internal link and submit the fresh content to its index.
Use Google Analytics
Similar to Search Console, Google Analytics is another helpful tool that you’re going to want to set up your website with and use to your advantage.
With Analytics installed Google is essentially going to get notified anytime that you’re active with posting new content or making changes when it comes to site speed, bounce rate, and other metrics that the tool tracks regularly.
Post on Forums or Q&A Sites
Anyone writing in a niche that they’re passionate and knowledgeable about should be spending time in relevant forums and other popular Q&A sites like Quora.
Not only can these sites be used to help drive traffic but if you’re able to answer a question that applies to your new post or recent content then you can drop a link to it.
Google is going to crawl these bigger and more popular sites more quickly than they are yours and if they pick up on your link then they’re probably going to index it.
I’m working on own Quora Case Study at the moment so I recommend taking a look at that for a primer on using these Q&A sites.