Whether you run an entire website or a small blog, every page must be indexed to be found by the end user. When a page is posted on the internet, the search-bots must first crawl the page. Once the page has been crawled, it is then indexed in the big rolodex on the sky. Only after a page has been indexed by the search-bots can it be returned in a query and found by an end user. Thus, begins the long and arduous task of ensuring that it stays optimized so it can appear in the top of the SERPs, but that is beyond the scope of this article. Today you will learn how to get a page indexed immediately in just a few simple steps. After all, a substantial amount of material is time sensitive. The search-bots aren’t going to be stopping by every few minutes to see if your site has something new and you can’t always wait around until they show up.
Google Search Console
What you are going to do here is manually submit your new URL for indexing. Google allows up to five hundred new manual URLs weekly so that is plenty of room for even most professionals. First, you will need to ensure that you have a Google Analytics Account. If you don’t, you should have one so get it. Go to your Google search Console and open your Webmaster Tools. It is on your dashboard and not too difficult to find. Everything is easily organized down the left-hand side of the menu. You will click on Crawl, which will open a drop-down menu with four additional options.
Fetch As Google
This is just worded funny for reasons unknown to the average Joe. It probably makes sense to the search giant in some relevant way that doesn’t affect most users. Anyhow, one of those four additional drop-down options will read Fetch As Google. Click on that option and an open bar will appear in the middle of the screen with the domain http://optimizehere.co/ as the preface. Add your URL to the open box and then click on the red box to the right that says Fetch.
Submit To Index
Don’t x out the site yet, you’re not quite done. You need to wait until the status reads Successful. Once it does, you’ll need to click on Submit To Index. Viola! You have just indexed your own page on your own time. You can do this up to five hundred times per week. It is easy to double check yourself, too. Just bring up a new tab and do the relevant search. Your page should appear in the results. Keep in mind that only twenty results appear at a time so if it is not properly optimized you may have to look a bit but you should be able to find your own page.
Create A Sitemap
This seems like a daunting task but its really not that hard. Google will walk you through it and you already have a Google Analytics Account. A Sitemap allows the spiders to crawl your site more quickly and in an organized fashion instead of just jumping from page to page. It will get your pages indexed faster and it will also help with your SEO strategy. Go to your Webmaster Tools Dashboard and click on Add/Test Sitemap. You can also do a bit of research. There are plenty of other tools available to help you get this done.
These are the fastest and most important ways to get your pages indexed. Remember, each individual page on a site needs to be indexed before it will show up in a query. This is perhaps as important as your SEO strategy.