Getting indexed by the Search Engines and especially Google is the first step if you want to bring traffic to your website.
Without getting indexed, you are risking not appearing in the rankings of any Search Engine, which will cost you a big loss of organic traffic.
But measuring the organic traffic is a different case. You will need to use SEO analyzers if you want to get only a rough estimate, of how much traffic you could possibly get.
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What is website indexing
Website indexing is a process in which bots are involved. In this case, Google bots (spiders) come to your website and start crawling your pages.
Once the spider gets enough content from your website, which depends on the crawl budget, it goes back to the index and imports all the data.
Indexing a website starts from the name of the website and follows all the links, which you have.
If your site doesn’t have any links on the homepage it will be hard, but not impossible for the Google bots to find it.
How long does it take to get indexed by Google
Back in the days, site owners had to manually submit and wait at least 6 months for Google to pick up their site and start crawling it.
Now things have changed.
Google automatically comes to your website, without the need for manual submission and directly starts crawling your website.
But even that could be quite hard to happen for all websites.
In the mid of 2021, Google started having indexing issues, which were followed up until the end of December.
Google started indexing fewer websites or stopped indexing websites at all. Even popular websites could see that there is an issue with their content not being indexed, but it got fixed. Only for them.
Approximately a website should take anywhere between 6 and 9 months to get indexed. People believe that Google lacks space for new websites, others say that there are way too many websites existing.
In any case, you will have to be careful about choosing the niche, but also cautious that Google may not index your niche website.
In fact, any website could stay in the sandbox for a long time period, but that shouldn’t discourage you. Keep posting content and wait for your turn.
How to check if you are indexed by Google
There are many ways to see if your website has been in the Google index. Although for newer websites this may be hard.
And these ways will not take you more than 2 minutes to see how your website is performing.
Check if you are indexed in Google Search Console
All you need to do is register for the Google Search Console and directly after that, you can go to the Coverage tab.
In the coverage tab, you should be able to see the valid and excluded pages.
If a page is showing as valid, then it has been indexed and probably positioned in the rankings.
But if a page is showing as excluded this means that the page is currently not indexed. There are many reasons as to why a page is not getting indexed by Google, but the most common are:
- Duplicate page.
- Crawled, but not indexed.
- Low-value content.
- Low crawl budget and much more.
If you are writing quality content, which is more than 300-400 words, you shouldn’t worry about not being indexed. There is a reason to it, and most probably your crawl budget isn’t enough.
Google sets a different crawl budget for every website, which gets bigger with time. The key to a bigger crawl budget and higher indexation rate is posting more often.
Check if you are indexed in Google
If you don’t want to go use the Google Search Console, there is another way to see if your website has been indexed.
All you need to do is to open up a new window in your browser and go to Google.
Directly after this, you need to type in site:mydomain.com, where “mydomain” should be replaced with your domain and you should see any of the following.
If you start seeing your content on Google then it means that your website has indexed articles. You can track all of them and make a list.
But if no results are being shown, then you might have indexing issues, or your website is just new in Google’s eyes.
How to instant index your WordPress Website
There are many ways to get indexed faster on Google. Some people may say more content is required, but that’s not the case.
So in this tutorial, I will personally give you the ultimate way to index your website faster, and hopefully, you get your content out (doesn’t work for duplicate/plagiarised content).
All you need to do is to go to your WordPress dashboard, hover over plugins, click add new, and type in Rank Math.
When talking about Rank Math I would like to mention that it is by far the best SEO solution and has been placed at the top of all SEO plugins for WordPress.
So once you have downloaded and installed Rank Math you will need to set it up. If you had previously used a redirection plugin or another SEO plugin, you can easily import all the data to Rank Math itself.
Once the importing has finished, all of your articles will receive the data they had from your previous SEO plugin, but that won’t be enough to instantly index your website.
Click on Rank Math and you will see a menu under its name. There you will see a link that says “Instant Indexing”.
All you have to go to this link and once a window pops up with the text submit URL, you will need to place each URL, which was not indexed.
Placing 1 URL per line is the way to do it right.
This is a really tricky thing to do, but remember that Google has this instant indexing API for a reason. Weather websites and news websites use this API, as their news may be critical.
The instant indexing API that Google provides is used only for special cases.
But if you are using this API and have a website for games, it doesn’t mean that you will get penalties or anything serious.
So once you have placed all the URLs and submitted them to Google, it might take you somewhere between a day or a week to see your website is indexed.
It took me around 24 hours to see 6 of my posts indexed instantly on a newer website, but for others, it takes more time.
How to automatically index your website faster on Google
Since you have to manually submit articles for faster indexing on Google, it can take a lot of time if you publish lots and lots of content.
A good way to keep yourself busy with publishing and not indexing will be to use the Instant Indexing option in Rank Math.
This time, you don’t need to go to Rank Math and then instant indexing and publish each URL.
All you need to do is to go into the Rank Math dashboard and check if you have the Instant Indexing on.
If the color is blue, then you have your instant indexing turned on. But if the color is gray, you will need to hover on it and left-click, so it can turn blue and start working.
You can keep this option for as long as you wish.
More ways to index your website faster on Google
If you are not a fan of instant indexing, which Rank Math offers, and wish to search for alternative ways, then you are lucky.
More than 5 years of indexing websites and pushing the hard to index pages have paid off.
So here are the best ways to index your website faster and to push all the pages out of the Google sandbox.
Write more content
It’s not a secret that websites that intend to publish more articles are being honored by Google. The more content you publish, the more authoritative you get.
But that doesn’t mean that you should create a website, which talks about everything and publish irrelevant or low word count articles.
The key is to publish as often as you can and make sure that your content is quality.
In fact, if you go for these low-hanging fruits, you might win yourself a good ranking spot and visitors to your website.
Update older content
From time to time you should check older content on your website. There can be a certain amount of articles, which have outdated information, or something new to add.
Check your competitors, which are ranking above you and even below you.
See if they have new information regarding a certain product, service, etc. Research the topic well and then add the newer information in your article.
This will show relevancy and that your website holds the newest information. Not to mention that it will also help you with ranking your content.
Create content silos
When you have a lot of content, it should be on a certain sub-topic. Your niche is important, but also the topic associated with it.
Creating content silos, which wrap up everything, and having one big and strong article proves to Google and other search engines that you are publishing good content, which needs to be indexed immediately.
Increase the internal links between articles
Internal links are used for visitors to find relevant information on a certain topic, but not only. Google and other search engines use the internal links to crawl your website faster.
If a search engine bot had to search for each link and had a hard time finding it, then your chances to index content are low.
Internally linking between relevant content, which has potential keywords can increase your crawlability rate and help your website get indexed faster.
Reduce orphaned pages number
Orphaned pages are the pages, which have no internal links pointing to them. These orphaned pages are hard to get discovered by Google, which reduces the chances of that certain article getting indexed.
If you have a small or new website it may seem hard to find the perfect article to link to the orphaned one.
That’s why it is a good idea to start off writing on one sub-topic and interlink wherever possible.
By using this strategy you reduce the chances of having orphaned pages on your website and you help the crawlers find your content faster.
Add links to the home page
The homepage is like a hub. A big amount of visitors can find you by your website’s name (if it’s a memorable one).
Once a visitor comes to your homepage, he will start searching for any way out of it.
They need links, articles, products, or any similar page, which can be interesting for them to visit.
That’s why including the most important pages on your homepage, can help bots and visitors to find your content and index it with ease.
Use categories for your articles
Categorizing articles is not only beneficial but a must. If your website has many sub-topics it is best to categorize each one of them and include them on your homepage.
Having categories can help you easily assign posts and let users and bots get to the content much faster.
Manually submit URLs to Google for indexing
If you are not getting your articles indexed in Google, you can manually submit URLs directly. All you have to do is take the URL, which needs to be pushed for indexing, go to your Google Search console and input it there.
Once you press “Enter” GSC will show if the article is indexed or not. If an article is not indexed, you can click on the link “Request indexing”.
It might take around 2-3 minutes for the article to be submitted for review.
Keep in mind that you have a daily quota for indexing requests, and submitting a link for indexing, does not mean that it will actually be indexed by Google.
It might take several days and requests for your content to get indexed, but in the end, you will not be left behind.