Methods of getting your pages indexed faster
If a page is not included in Google’s index, there is approximately zero chance of benefiting from organic traffic. In some cases, this may be the desired outcome; in most cases, it is not.
To benefit more quickly from search engine optimization (SEO), it is important to learn how to get Google to index your pages faster and overcome some common crawling and indexing issues to have the best chance to rank for your target keywords ahead of your competition.
Sometimes Google may not index your website, and it is necessary to take some extra steps to get the search engines to crawl and index your site.
This article will look at what Google indexing is and some of the causes why Google may not crawl and index your web pages.
What is Google indexing, and how do search engines index web pages?
Website crawling and indexing is an intricate process that search engines use to gather information across the internet. For example, if you search for your Instagram handle on Google, you will see your Instagram profile along with the title of your page.
Essentially, prior to indexing a website, search engines are required to crawl the website. In order to crawl a website, search engines must be able to follow the link.
There may be cases where a webmaster does not want the search engines to follow a particular link. Therefore in these cases, search engines will not be able to index the web page and rank it in the search results.
Search engines use search engine bots (sometimes known as web spiders or web crawlers to crawl a webpage. Google’s web crawler is known as the Googlebot; with Bing search engine, it’s called Bingbot, Baidu is called Baidubot, and to disrupt the pattern, Yandex search engine is known as Yandexspider. Yahoo search engine gets its web search results from Bing. So the Bingbot serves both the Bing and Yahoo search engines to supplement new content.
How to check if Google has already indexed your webpages
The first part of the process is gaining an understanding of your website’s indexation rate. You can uncover your indexation rate by looking at the number of pages in Google’s index divided by the total number of pages on your website.
You can use Google Search Console to review the number of pages your website has indexed through the “Index Coverage Status Report”.
If you spot errors in the report or if a significant number of web pages are outside of the index, the below may be the causes:
- Your sitemap might include URLs that cannot be indexed (for example, the pages in question are set to NOINDEX, or they are blocked via robots.txt, or they may require a user login to view the page)
- Your website may consist of a substantial number of ‘low quality’ or duplicate pages that Google considers as unworthy
- Your website may not yet have enough ‘authority’ to justify all the pages
How to get your web pages indexed in Google
Due to various Google updates, it is necessary to execute correctly and deliver the appropriate experience in order to grab Google’s attention. Essentially, if your website does not match Google’s guidelines concerning trust, authority, and quality, you will be facing an uphill battle to get indexed on Google.
However, if you are doing the basics right, below are some quick tactics to help boost your website’s indexation rate:
- Open the page in question on Google Chrome.
- Share the web page on social media channels.
- Link to the page from your website home page.
- Add other internal links on other pages of your website.
- Link to the page from a fresh blog post.
- Run the page URL through Google’s Mobile-Friendly Test Tool.
- Run the page through Google Search Console’s URL Inspection Tool.
- Include your sitemap in the Google Search Console if you haven’t done so already.
- Get backlinks from other websites.
- Identify an area of your website that often gets indexed more quickly and add a link from that section to the new page URL.
The best way to protect your website and set a strong foundation for your search engine performance is to get search engines to index your site as quickly as possible. By following the guidance and methods in this article, you can index your website on Google quickly and efficiently.
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