Many people often wonder how long it will take for search engines to start listing their site in search results. Although this is a valid question, unfortunately, there is no definite answer for everyone. This may be frustrating for some, but luckily there are a few things you can do to speed up the process and get your site listed as soon as possible! Here are four steps you can take to ensure your site gets crawled and indexed quickly.
The first thing you can do to get search engines to take notice of your site is to submit your URL to Google and Bing. This is a very simple process and can be completed in just minutes. To send your URL to Google, sign into your Google account, or sign up for one if you don’t have one already. Next, you simply submit your URL in the provided space and you are finished. The process of sending your URL to Bing does not even require you to sign in.
The next step you can take to get indexed by search engines is to make and send a sitemap to search engines. A sitemap is an XML document that shows all of the pages you have on your site. This documents assists the bots in crawling your website and simplifies the process for them. Additionally, a sitemap will help search engines know how frequently your site is updated with new content. This helps them know how many times they should visit your site to re crawl it in a given time period.
You can create a sitemap in WordPress by using the Google XML sitemap plugin, or other comparable tools if you use a different program. You can submit your sitemap to Google by signing in to your webmaster tools account, adding your site to webmaster tools, then going to optimization, sitemaps, add/test sitemaps.
One of the most important things search engines will look for in your site is high quality, relevant content. Search engines will reward your site if you have provided content that makes sense, is keyword rich, and aligns with your business. So if you are in the massage therapy industry, your site can contain content about different massage techniques, the benefits of massage, aromatherapy, and other related topics. On the other hand, a massage therapy business who has articles about baking tips or fashion advice on their site will be considered much less relevant by search engines.
Also important, search engines take into account how often you update your content. This means you should try to update your content frequently, and if you don’t have a blog on your site, consider starting one immediately. At the very least, you should be blogging a few times a month, but weekly is even better. This will keep the attention of search engines on you and help your site rank higher in search results.
Search engine bots locate different websites by following the links placed on other sites. The higher the amount of incoming links your site has, the more search engines will be directed toward your site, and the faster you will get indexed. Furthermore, if you can obtain incoming links from sites who are comparable to your site, you will be viewed as higher quality and given a boost in search result pages.
You can get these incoming links to your site by guest blogging on similar websites, or by sending articles and press releases to various services online. Keep in mind you only want to seek after high quality incoming links. Links that appear to come from sites meant only to link back to others will actually reduce your chances of being indexed and receiving a high ranking.
Bonus Tip: One of the easiest ways to get links to your site is by using social media for your business. Create a Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, or LinkedIn profile and you can link back to your main website.
We hope these tips will help you get your site indexed as quickly as possible! Remember it may take some time, so try to have some patience with the process.
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