You launch a new blog and put lots of content on it. But still, Google is not indexing your blog or your blog posts. But why? The answer is that creating content and expecting Google and visitors to crawl your site is like arranging a party without giving the event venue to the friends.
Same with Google. Unless you force the Google crawler to crawl your site by improving presence, your blog won't get indexed. Google crawlers depend on the links to index the entire web. If your blog has no backlinks or social media presence, there's no way for Google to discover your blog.
There are some dirty little secrets to get your new site content indexed quickly on Google. In this post, I'm going to unveil some of the secrets that I personally follow, soon after launching my new blogs to get a place in SERPs. So, how I do that?
People think that getting a new blog indexed in Google is a very complex task. The fact is that it's simpler than it seems. Because Google is hungry for new content.
Let's dive in.
How to check if your site content is indexed in Google or not?
For this, you just need to search for your new blog's URL in Google search.
Many of the blogging newbies commit a mistake of just searching for their blog name in Google and complaining that Google is not indexing their site. When the site is new, more often, you won't be ranked for even the exact brand or blog name.
Tricks to index your new blog quickly
#1. Verify your site in Google Search Console
It is a free platform provided by Google that helps bloggers and content publishers to check their site's indexing status and Google visibility. In order to add your blog to the search console, you need to sign up with your Google account at Google Search Console. There you need to add a new web property, enter your site name. Later, you need to add the verification code provided by the tool and add it to your blog. The code can be added to the theme's header.php or if you are using a child theme, you can add it using plugins like Insert Headers and Footers for WordPress.
Once you verify your site, it will be a sign to Google that your site exists.
#2. Submit the sitemap of your blog
A sitemap is nothing but a page, that contains the links to all the pages on your blog. Every time Google crawls your site, it'll find it easier to just visit the sitemap page and check if there is any new content on your site to index.
You can create a sitemap to your blog with the help of Yoast SEO or Google XML Sitemap plugin. Once you activate the plugin and enable the sitemap feature in it, go to yourblog.com/sitemap.xml there you can find the XML file listing all the pages on your blog.
Now login to Google Search Console, go to Sitemaps under Crawl section. There enter the sitemap sub-URL and hit submit.
By submitting sitemap to Google, you are making the search engine easily crawl your site, discover and index the new content you publish.
#3. Submit your site to Google
You can submit your site to Google using this link. This is just a request to Google to index your new site.
Although, it's up to Google whether to index your site or not, it's worthwhile to submit your site once.
#4. Integrate with Google Analytics
Google Analytics is one of my favorite free tools by Google, that helps track the website visitors in every possible way.
For integrating Analytics with your blog, you first need to sign up for Google Analytics. Now you need to go to admin section. There you need to add a new account. There you need to enter the details of your site. After it, "Get the tracking ID". Now you need to paste the tracking ID using plugins like Analytify or paste in the integration code in your header file.
Now after the integration, the traffic to your site will be tracked and data is collected.
It also helps Google in determining the quality of your content. It's just a strong ping for Google to consider your site.
#5. Update WordPress Ping List
There are some ping services out there on the web, that helps you index your content faster every time you publish new content.
WordPress allows you to automatically ping these services, whenever you publish new content. For accessing it, you just need to go to Settings -> Writing and there update the ping services list.
If you are on platforms other than WordPress there are tools like Pingomatic or Pingler to automate the process for you.
#6. Create website profiles
Creating social media profiles of your site, once you launch your blog helps a lot in indexation process of your new blog. You can create profiles and as well as pages on social media profiles.
In most of the social media profiles, you can include the URL to your homepage. Although the link is nofollow, it helps Google discover your blog.
Consider creating the following:
- Facebook profile
- Facebook page
- Google+ profile
- Google+ page
- Twitter account
- Pinterest profile
- LinkedIn profile
Make sure you include a link to your site on the profile page. Like, as you can see in the below screenshot.
The crawl rate of Google on popular social media sites are high. So, even if the links do not return link value, it helps in indexation of your content faster.
#7. Create some profile links
Apart from social media sites, there are other popular sites where you can create profiles on them and get a link back to your site. Below are some of the sites, where you can create profile links.
Here is the link example from my About.me profile.
#8. Submit your site to blog directories
The blog directories witnessed a bad rap due to the excessive spam going on. However, there are still some of the highly moderated blog directories that do offer some SEO and indexation benefits.
However, I recommend not to submit your site in more than 2-3 directories. Because a site with dozens of low-quality directory links received unnatural links penalty.
Let me list some of the good blog directories.
- Globe of Blogs
Consider submitting your blog to these directories, not all of them. Do it naturally, not all at once.
#9. Submit your site to social bookmarking and content curation sites
Apart from storing bookmarks on your browser, you can also do bookmarks of your favorite web pages on certain sites and browse the bookmarks of others or yours when required. These sites are called social bookmarking sites.
There are various social bookmarking sites out there, that demand manual submission.
Here are some of them.
Create a profile on these sites, and start sharing the awesome content across the web along with your content too. If you overshare your content on these sites, you tend to get less traffic and exposure gradually. That's the mistake I did in my initial days of blogging.
When more people starts visiting your site and interact with your content, Google crawls your site more often.
#10. Submit your site to whois, stats, about info collection sites
You may have noticed that there are many sites which collect the data like whois data, statistics and list of IPs of all the sites across the web. It would be a difficult job for you to submit to your site to these sites all at once.
There's a tool called IMT Website submitter that submits your site for up to 1400 places. However, you can limit the places you want the site to submit your site to. I usually keep it at 50.
Although submitting your site is not going to help you for SEO, they do help in indexation process. I personally use this service for all my niche sites, when it's new.
#11. Comment on other blogs
Blog commenting in one of the most effective ways to build some traction to your blog when it's new. It's also potentially a grey-hat SEO strategy when done in a right way.
Keep the anchor text as your author name. Most of the comments give you a no-follow comment, which has little to do with SEO and more to do with link diversity in the long term when you start building links that are dofollow and exact anchors. When the site is new, it helps you quickly index your site.
Always try to comment on the blogs that create content more often.They tend to have high crawl rate. It may be like news sites or authority sites. Don't spam, tend to leave high-quality comments with your avatar.
You may use the SEO footprints (advanced Google queries) for finding commenting opportunities like:
Keyword "Leave a Reply"
Keyword "Notify me of follow-up comments by email."
Keyword "Notify me of new posts by email"
Keyword "You can use these tags"
Keyword "No comments yet. Login to post comments."
Keyword "Submitted by Anonymous (not verified)"
#12. Interlink content
This is one of the most powerful on-page SEO strategies out there. But sadly, most of the bloggers neglect it.
When your site is new, create more and more relevant content that's evergreen. Once you start creating good content, make sure that the relevant blog posts are interlinked with each other. It boosts the crawl rate and also the crawl depth of search engines on your site. The Google crawlers when they come to your site, tend to also index the content you've interlinked to.
Make sure that internal links are relevant to the original content. You can make use of WordPress plugins like Mentionable to make the process of internal linking easier.
Apart from this, there are also various benefits of interlinking for SEO.
#13. Still struggling?
In spite of following all the above-mentioned tricks, if you are still struggling to get your new site content indexed on Google, you can make use of Fetch as Google tool to index your site instantly.
For accessing this tool, go to Google Search Console. There under the section 'crawl' go to Fetch as Google.
It indexes your site instantly, after you hit the render and submit to index button. However, in this case the content gets indexed but it will not be ranked quickly.
Personally. I tend to not use this feature often and allow my blog posts to index naturally.
If your site is new, patience is the key here. You need to be consistent in creating content. You need to follow a proper schedule for publishing content thereby you indirectly train the search engines when to expect new content from your site.
Although your new site gets indexed, it's of no use for at least first 3 months, as there will be no rankings. I recommend you to forget about Google and indexing for the first 3 months and focus on creating content, building backlinks and social media promotion.
If you are not willing to check the SERPs more often, you can set Google Alerts to send notifications when your content gets indexed on Google.
I hope you loved this post on getting Google index your site or blog quickly.