8 tips to properly index your site to Google

11/24/2020 12:00 AM by seowebsitestats in Seo

How do you index your site to Google? How do I ask for Google’s quick indexing? I’ll show you how to index a page in less than 3 minutes. We’ll also talk about 8 tips to make it easier for Google to index your site.

Above all, it is very important to understand how Google’s search engine works,there are mainly 3 steps:

  1. The crawl: i.e. the analysis of the pages
  2. Indexing: Once analyzed, Google indexes the pages in its search engine, they become visible to the user
  3. The ranking: On the queries of Internet users, Google will propose a page ranking that it deems to be of good quality and relevant.

I already mentioned these 3 steps in the following article: How does Google work?

how to index website quickly to google

How do I know if your website is indexed?

This is the first step, before you know how to index your site to Google, you must already check if it is not already indexed. In many cases, this is already the case, your website is probably already indexed. When you create a website, you first have to block Google’s indexing. Google should not index your website while it is under construction. So it’s good to block Google via the bots.txt file.

If this manipulation has not been done then it is very likely that Google is already indexed a few pages of the site. To verify this, enter the “site:” command in front of your domain name. Example: site:redback-optimisation.fr. Look at the results, if you see content then there are already indexed pages. If you can’t see anything, follow my tips below.


8 tips for indexing your site to Google?


1. Ask Google for indexing

This is the easiest and fastest technique. How do you index your site to Google? Just ask Google for indexing, simply. To do this, you have to install Google Search Console, it takes 5 minutes. This tool offered free of charge by Google allows us to follow the correct indexing of the pages of its site.

To request indexing from Google, go to “URL Inspection” and enter your domain name. Normally, you will see a message in grey telling you that the URL in question has not been indexed by Google. Then click the “DEMANDER AN INDEXATION” button.

That’s all, in less than 3 minutes, Google will come and analyze the page. If all goes well, it will be quickly indexed. This is how to ask Google for indexing.


2. Working on your internal mesh

The internal mesh is the set of internal links that there are on a website. This is one of the most important criteria in natural referencing. What for? Simply because Google uses links to navigate from page to page. Like any internet user, he will click on the links to go visit the landing page and so on.

If there aren’t many internal links on your website, you’ll limit Google’s browsing. Some pages may be forgotten and never indexed. Bye bye indexing on Google.

So you need to add links to other pages on your website. This will make it easier to navigate Google. To properly index your site to Google, I always recommend that:

  • Each page makes at least 3 internal links
  • Each page receives at least 3 internal links
  • The anchor of the links varies as much as possible
  • The most important pages receive the most internal links

To learn more about the internal mesh, you can take a look at my full guide on the subject.


3. Working his netlinking

Netlinking is the acquisition of backlinks, those links that come from other websites. Unlike the internal mesh, these links are external to the website. On the other hand, like internal links, Google uses them to navigate from page to page. So it’s more interesting to try to put links from sites that are already indexed by Google.

Netlinking is good for facilitating and speeding up Google’s indexing because Google will discover your site from one it already knows. This is a recommendation, and that’s good for your visibility on the search engine. I talk a little more about it in my article on SEO backlinks.


4. Create a sitemap

The sitemap is the map of the site. It’s like when you visit an unknown city, you can do it but you go much faster with a map. For the search engine, it’s the same thing, if you give it the site plan in advance, it will be much easier and faster for him to index a site on Google.

For this, there are many SEO plugins on WordPress. The best known is Yoast SEO, which allows you to set up a sitemap by indicating the pages you want to index and the one you don’t want. Other plugins do the job like Rankmath SEO, SEOPress, XML Sitemap and Google News or Google XML Sitemap Generator

To properly index your site to Google, you have to set up your sitemap and send it to Google via Google Search Console – Index – Sitemap.

The sitemap is particularly effective on websites that have a large number of pages. This has less impact if your site has about 20 pages.


5. Increase page size

How do you index your site to Google if it contains too little text? For Google, a page with very few words is a low-quality page. I always recommend that each page of the site make at least 1000 words and 500 words minimum for product listings. As a rule, Google loves pages that contain an average of 3000 words. Inevitably, the more words there are, the more likely it is to be visible on a large number of the user’s queries. A very long blog post, so it’s a lot of traffic and visibility.

So avoid pages with less than 300 words because Google will tend not to index them. In any case, these pages are harmful to your REFERencing.


6. Improve fast loading speed

Google works like a surfer. If a page is too long to load, it can go its way. It should be understood that Google has some time allocated to each website. This is called budget crawl. If a page is difficult to reach, Google will take longer and exhaust the time allotted to visit the site before visiting all the pages.

So it is necessary to facilitate the navigation of Google,we saw it above with the internal mesh but this is also true for tree of the site or even the speed of loading. To improve loading time and properly index your site to Google, you need to:

  • Optimize images
  • Use a cache plugin like Wp rocket
  • Delete unused resources in the page (the Asset Clean Up plugin does the job well)
  • In some cases, it is possible to create AMP pages on the mobile version


7. Have a mobile version

Google has now moved to a “Mobile First Index,” which means it’s happening on the mobile version to index pages. This may sound logical, but it’s worth remembering that you have to have a mobile version of your website. On WordPress, almost all premium templates fit well on smartphone but you always have to think about working on mobile design as much as on PC.

Buttons that are too big, text is unreadable, or mobile charging time is too long and Google may not index a page. Remember to always check the mobile version and errors of the Search Console in Mobile Ergonomics Improvements.


8. Add new content regularly

Google visits your website irregularly. Sometimes a few hours, sometimes a few weeks. If you want to improve the indexing of your pages, you have to get used to the robots coming to visit your website. The solution: publish new content regularly on the same day at the same time.

If Google knows that you publish a new blog post every Wednesday at 9:00 a.m., it will come to see this content every Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. Your content will therefore be indexed much more quickly.

Cases where Google does not index a page

The page returns an error http://ed

There are several HTTP codes, the best known are:

  • 200: the page is well accessible
  • 301: The page is redirected to another URL
  • 404: The page does not exist or more

When Google scans (crawl) a page, it will only index it if it is in code 200. There is no point in showing users a “Error 404” page. For 301 errors, it’s less serious because it’s the final page that will be well indexed.

Make sure you make your pages accessible by conducting an SEO audit of your website. 100% of your links must be in code 200.


The page is too deep

It comes back to the Budget Crawl. The depth of a page is judged by the number of clicks it takes to find it. The more clicks, the less the user will make the effort to find it. On average, a user makes only 3 clicks on a website. Pages that can be accessed in 4, 5 or 6 clicks may not be indexed by Google. Generally, the depth is related to pagination or a bad tree.


The content of the page is duplicated

If you’re copying, don’t be surprised that your page is never visited. Google fights duplicated content and may not index a page if its content is a compliant copy of a page already in its index.

The page is blocked at indexing


How do you index your site to Google if it is blocked from indexing? At the beginning of this article, I was talking about the 3 steps of how Google works: analysis, indexing, ranking. It is possible to control these three steps:

  • The scan is controlled with a note block file named robots.txt Google does not visit the page
  • Indexing is controlled with the “No-index” tag – Google does not index the page
  • Ranking is controlled by optimizing the site’s SEO content.

If a page is blocked in Step 1 or Step 2, then it will not be indexed. Not all pages that you want to index should appear in the robot.txt and should not be in “No-index.”


Should all pages of the site be indexed on Google?

This is an interesting question, should we let Google index 100% of the pages of its website? I don’t think so. Google relies on the quality of each page to judge the overall quality of the site. The weakly optimized pages therefore pull the site down. I don’t think they should be indexed. This is the case, for example:

  • Pages of legal mentions
  • “Photo gallery” or “video gallery” pages if they do not contain text
  • Duplicated pages (current on WordPress)
  • Inactive pages: pages that do 0 SEO sessions per month.

I’m talking about this advanced SEO technique in this blog post.


How do I de-index a page?

What if a page is already indexed when you want to delete it? It is very simple and I talk about it in detail in the article quoted above. There are three steps to follow:

  1. Add the page to the robot file.txt the page will no longer be scanned
  2. Add a No-index tag – the page will no longer be indexed
  3. Request the deletion of the index page in Search Console – Index – Deletes


How do you index your site to Google?


Final Words

We’ve seen that the easiest way is to ask Google for a page to be indexed. This usually takes 3 minutes per page. I also shared 8 simple tips for a good indexing of his website. There is one important element about indexing, which is to check the correct indexing of these pages every week.

Just because Google has indexed a page doesn’t mean it’s over. For the past 2 years, the search engine has multiplied the deindexation bug. I even had my home page deindexed 3 days last year. Added to this, the unintended mistakes that can be made while working on one’s website can cause a lot of damage, without anyone noticing.

It is therefore very important to go to the Search Console every week (every month for a small site) to check the correct indexing of its website. Look specifically at the data in the “Cover” tab. Google processes sitemap data (sent pages) and data it found on its own (known pages). Observe errors and warnings, but especially look at the data in the “Excluded” section,there may be indexable pages that are not indexed.

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