Simple ways to get Google to index your pages quicker
You have a new website that has been published recently and you can't wait to see it in the search results? We've all been there, just follow these recommendations and your site will get indexed in no time.
What does it take?
Create a sitemap
Sitemap is a list of a website’s URLs and helps search engines read information about the site. Creating a sitemap will help Google index your website quickly, because you give the crawlers data, structured in a way they understand best.
You can make your sitemap available to Google by submitting it in your Search Console account or by adding it to your robots.txt file. There’s also another way to do this, by using the “ping” functionality and request Google to crawl your sitemap. The HTTP GET request should look like this:
Use Google Console’s URL Inspection tool
URL Inspection tool offers an overview of Google’s indexed version of a page. You can inspect a URL and check if Google has already indexed it and if this isn’t the case like shown in the picture below, you can submit a request for indexing.
URL Inspection tool
In addition, this tool provides information about whether the page can be indexed by Google and will notify you of any potential indexing errors.
Pay attention to your website’s structure
Your website structure should follow a logical and intuitive hierarchy. The information should be organised in a way to ensure an easy and simple navigation.
Your URLs should be structured properly as well. They need to be simple and relevant to the content of the page.
Use internal links to help Google crawl and index your page quicker. Make sure the two interlinking pages are relevant to each other and the links are used appropriately.
Start building backlinks
Backlink is a link to your website and published on another one. It’s basically an incoming link to your website.
Backlinks building does not only contribute to the site’s ranking, but it’s also a great way to get Google to index your website.
These external links will help crawlers get to your site faster. As crawlers go through the information published on a website, they will visit your site if there’s a hyperlink leading to any of your pages.
Stop Google for indexing certain pages
Make sure the content that’s read by search engines is relevant and quality. A lot of pages with low quality content can reduce the number of times Google visits, indexes and ranks the website.
Those pages might be relevant to your visitors but not to search engines and for this reason you should keep the crawlers away! Prevent pages to be indexed by adding the “no index” meta tag, using the robots.txt file or do it directly in Google Search Console.
Share your page on sites with high traffic
This can help with both, indexation and driving a lot of traffic. There are a lot of popular sites where you can post a link to your site. Use this opportunity and promote your website