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Rick Hammond March 31, 2021
March 31, 2021
Indexing your website and pages on Google so they’re locatable in the SERPs relies on two processes:
Here’s an analogy:
GoogleBot is strolling through a library, it encounters a new book it’s never seen before.
This book permits GoogleBot to see it – to look through it – GoogleBot then crawls the book, analyzing and following its content.
Once it’s analyzed the book, it can go about storing its information in the library database.
Without crawling, the book is never found, without indexing, it can never be searched in the database.
Once crawled and indexed, Google will rank a page in the SERPs – and you’ll be able to find it via Google Search.
The Google Search Index is over 100,000,000 gigabytes in size – that’s a lot of information to index, and it does raise the question of how Google goes about crawling and indexing an ever-increasing resource.
It’s worth bearing in mind that only a small percentage of the internet is actually indexed, so SEOs can’t take indexation for granted.
Luckily, most of the unindexed or ‘deep web’ is paywall or password protected content, dead or dormant content, spam and other information that doesn’t need to be in the index.
How Do I Index My Site?
It goes without saying that to get anything indexed on Google, you have to create a functional website with pages and content.
Building a site with some content is a good idea before you take steps to go ‘live’ and get it indexed. There’s no rule of thumb here really, but you’ll want your site fit for users, error-free and functional on both mobile and desktop.
In fact, Google uses mobile-first indexing now anyway, meaning they crawl and index the mobile version of a site. That means your site needs to be absolutely cut-out for mobile UX.
If you’re reading up about indexing then it’s possible that you’ve not built your site yet, or are still in the process of building it.
You might be using a site builder, like Wix, or might be developing your site yourself using WordPress and a theme fromThemeForest
Most modern site builders and themes are fully responsive, meaning they’re mobile-optimized and will seamlessly respond to mobile and tablet browsing.
But, mobile optimization is still something to watch out for when adding plugins and other content and elements – bear in mind that Google will index and rank your site based on the mobile version – this is very important!
Indexing Your Site
Google Search Console
Once you’ve developed your site, you’ll need to take a few extra steps to prepare it for indexing and ranking.
The first step is to set yourself up withGoogle Search Console
. This is crawling and indexing HQ – a one-stop-shop for basic SEO that is totally free.
Search Console will also let you access Google Analytics to measure and analyze site traffic.
There really is no trade-off or substitution for using Google Search Console – it’s pretty much essential and is thankfully very easy to set up and use.
Once you set up Search Console with your Google Account, you’ll have to add your site as a ‘Property’.
- Install Yoast SEO on your WordPress site (for Wix and other site builders you’ll use SEO Tools)
- Open Search Console
- On the Search menu, find ‘Add a property’
- Copy the HTML Tag (there are other methods, but this is the easiest)
- Head into Yoast (or SEO Tools or equivalent for your site builder)
- Copy the tag into the field (Webmaster tools on Yoast)
- This should verify your site – it can now be indexed
Not quite done yet – you need a sitemap.
Sitemaps translate very literally – they’re maps of your site and its pages.
Once your site is hosted, Google will eventually crawl it and it should eventually index it, even without using Search Console. But, this really isn’t the best route to go down, and you’re best off uploading a sitemap to Search Console – indexing is much faster that way.
You can create sitemaps using Yoast or use an XML sitemap creator like XML Sitemaps. Once you create a sitemap file, you’ll need to add it to your site using Yoast or equivalent for site builders.
Then, head into Google Search Console > Sitemaps (under Index) > Add a Sitemap.
Once you’re done, Google will crawl your site and you’ll be able to analyze its status in Search Console – your first step to getting your site properly indexed in the SERPs!
After your sitemap has been crawled, you’ll be able to check the indexation status of your site’s URLs – be patient as it can take a few days.
Your base site and its main pages should be indexed shortly after loading up a sitemap.
When you add new content, your sitemap will be updated – GoogleBot will look there and find your new content and pages.
But, you can also use theInspect URL
field at the top. Paste URLs for new content into this field and you can inspect them – to find that they’re not indexed – and then hit Request Indexing.
This could save about a week or so versus simply waiting for Google to index your new page at its own accord.
Google has a guide on how to use the URL Inspection Tool here.
Does Google Crawl and Index All Content?
Google has its work cut out – it’s crawling and indexing millions of pages on a near-constant basis.
The short answer is no, Google does not guarantee that your pages will be indexed.
To get pages indexed, they need to provide some value to the user – they need to be worthy of Google’s resources.
“Note: Requesting a crawl does not guarantee that inclusion will happen instantly or even at all. Our systems prioritize the fast inclusion of high quality, useful content.”
This is pretty much why SEO revolves around content, and why the internet is indeed a library and not just a big box of random bits and pieces. Google wants to create a content-rich universe, not a stack of chaotic information that evidently provides no value.
There are other factors and variables too, including your site’s crawl budget and you robots.txt file.
But, for new sites with a small amount of content, Search Console + sitemaps should get your site indexed.
Checking Indexation Status
By far the easiest and best way to check and manage indexation status is with the Search Console.
The URL Inspection Tool will tell if a page is indexed. You can also see this in the Sitemap section of the Search Console.
However, there are other tools designed for checking indexation status, and some of them do display other handy information on your pages:
This nifty free tool provides a full SEO report – for free – with actionable tips. It’ll also grade your site with an SEO score out of 100.
An impressive free tool, the WebFX Google Indexing Checker will tell you whether or not your pages are indexed and well as breaking down all the core SEO features of your site alongside a pass or fail grade. Any errors will be explained and tips are given for fixing them.
- Full free SEO audit tool with indexing checker
- Also checks for XML sitemaps and robots.txt files
- Displays free actionable tips
- Can be re-run again for free
Linkody Index Checker
This extremely simple index checker does what it says on the tin – simply copy URLs into the field and it will check whether or not they’ve been indexed.
Whilst you may not need tools like this when you’re using Search Console, they’re useful for checking the indexing status of pages on the go, e.g. on your phone when you can’t or don’t want to log in to Search Console.
- Ultra-simple single or batch URL indexing checker
Small SEO Tools Index Checker
Small SEO’s set of free tools are awesome for SEO beginners and novices. This simple tool allows you to check up to 5 URLs for indexing purposes. It can be re-run again with more URLs.
- Simple lightweight URL indexation checker
Northcutt Index Checker
From another excellent free SEO tool provider, Northcutt. The Northcutt index checker tells you whether a page or domain has been indexed or not – simple. Note that large sites will probably exceed their request limit (but most are fine).
- Simple index checker for single pages or entire domains
Link Indexing Tools
Not everything on the internet gets indexed. Google will only index pages that it deems relevant, valuable, and trustworthy – pages that deserve a spot in its library.
This can pose issues, and links you want to be indexed in Google may not be indexed in some scenarios.
Link indexing tools are tools that help ‘push’ links to Google and other search engines (but mainly Google), forcing (or trying to force) Google to index them.
They’re relatively grey-hat. The general idea is to ‘push’ links that Google would probably not index naturally.
They can be handy when you publish a guest post and don’t really know when it’ll be indexed but are usually used for indexing spammy or low-quality content that is ignored by Google.
There are some legit uses, say the site you publish a guest post on could be very bloated, or poorly optimized for crawl budget, meaning your content won’t be indexed for weeks, months, or at all!
The guest post itself might be very good, though, but is unfortunately lost in the noise, and Search Console can’t help here as the site isn’t your property.
A link indexer can help you in this scenario, though.
Other Legit Uses for Link Indexing Tools Include:
- Getting social profiles indexed – these might contain your link. Some social profiles on lesser-known sites have a larger area for writing bios – this provides you with an opportunity to link your site for some link juice. But you’ll need Google to index that page to pick up that link. Link indexers can help you do that.
- This also might apply to other social site content, for example, some people have used Omega Indexer to get their YouTube playlists indexed. This could yield traffic from people clicking onto your site from that playlist. Another example is Pinterest boards – Google simply might never index them and you can’t find out why. Another legit use for link indexing tools.
- If you create some good content for another site, they publish it, but you find it’s unindexed after some time, you can use a link indexer to push it to Google. Of course, there will likely be legitimate reasons why Google didn’t index naturally and spammy or manual actioned sites could be one reason. But, it’s possible that the post doesn’t get indexed due to crawl budget or other technical SEO issues.
- If you make changes to social profiles (e.g. site address, email, phone numbers, etc), then you can use link indexers to push these to Google. You don’t have control over these sites so Search Console would be of no use.
- If a site goes down and has a lot of links attached to it, link indexers are a quick way to get those links re-indexed. Basically, they just alert Google that this renewed site is back on the internet.
Tier 2 and Tier 3 Backlinks
he kind of links you push to a link indexer are known as tier 2 or tier 3 backlinks.
Tier 2 backlinks are links from comments, social profiles, posts, and other content where your link is placed in relatively thin content.
Tier 1, on the other hand, are your high-grade genuine content-based links that are designed for organic ranking as well.
Tier 3 links are basically spam. They can be posted on any page (that allows link following) with low trust and authority.
Obviously, these links are often not indexed at all, thus providing no link juice.
That’s why you use a link index tool to ‘push’ these links to Google – a common grey-hat or black-hat link-building method.
To do this, these sites likely have some sort of network where your link is placed temporarily until indexed, or somehow hit Google’s server with that link until it indexes it. They might use other ways to guide Google to your link also, like providing it with some (likely fake) social signals.
The following tools should be used with caution:
Omega Indexer is an indexing tool that works for the above use cases.
You create a ‘campaign’ and add your links then request Omega ‘drips feeds’ them to Google. This helps links stay under the Google Penguin radar – which downplays or refuses to index low-quality links.
Omega Indexer works over around 5 days. It’s not 100% successful but testimonials reveal a good rate of success with hard-to-index links.
Omega Indexer works via credits. 1 Credit = 1 Link = $0.02.
- Allegedly uses Google Search Console to ‘drip feed’ Google your links for indexing
- Works in around 5 days
- Cheap to use and experiment with
Elite Link Indexer
Very similar to Omega Indexer, Elite Link Indexer is another paid tool for pushing hard-to-index tier 2 and tier 3 links to Google.
The claim indexation rates of around 64% (high for a service like this). They claim to use white-hat methods to get links noticed by Google.
Elite Link Indexer costs $10 a month for 5,000 links, enough for most users.
- Alleged 64% success rate
- Claims to use white-hat methods
Google and other search engines are choosey with their index, which is fair enough.
Without screening content and its links, Google would be rammed full of spam content.
For sure, the best method of link building is via the creation of quality content and content marketing. Use Search Console and the URL Inspection Tool to request indexing of genuine content you publish on your site (though it will be indexed naturally after some time – usually just days for small sites).
If you’re looking for methods of pushing other links to Google using grey-hat link-building tools, then there are options. These tools do have legitimate uses too, though, so shouldn’t always be frowned upon.
Proceed with caution and good luck!
What is Google indexing in SEO? ›
A page is indexed by Google if it has been visited by the Google crawler ("Googlebot"), analyzed for content and meaning, and stored in the Google index. Indexed pages can be shown in Google Search results (if they follow Google's webmaster guidelines).What is Google's SEO tool? ›
The tool lets you dive deep into your site's organic traffic (clicks), average positions, CTRs, keyword visibility, and more. Google Search Console also lets you learn about technical SEO issues on your site.Is Google indexing free? ›
To perform a quick Google index check, you can use our free online Google site index checker. There are two ways to do in Google index checking: one by one for each and every page or by using Google index checker php.How can I improve Google indexing? ›
- Track Crawl Status With Google Search Console.
- Create Mobile-Friendly Webpages.
- Update Content Regularly.
- Submit A Sitemap To Each Search Engine.
- Optimize Your Interlinking Scheme.
- Deep Link To Isolated Webpages.
- Minify On-Page Resources & Increase Load Times.
- Fix Pages With Noindex Tags.
The simplest method of getting a page indexed is to do absolutely nothing. Google has crawlers following links and thus, provided your site is in the index already and that the new content is linked to from within your site, Google will eventually discover it and add it to its index.What 3 Google tools would you use for SEO? ›
- Lighthouse. Lighthouse is a web page performance improvement tool that is built into every browser that is based on Chrome. ...
- Test My Site. Google's Test My Site auditing tool offers two metrics: ...
- Page Speed Insights. ...
- Safe Browsing Test. ...
- Google Trends.
The three kinds of SEO are: On-page SEO – Anything on your web pages – Blogs, product copy, web copy. Off-page SEO – Anything which happens away from your website that helps with your SEO Strategy- Backlinks. Technical SEO – Anything technical undertaken to improve Search Rankings – site indexing to help bot crawling.What type of indexing does Google use? ›
Instead, search engines (including Google) use an inverted index, also known as a reverse index.What are indexes in Google? ›
The Google index is similar to an index in a library, which lists information about all the books the library has available. However, instead of books, the Google index lists all of the webpages that Google knows about. When Google visits your site, it detects new and updated pages and updates the Google index.How long does it take for Google indexing? ›
As a rule of thumb, we usually estimate: 3–4 weeks for websites with less than 500 pages. 2–3 months for websites with 500 to 25,000 pages. 4–12 months for websites with more than 25,000 pages.
Is indexing important for SEO? ›
Proper website indexing allows search engines to see all of your important pages and gives your site a major boost. It can even send you on your way to page one.What are 3 methods to get better Google searches? ›
- Be specific with what you want. ...
- Use + and - ...
- Put key phrases in quotes. ...
- Use tabs to specify what you're looking for. ...
- Advanced search tips. ...
- Look for something on social media. ...
- Add website info into search. ...
- Definitions, equations, language translations.
If your page doesn't provide unique, valuable content that Google wants to show to users, you will have a hard time getting it indexed (and shouldn't be surprised). Google may recognize some of your pages as duplicate content, even if you didn't mean for that to happen.What is the most popular SEO tool? ›
- Ahrefs: SEO Keyword Tool. ...
- Google Search Console: Top SEO Tool. ...
- SEMRush: Marketing SEO Tools. ...
- KWFinder: SEO Keyword Tool. ...
- Moz Pro: SEO Software. ...
- Ubersuggest: Keyword Tracking Tool.
- Answer The Public: Free SEO Tools. ...
- SpyFu: Free SEO Tools.
- Understand Your Site's Core Web Vitals.
- Optimize for Google Passage Ranking.
- Focus on Featured Snippets.
- Learn the EAT Principle.
- Support Long-Tail Keyword Phrases.
- Create New Content.
- Update Old Content.
- Focus on User Experience.
Indexing is an important part of what a search engine does. Without indexing, all the pages Googlebot crawls don't have a place to live — and the ranking systems don't have the input they need to do their work. If Google can't index your site it can't appear in the search results.What is indexing in technical SEO? ›
Indexing is the process of storing web pages in the index – a search engine's database. It is a necessary step before you can see your website on Google. And on average, 16% of valuable pages on popular websites aren't indexed.Does Google use indexing? ›
Indexing: Google analyzes the text, images, and video files on the page, and stores the information in the Google index, which is a large database. Serving search results: When a user searches on Google, Google returns information that's relevant to the user's query.How many types of SEO tools are there? ›
Main Types of SEO. There are three main types of SEO, each with their own set of guidelines and potential impact. Those types are called on-page, off-page, and technical SEO.What are Google's tools called? ›
What is G Suite? G Suite is a collection of business, productivity, collaboration, and education software developed and powered by Google. The primary G Suite tools include Gmail, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, Calendar, Google+, Sites, Hangouts, and Keep.
Is Google Analytics a SEO tool? ›
Google Analytics is a web analytics service that provides statistics and basic analytical tools for search engine optimization (SEO) and marketing purposes.What are the 3 C's of SEO? ›
Simply put, the fundamentals of SEO can be boiled down to The 3 Cs: content, code and credibility.What are the 7 C's of digital marketing? ›
And a great approach to take is to implement the 7 Cs- customer, content, context, community, convenience, cohesion, conversion. Customers play a key role in the success of your company, and making them the center of your marketing efforts is the number one requisite for the 7 Cs model marketing to work.What are two techniques of SEO? ›
SEO techniques are classified into two broad categories: White Hat SEO - Techniques that search engines recommend as part of a good design. Black Hat SEO - Techniques that search engines do not approve and attempt to minimize the effect of. These techniques are also known as spamdexing.What are the two main parts of SEO? ›
SEO is divided in two parts: On-page SEO and off-page SEO. On-page SEO refers to all techniques that can be implemented on your website to improve your ranking in SERP (search engine results pages), whereas off-page SEO refers to everything that can be done outside of your website to improve its visibility on the web.What is SEO algorithm? ›
As an Internet marketing strategy, SEO considers how search engines work, the computer-programmed algorithms that dictate search engine behavior, what people search for, the actual search terms or keywords typed into search engines, and which search engines are preferred by their targeted audience.What are two types of indexing? ›
Two main types of indexing methods are: Primary Indexing. Secondary Indexing.How do I index my website on Google? ›
- Submit a sitemap. ...
- Make sure that people know about your site. ...
- Provide comprehensive link navigation within your site. ...
- Submit an indexing request for your homepage. ...
- Sites that use URL parameters rather than URL paths or page names can be harder to crawl.
B-tree-indexing is one of the most popular and commonly used indexing techniques. B-tree is a type of tree data structure that contains 2 things namely: Index Key and its corresponding disk address.What are index examples? ›
- S&P 500.
- Dow Jones Industrial Average.
- Nasdaq Composite.
- S&P 100.
- Russell 1000.
- S&P MidCap 400.
- Russell Midcap.
- Russell 2000.
How often is Google indexing? ›
It's one of the most common questions in the SEO community. Although it varies, the average crawl time can be anywhere from 3-days to 4-weeks depending on a myriad of factors. Google's algorithm is a program that uses over 200 factors to decide where websites rank amongst others in Search.What is the purpose of indexing? ›
Indexing, broadly, refers to the use of some benchmark indicator or measure as a reference or yardstick. In finance and economics, indexing is used as a statistical measure for tracking economic data such as inflation, unemployment, gross domestic product (GDP) growth, productivity, and market returns.How many pages are in Google's index? ›
The Google index contains hundreds of billions of web pages and takes up over 100 million gigabytes of memory. Additionally, Google doesn't limit how many pages on a website can be indexed.Why does Google indexing take so long? ›
From our experience, it can take several days, or sometimes even months for Google to index new content and even then, it is reliant on a multitude of factors, including the age of your site domain (newer websites may take longer to index) as well as the site authority your current website and/or content has.How often is Google index updated? ›
It can take less than a day or up to four weeks for your website to be indexed. How long it takes for your website to be indexed is based on your site's popularity, structure, and crawlability. Keep checking your sitemap status in Google Search Console every day to have the latest Google search update.What is indexing and ranking? ›
Indexing: is the gathering of contents found during the crawling process. If a page is on this list, it means that the search engine indexed it, and it can appear among the search results for the related queries. Ranking: is the order in which the indexed results appear on the result page (SERP).What are the advantages of indexing? ›
- Easier and faster collaboration. ...
- Time savings. ...
- Audit compliance. ...
- Absence of physical storage space. ...
- Safety and security. ...
- Going green.
- Simplicity. Simplicity is the most important quality of indexing. ...
- Economical. A good indexing should be economical. ...
- Flexibility. A good indexing should be flexible. ...
- Quick location. A good indexing system should quickly locate needed files and documents. ...
- Suitability. ...
- Safety. ...
The answer is typically B - keywords and phrases. In most cases, you do not want to type in a long sentence or sentence fragment. Taking your search topic and translating it into the most important keywords that describe your topic is the most effective search technique.What is the best search strategy? ›
Choose search terms
Use a thesaurus to identify synonyms. Search for your concepts on a search engine like Google Scholar, scanning the results for alternative words and phrases. Examine relevant abstracts or articles for alternative words, phrases and subject headings (if the database uses subject headings).
How can I improve my SEO searches? ›
- Publish Relevant, Authoritative Content. ...
- Update Your Content Regularly. ...
- Metadata. ...
- Have a link-worthy site. ...
- Use alt tags.
Google can index smaller websites in 4-days to 6-weeks, while larger websites can take more than 6-months to completely index in Google.How can I tell if Google has indexed my site? ›
- Open the URL Inspection tool.
- Enter the complete URL to inspect. A few notes: The URL must be in the current property. ...
- Read how to understand the results.
- Optionally test the live URL.
- Optionally request indexing for the URL.
The fears that SEO is too complicated, technical, gimmicky and involve possible penalties are common misconceptions people new to SEO have. Once you learn more about SEO yourself, you'll become more comfortable and confident to implement your own strategy or work closely with an agency.What is an example of indexing? ›
One example of indexing is the legacy Microsoft Indexing Service, which maintained an index of files on a computer or in an operating system environment. Another example is database indexing, which involves creating an index for a database structure to help expedite retrieval of data.What are the four types of indexes? ›
- Unique and non-unique indexes. ...
- Clustered and non-clustered indexes. ...
- Partitioned and nonpartitioned indexes. ...
- Bidirectional indexes. ...
- Expression-based indexes.
- Unique and non-unique indexes. ...
- Clustered and non-clustered indexes. ...
- Partitioned and nonpartitioned indexes. ...
- Bidirectional indexes. ...
- Expression-based indexes.
There are two types of Indexes in SQL Server: Clustered Index. Non-Clustered Index.What is the indexing process? ›
Indexing is regarded as the process of describing and identifying documents in terms of their subject contents. Here, The concepts are extracted from documents by the process of analysis, and then transcribed into the elements of the indexing systems, such as thesauri, classification schemes, etc.Why is SEO indexing important? ›
Proper website indexing allows search engines to see all of your important pages and gives your site a major boost. It can even send you on your way to page one.
How many methods are indexing? ›
There are primarily three methods of indexing: Clustered Indexing. Non-Clustered or Secondary Indexing. Multilevel Indexing.