One of the most common questions online marketers ask is how to get traffic to their websites.
If you’re still stuck at that point, no problem: be sure to give this post a read.
Another frequent question is how to get indexed on Google.
After all, you want people to notice what you’re doing and not be confused, right?
Good news: this is an easy one. Just follow the advice below and you’ll be indexed pretty damn quick!
Create Rich Content
This is absolutely your #1 priority.
If you want Google to crawl your website and give your website a ranking, you need great content.
One strategy I use and that works pretty well is to write a ~1k words post with targeted keywords related to my niche.
Ideally, your article should provide value to your readers. This is how you’ll gain trust and relevance.
Don’t forget that you’re competing against the whole world!
Create a Sitemap
Sitemaps are like plans of your whole site in a neatly organized page.
Google bots love to crawl these pages: it’ll boost your visibility and inform search engines of any changes to your content.
You might not see huge advantages to using sitemaps right away, but I guarantee this is worth it in the long run.
One tool I use to create sitemaps is xml-sitemaps.com.
Manually Submit Your Website to Google
In most cases, you won’t need to do this to be indexed on Google or any search engine for that matter.
However, in some fringe cases, you might need to manually send your URL.
To do so, first reach https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/submit-url.
Simply add your complete URL and click “send.”
Check for Existing Penalties on Your Domain
Some domains actually existed in the past and might have been penalized by search engines, which might explain why your website doesn’t get indexed or ranks poorly.
Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine is perfect to see if someone else actually used your domain in the past. It’s also fun to see how some popular websites evolved since it goes all the way back to 1996!
Ok, but that actually doesn’t tell you if the domain is penalized or not. Although you can already take a guess if there was a lot of spammy/shady content posted in the past.
Panguin Tool from Barracuda
This free tool requires you have a Google Webmaster account beforehand (also free).
I admit it’s a bit confusing at first, but the graphic will help you see if any algorithm change impacted your domain.
Here’s an example from a website I ran many years ago.
In my opinion, SemRush absolutely kills it. There’s a trove of great features with that tool, I recommend you at least try it.
One such feature is the Sensor. It gives you a real “pulse” of what’s going on right now.
You’ll see Search Engine Page Results (SERPs) volatibility, trending categories and much more on a single page.
Why I’m telling you this? Well, you can also get your personal score for your website.
SemRush also gives you a complete analysis for position tracking, keywords and much more.
It’s far from the cheapest tool, but if you have cash for one SEO solution, don’t hesitate to go with this one.
Wait It out and Keep Delivering Quality Content
Usually, I get my new websites indexed on Google in approximately one week, more or less.
Be patient and your domain will find its way on various search engines.
Even if your website is not indexed yet, keep producing content for further use.
Before launching AffiliateNova, I’ve spent countless hours writing, researching and finding topics to cover.
My site wasn’t even public yet, but I knew I had to keep at it!
I’ll use this opportunity to clarify something; even if your focus isn’t on blogging, creating value and great content will always be the way to go.
Own adult tube sites? Write unique, engaging descriptions that will entice the visitors to click on your links.
You’re an Amazon affiliate? Research the newest and trendiest products, polish your media buying game, find HQ photos to post.
Quality = Trust
Trust = Sales
Until next time!