Lesson #7: Getting your site indexed by the search engines
Getting your site indexed by search engines
For getting indexed by search engines, you must make sure that your website has sufficient and unique content, also it should be free from broken links. In addition, use keywords that are highly related to the content of your website for SEO. Main keywords should be utilized in each page along with some sentences as well as throughout your web pages. You must also create a sitemap for the search engines to index all your pages(a file with XML extension).
It takes time for new sites to be crawled and indexed by search engines, and before people will be able to find your site using the search engine’s search box, this will first need to happen. This can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months and unfortunately, it depends on the search engines’ data update frequencies.Until your site is indexed, people will be able to find your site by putting your address into the url box on their web browser (Internet explorer, Firefox or whatever they are using) like “yoursite.com”.
There are some other things that you can do to move the process of getting indexed along:
- Search engines like Google show users the sites that they think the users will find useful. The most important things you can do to ensure your site will be indexed is to create good, informative content and update your site frequently.
- Search engines read text to know the topic of a page and there are three tags that specifically alert the search engine to what a page is about; the title, description and keywords tag.
- Submitting your site to search engines. This basically alerts the search engines to your site’s existence and puts it on a list of sites to be crawled; this of course is no guarantee of inclusion in the search engines index, but is quick to do and could speed the process along. We help you along with this by automatically submitting your site for you, but you’re welcome to submit your site manually. Here are links to submit your site to be crawled to the three major search engines: Google, Bing and Yahoo.
- You can submit your site to Google through Google Webmaster Tools. You need to open a Google account before you try that.
- Also you should submit your website to online directories. Submitting your website to business directories and niche topic directories is a great idea for driving traffic to your site and improving your SEO.
- There is another way of getting indexed quickly is to have a blog on your site. Posting at least 2-3 solid, well written articles bout your subject will get the attention from search engines and users too. Another way of doing this, is submitting informative articles to article directories (such as Wikipedia). When you do this you will be able to put a short information about yourself at the end of the article with a link back to your website, and by putting the article in the article directory you give others permission to reprint your article as long as they include your author bio; this will in turn give you more links back to your site and traffic. Here are a few you should try: ideamarketers.com, ezinearticles.com and articlealley.com.
- Optimizing your site for local search. If you are a business that depends on local customers, such as a plumber, an auto repair shop or a restaurant, what could be better than coming up right at the top of the search engine results page for a keyword search including your geographic location? Then, you must submit your site on to local directories (such as Yellow Pages, Thomson Local etc.)
- Another great advice for getting indexed quickly is you must get in contact online with associated bodies (such as similar businesses, blog sites, magazines or news sites, organizations etc.) in your industry. By doing this, you will get to know who is who in your industry/niche, exchange contact details, exchange links but naturally and more to get you to nearer to the first 10 on the search engines.
Free SEO Tutorials – SEO Explained in 19 easy lessons:
Lesson 1: Introduction (What is SEO?)
Lesson 2: How search engines work?
Lesson 3: Keyword Research
Lesson 4: Competition Research
Lesson 5: Site Preparation
Lesson 6: Page Optimization (On page SEO)
Lesson 7: Getting Indexed
Lesson 8: Link Popularity Analysis
Lesson 9: Link Building (Acquiring Links)
Lesson 10: Using Social Media (Off page SEO)
Lesson 11: Article and Directory Submissions
Lesson 12: Web 2.0 and Viral Marketing
Lesson 13: Rank Checking
Lesson 14: Visitor Analysis
Lesson 15: Best Free SEO Tools
Lesson 16: Glossary of Terms
Lesson 17: Google Adwords
Lesson 18: Google Adsense
Lesson 19: Google Analytics