Once you’ve launched your blog – you might want to consider the idea of getting it indexed or listed on Google search engine.
In some cases, it might take several weeks before Google decides to index your blog. In fact, some people are having really hard time getting their new blog indexed by Google.
I’ve actually done a lot of researching over the past couple of months and I’ve finally found out that you can actually do it in less than 24 hours.
How do I get my blog on Google?
To get your blog on Google, follow these 6 steps:
1 – Add your blog to Google Webmaster Tools
Google Webmaster Tools (GWT) is a place where you can gather some information about your blog or site. Google will crawl your blog and tell if you have any problems (poor code, bad host, spammy links etc…)
It’s a great place to start off and I can’t recognize any reason why you shouldn’t add your blog to the Google Webmaster Tools. Feel free to visit Webmaster Tools once a month to make sure that Google still “loves” your blog and everything is working properly. I’m doing this, and you should, too.
After adding your site make sure you’ll use the option called “Fetch as Google” – This will make sure that every page of your blog will get indexed by Google. What I mean by “indexed” is that Google search engine users are able to find your blog through their search queries and keywords.
If you get stuck adding your site to GWT or don’t find the Fetch button, see this video below (really in-depth):
Hold up, you think it’s that easy? Actually, there are couple of other things you’d need to do.
2 – Submit your blog social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest)
If don’t have profiles on those social media sites, I highly suggest you to create them. It only takes couple of minutes, but it creates some sort of brand awareness to your blog.
Once you’ve activated your accounts, submit or publish your blog homepage link on them. It has been said that Google uses Facebook and Twitter to crawl and index new pages, so it’s worth a shot.
3 – Use free “ping” services
I’m not 100% sure if that works or not, but I’ve been doing this nevertheless. People on webmaster forums are recommending it, so I suggest you to do the same
Just submit your blog address (www.YourNewBlog.com) and feed address, which is usually www.YourNewBlog.com/feed. Then tick all the services and hit the “Ping” button. It should take somewhere around 1 minute – so it won’t be long.
P.S. By now you’ve already done more than you actually should, but let’s take few extra steps to really guarantee that 24 hour indexing, OK?
4 – Add your blog to Bing Webmaster tools
Bing Webmaster Tools – This is similar to GWT, but made by Yahoo and Bing search engines. So, instead of using only GWT, I recommend you to add your blog to Bing as well. The functions of Bing tools are same as GWT. If you get stuck, see this video.
5 – Create a Sitemap and Robots.txt
Don’t get too confused by the headline because you don’t have to create anything by yourself. Well, back in 2000’s you most likely had to do it all by yourself and manually, but now it’s much more easier than before.
Simply download this or any other similar WordPress plugin and your good to go. In short, properly working sitemap and robots.txt file will make crawling your blog much easier for Google. Sitemap is a place where all the URLs of your pages and posts are stored. You can read more about robots.txt here.
6 – Add a YouTube video
Since Google bought YouTube 10 years ago, they’ve been integrating it’s services within the rest of the company. One such way is that they are able to tell which websites have YouTube videos on them and thus crawl them faster. Adding Video schema and creating a video sitemap will help too. So if you add a YouTube video and Plus, you get a bonus from increased user engagement which helps your rankings.
What Else? Am I ready?
Once you have completed the previous steps you’ll just have to wait a bit. In meanwhile, make sure you tell your friends/colleagues/family members about your new blog. After a day or two, make sure you use the following search string to see if your blog is finally indexed by Google:
If your site pops out on Google search, you can breathe again because your blog is indexed by Google search engine. You can use the same search string in Bing and Yahoo as well, but keep in mind that those search engines are bit slower than Google. So instead of waiting 24 hours – wait for a week or so.
However if you don’t see your blog on Google right away, don’t get panicked because your site will get listed sooner or later.
If you have any questions/concerns – use the comment box below.