Monday 9 March 2009

How To Get Your Website Indexed In The Search Engines

How do you get a website or blog indexed in the search engines?

'How can I get my website indexed quickly in Google?' or 'I have submitted my website to the search engines a month ago and I am still not indexed' are frequently asked question by internet marketing newbies in the forums. And their anxieties are valid. Google still remains the most powerful source of website traffic that converts. There is no doubt in anyone's mind about that. it's the reason why search engine optimization is such a lucrative business.

And obviously, the sooner a site is indexed then the sooner you can get on with your SEO and start getting search engine traffic to it

There are several methods of getting a site indexed

Submit URL to search engines

This method is relatively easy. you go to the target search engine's submission form and submit the URL

The relevant forms can be found at

They are both free but it takes a long time for your sites to get indexed. Personally I do not submit my websites to the search engines any more. I used to in the early days but there are better ways of getting you website indexed quickly in the search engines

Build Links

Very popular method with internet marketers and pretty effective. Build the site and then build links to the sites from other sites.

Strictly speaking all you need is links from sites that are frequently crawled by the search engine spiders but if you want to get a head start in the SEO game as well, I suggest the following criteria.

The sites should be

  • Of content relevant to your site. So if your site is about affiliate marketing then you will try and get links from sites about affiliate marketing to your site. Obviously this may not always be possible so getting a few links from sites with content not relevant to yours may be the only resort
  • Frequently Crawled by the search engine spiders. Difficult for you to tell but you can get an idea of how recently a website was crawled by looking at the cache. [In the listings on the search engine results pages, under each site is a little tab labeled cache. This is a snapshot of the page when it was last crawled by Google. When you click on cache, the date it was cached is somewhere near the top of the page.] Other clues are frequency of updates. A frequently updated site is more likely to be frequently crawled by the search engines
  • Submit a sitemap to Google webmaster tools. This is a must do. Register for a webmasters tools account at Webmaster Tools . Remember to verify your account. The site will tell you how. Again really simple. Next create a sitemap for your site. You can create a free site map at XML sitemaps. It's really easy to do and the sites are both self explanatory. Submit your site map to the appropriate section of your webmasters tools page. This tells Google that this is your sites layout and expedites a page crawl. Remember to update your sitemap every time you add new content to your site

Buy a domain name that is already indexed.

There are lots of sites from which you can buy expiring domain names. These are domain names that often have had a website built for them and the owner has chosen not to maintain ownership of the domain name. Usually these domain names, f selected carefully come with some backlinks already in place, occasionally some PR and often indexed in multiple search engines. You need to review the history of the site though to make sure you are not getting a blacklisted domain name.

The option to go with really is building backlinks to your site. Works well and could cut down the waiting period

Till next time

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