Almost a month when I start build this blog (Digimanx) while I have wrote some of posts on it. I realize there is something wrong at that time.
When I type my blog name or related keyword on Google, Yahoo and Bing search box. My website and all the content doesn’t appear on Google’s search result at all.
I thought maybe it need a few days or weeks more for my site to get indexed by Google. So I just continue writing a new post while waiting.
But almost two month at that time, and still any of my blog content seems get indexed by Google and other search engines (e.g Bing, Yahoo, Yandex).
Yep! I really in trouble, because usually Google Spiders will automatically crawl to every new website and it’s content on the internet. As he, ‘The spider’ have an Artificial intelligent (AI) and will crawl if there is any ‘ping’ activity on the web. But the ‘spidy’ ignore my blog.
Having a website/blog running and no ones found it on the web? that’s really a big problem. It’s not funny if you have wrote 20 articles and nobody reading your post accept yourself.
After doing some tweak and resolve the problem, finally my site get indexed by Google an other search engines.
In this post I want to share this experience with you, who have a new WordPress blog and want your blog get indexed by search engine. Or if you might have the same problem like me.
Here is the 6 step for things you can do to get your new WordPress blog get indexed by Google. FASTER!
1. Submit your WordPress site to Search Engines
If you don’t have one sign up to Google Webmaster Tools now it’s called Search Console. Or sign in with your existing google account and add your website as your property there.
I recommend add all URL address of your websites for example http://yoursite.com, https://yoursite.com, http://www.yoursite.com see picture below how I add my website property
After adding your site URL, Google will ask you to verify your site. You can choose to verify your site using recommended method, by downloading the HTML verification file given by Google and then upload it to cPanel > Home directory in your Web-hosting server provider.
You also can choose ‘Alternate method’ if you like. And then follow the Google Search console instruction.
Do the same on Bing Webnmaster Tools as well. (Bing and Yahoo shared the same Webmaster)
2. Request for your website to get indexed by Google
Still in Search Console page, now is time to ask for Google to indexing your website immediately.
To do this in Search Console go to left sidebar menu click on Crawls, then in drop down sub menu click Fetch as Google.
And then click Fetch then click Request Indexing. See screenshot below.
A pop up dialog ask you to choose the submit method.
Choose Crawl this URL. In the future, keep on doing this every time you publish a new content on your blog. And after updating the old content.
Since Google have update the Search console it makes you more easier to request indexing your website page.
3. Create and submit a Sitemap
Tell search engines about the list of pages on your website by creating XML Sitemap.
To do it, you can simply install WordPress plugin called Google XML Sitemaps. You can simply search this plugin on WP admin in plugins page.
Then install and activate the plugin. After install the plugin, then go to Search Console again, this time go to left menu search for Crawl > Sitemaps
In Sitemaps page click on red button on top right of the page ‘ADD/TEST SITEMAP’ write down sitemap.xml at the end of URL. See screenshot below the old and the new one of Google Search Console.
And below is the example how to do it in new version of Google Search Console.
If you don’t use the new version of search console you should start use it now. Because soon or later the old one may will no longer be available.
Most of sitemap url usually sitemap.xml but on some case it could be sitemap_index.xml.
Also don’t forget to submit your Sitemap to Bing Webmaster too. [Note!] Yahoo and bing have same webmaster tools.
4. Submit your blog feed to Google FeedBurner
Sign Up to Google Feedburner using your Google account and submit your website URL there. And let the Feedburner burn all your “feeds”
By doing this, it will notify google every time you post a new content on your website. You can also create an Email Subscibtion widget with Google RSS Feedburner too.
5. Add your site in Google Analytics
By adding your site to Google Analytics it will tell google if your website is “on the road” and ready for being tracked. And it also must have tool for a webmaster to grow their site anyway.
Already activate it? then great! If you not yet use Google Analytics. Go Sign Up to analytics.google.com. And follow instruction given by Google how to install the code snippet of Google analytics on your site right there.
6. Link Website to Social Media
Be proud of your website and put your website link in every Social media profile like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Youtube etc.
Share all your post to social media like “a mad man”
But its more more way better if you create a page for your website on Twitter or Facebook. And share your content right there. Then, you can retweet or re-share. This is a great way to alert search engines to track your website existence.
By doing basic stuff mentioned above it should make Your website get indexed quickly by google and other search engines.
If your blog still not appear on those search engines then maybe you have other problem. Like mine. I have a problem with Sneaky Mobile redirects. So what I did was I find out what makes the issue occur, resolved it and then ask review from Google for Reconsideration Request.
Thank God! after doing that kind of stuff, my website content finally get indexed by Google, Bing and Yahoo and other search engines.
And yeah! maybe my experience can help you to make your new WordPress site get indexed by Google, Bing and Yahoo faster.
That’s my story! how about yours? do you have the same issue like me? please don’t feel hesitate to leave a comment below.