After starting your own blog, if you’re anything like me you posted some new content and logged in a few days later to see how much traffic you had.
Probably what happened, just like it did to me, is you logged onto your WordPress dashboard and unfortunately saw that not a single person visited your site.
The first time this happens it can be pretty overwhelming and disheartening to say the least.
However, there is a common problem why you might not have gotten some search traffic even as a total beginner – your blog or website isn’t indexed by Google.
What do I mean by indexed?
Well, Google is basically a large index of websites and if they don’t know about yours then they aren’t going to add it to their index – are they?
Thankfully, it’s pretty easy to let Google know about your blog so you can start enjoying some of that sweet search engine traffic.
In this post I want to share with you some helpful tips on how to get your blog indexed on Google.
There are a few different things you can do to get your latest content on Google right away so that people online can find what you’re sharing.
Keep in mind that you’re not going to rank in the number one position right away but there’s still a good chance that you can get some search traffic after just a few days of starting your own blog.
Getting Your Blog Indexed on Google
On its own, Google will eventually find your blog or website.
Unfortunately, this is something that can take weeks to happen and you might run out of motivation if you’re not getting any visitors at all.
Compared to other types of traffic, like the visitors you get from social media, organic traffic from search engines is the most likely to convert and spend money on your blog.
This is great if you’re hoping to make money blogging or monetize your content to put a few bucks in your own pocket.
Of course you want people to be able to find your blog posts on Google so let’s just jump right into how you can set that up!
Sign Up for Google Search Console
The first thing you’re going to want to do is head over to Google Search Console, otherwise known as Google Webmaster Tools, and sign up for it.
This is a completely free SEO tool that’s actually run by Google.
With this tool you can take advantage of a lot of information for your blog and it makes it easier than ever to get your content noticed by people searching online.
Once you’ve signed up for Google Search Console, which all you need for is your own Google account, you need to add your blog to the dashboard and verify everything.
If you’re having trouble verifying then check out this tutorial.
When your blog is finally verified there’s this neat little trick you can do to get your blog posts indexed almost immediately after you post them.
- On the menu on the left hand side click on the “Crawl” option
- From the drop-down select “Fetch as Google”
- On the “Fetch as Google” page add the last part of your latest blog post URL to the text box beside your domain
- Your post will be added to the and once you see the box for “Request indexing” show up go ahead and click on it
- Click the “I’m not a robot” box, then select “Only this URL”, and then click “Go”
- That’s it – your post is now indexed!
This process alerts Google that you have new content that you want them to check out.
Google is going to go ahead and check out your new post – if it meets their quality guidelines they’re going to rank it somewhere in their search engine for variety of different keywords.
To check to see if your blog post or even if your blog is indexed you can enter the following search into Google:
- Site: yourblogname.com/post-title/
- Site: yourblogname.com
These quick searches will let you know if your blog is indexed.
If your blog shows up then you’re ready to rock and roll but if nothing shows up then you’ll need to try out a few of the other methods that are listed here.
This is the easiest way to get your blog indexed and available for people to see on Google.
I recommend following through with this process for all of your new posts until you have a more established blog with at least 25 or more pieces of content.
Submit Your Sitemap
Submitting your sitemap is another great way to get all of your content on your blog indexed quickly.
There are two ways that you can submit a sitemap to Google – manually through Google Search Console or by using a WordPress plugin.
I prefer submitting my sitemap through Google directly because I find it works fast and I never have to worry about keeping anything updated.
To submit a sitemap through Google:
- Visit Google Search Console and head to your dashboard
- From the Search Console dashboard go ahead and click on “Crawl” on the menu bar and select “Sitemaps”
- On the top right-hand side click on the “Add Sitemap” button
- Add your sitemap URL to the text prompt and you’re all set!
To make it easier to create and submit a sitemap I would recommend installing the Yoast SEO plugin for WordPress.
With the plugin installed you can visit the “XML Sitemaps” menu and here you can “Enable” sitemap functionality.
A link will be provided where you can find your sitemap – just copy of the last part of this link and add it to the text box on Google Search Console.
Uploading your sitemap to Google is going to make it easier for the search engine to index all of your content.
Having a sitemap is also going to make it easier for Google to crawl (explore) your blog in the future so it’s a good idea to make sure that it stays updated.
If you need help setting up your sitemap you can just ask me down in the comments below or check out this tutorial.
Share Your Latest Blog Post on Social Media
Many search engines these days, including Google, consider social signals when they’re indexing and ranking new content.
You might not think so but the Google-bots are constantly exploring the different social media platforms just to see what’s going on and to keep on top of things.
If you’re blogging on a regular basis and sharing your content on social media like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc, Google is going to take note and keep a closer eye on your latest posts.
It’s going to help even more to have direct links to your blog from your profiles on these different social media platforms.
This is also going to make it easier for Google to recognize your latest content and they’ll see that you’re building a web presence.
Across all of your different social platforms you’ll want to share any links to your latest content right away to make it as easy as possible for Google and other search engines to find what you’re posting.
Not only do social signals likely have an impact on your search engine rankings but being active on social media it is going to bring you more traffic as well.
Add a Link to your YouTube Video Description
For those of you with YouTube channels you can really help to get your content indexed faster if you add a link to your newest post in the video description.
Of course you’re going to want the video to be relevant so don’t just add a link to any random video.
This works surprisingly well because Google actually owns YouTube and they’re constantly striving to incorporate more video content in the search engine results.
The search engine crawlers are going to find a new YouTube video much faster than a random blog post so if you have a link in the description then the crawler is going to follow through to see what’s going on.
As long as you’re looking to something relevant and high-quality then it’s a lot more likely that Google is going to index it on their search engine.
If you don’t have a YouTube channel you might want to consider making one.
Having your own channel with a selection of videos related to your blog can help you build your brand, grow your audience, and drive more traffic to your blog.
Interlink Your Newest Posts
Interlinking is when you add links from one of your blog posts to another.
This is something you should already be doing to improve your reader’s experience and to also help keep people on your blog.
There is a definite SEO benefit to interlinking all of your content together and it’s going to help your newest posts get indexed as well.
The reason this works is because Google often re-crawls old content just to look for any updates and they follow through with all the links to see what’s happening at the other end.
When they follow through a link and find a new post on your blog they’re very likely to add it to their index.
This is really easy to do and just need to head back to a few older posts and add a new link wherever it’s relevant.
One of these different strategies is definitely going to help you get all of your blog posts and website content indexed on Google.
I recommend starting up at the top and working your way down through the methods until your posts are staying indexed on a regular basis.
Don’t forget to check a few minutes after you try out a different technique.
You can try following through with this search on Google:
- site: yourblog.com
This is going to immediately let you know whether or not your blog posts or website are available on Google for people to find.
Don’t worry if you don’t see your blog showing up right away – sometimes it can take up to 24 hours for everything to update.
Even if your blog still isn’t showing up you still don’t need to worry.
Eventually everything is going to get indexed unless you’re experiencing some serious problems with your theme or the coding or your site.
As long as you’re using WordPress or any other popular blogging platform then I can’t imagine that you’ll run into any problems.
That about covers it and if you have any questions or concerns don’t hesitate to let me know down in the comments below!