Google Index: Getting Your Site Properly Listed
A really common question Google hears about WordPress SEO from new site owners is:
How do I get my site to show up in Google search results?
Well, the good news is, Google has likely already found your new content.
You can easily determine if Google is displaying your site in their search results by doing what they call a site search.
To do this, from a Google search bar, type
site: and your domain name without any spaces.
If something comes up then congrats! You’re in Google search results.
If there are fewer pages displaying than what you have in your site, make sure Google can find and crawl your content and that it delivers value to users.
It could also be that they just haven’t discovered those pages yet.
In which case, your best bet is to be patient.
Google will likely pick up on the change soon.
If you’d like to expedite this process, you can add your content to Google through their tool at Google.com/submityourcontent/.
If, on the other hand, nothing at all is coming up in your site search, there could be a number of things going on.
One of the more common causes of this is your site could be blocking our crawlers by what’s called a robots.txt file.
If you’ve recently purchased your domain, it might not be performing well because it formally contained spamming or problematic content.
If you believe this could be the case, you’ll want to log in to Google Webmaster Tools, add and verify your new site, then file a reconsideration request noting this information.
If your site is in Google’s search results but pages aren’t performing as well as you’d like, keep in mind that Google discovers new pages on your site just as users do; by following links from page to page.
That means, the easier you make it for users to navigate your site, the easier it is for Google to discover its content.
Adding a navigational bar or a menu to your site is a popular and clean way to improve site navigation.
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