If the search engines are unaware of the existence of your site, your ranking chances are impossible. To be honest, it took a while for the search bugs to discover a new website. If you try to find a 2-3 days old site, the big possibility is that you can not find them, which is up to 90%.
There are even cases where the official website has been operating for several weeks but they still cannot be found anywhere on Google/Bing/Yahoo.
If you are reading this, I guess you are one of those people who are experiencing these problems. And you are eager to find how to fast submit website/URL to a search engine, right? Let me show you the quickest ways.
How To Submit Website/URL To A Search Engine (Google/Bing/Yahoo)
The quickest way to submit to Google and Bing is to simply paste the URL of your website here https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/submit-url or https://www.bing.com/toolbox/submit-site-url and then click Submit.
However, each time you are only allowed to send one single URL. Therefore, I often use Google/Bing Webmaster Tools. Google/Bing Webmaster Tools allows you to submit one page at a time by sending a sitemap. Sitemaps also have the added benefit of providing other useful information about your website for search engines such as:
- Change Frequency: Notifies search engines about the frequency of content changes on the page/article of the website.
- Last modified Date/Time: Notify search engines when the page/article post was last modified
- Crawl Priority: informs the search engines about the importance of an article compared to other pages in the same domain.
In this article, I will not go into detail on creating a sitemap for the website. If you use WordPress (or some other platforms), there are many plugins/tools to help you create a sitemap automatically. For example, Yoast SEO, ScreamingFrog or XML-sitemaps.com.
Now, let’s start with Google.
How to submit website/URL to Google
If you have not already added and verified your site on Google Webmaster Tools https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/ , this will be your first step.
Follow these instructions https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/34592
Once verified, click on your domain name and select Crawl -> Sitemaps. Then click the Add/Test Sitemap button and enter your sitemap URL (usually this URL structure looks like www.domain.com/sitemap.xml)
Some plugins will automatically create different types of sitemap extensions, for example, post_sitemap.xml and page_sitemap.xml. You do not need to focus too much on this. Just add them all to Search Console and your website has been submitted.
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How to submit website/URL to Bing
First, sign up for Bing Webmaster Tools https://www.bing.com/toolbox/webmaster
Then click on Add Your Site, then fill in the required information. Here you will be asked about the website domain, sitemap URL and some other information.
Click Submit button to finish.
How To Make Sure The Website Is Indexed & How To Fix When It Is Not
Just by submitting your website to Google/Bing, it is not sure that your website will be indexed. Therefore, it is important to confirm that if the website has been indexed or not.
The fastest way is entering the URL that needs to test on Google/Bing search.
If you want to check all indexed pages on a website, just enter “site:domain.com”.
Do not see your website showed up in the search result? Then your website is not indexed. Do not be too anxious when this situation occurs within a few days after you submit the website. But if it lasts for several weeks, then there might be a problem.
When you submit your site to Google/Bing Webmaster Tools, then you can also check how many pages have been indexed.
If you notice a large difference between the number of submitted pages and the number of indexed pages (or if the page is not showing up in Google search result), try the following common errors:
- The page has a noindex tag: this tag informs Google and other search engines that they do not need to index this page. You can check whether there is a noindex tag on a webpage by searching in the HTML code with this details <meta name = “googlebot” content = “noindex”> or <meta name = “robots” content = ” noindex “>, x-robots-tag: noindex; If there is, delete it (if needed).
- Index blocked by a robots.txt file: all web pages have robots.txt. This file allows or restricts the search bot to crawl where Google bot can be banned to crawl and pages can be indexed or not. You can check if a URL is being blocked by robots.txt using Robots TXT Testing Tool of Google https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/robots-testing-tool . Just simply enter a URL and you will see whether it is blocked or not.
- Index blocked by .htaccess file: .htaccess is a set of webpages that run on Apache web servers (in the world there are about 50% of websites running here https://w3techs.com/technologies/details/ws-apache/all/all ). If your .htaccess file contains the following code line: Header set X-Robots-Tag “noindex, nofollow”, then you need to delete it to allow Google bot to index your site.
If the 3 errors are checked and no problem found, then maybe the site is not indexed because it does not provide enough value. It is also possible that the website has some major technical issues. In this case, you need the assistance of SEO experts.
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However, even if you do not experience any index problems, you will find that your site will not show up on the front page for the keyword you are targeting. For example, if you have a page about YouTube SEO, you will not be the number one ranking in Google for the term “YouTube SEO” just because you have submitted it to the search engines.
Indexing can be quick and easy, but rating takes time and effort.
Why Is Web Submitting Different From Keyword Ranking?
Each Google search query returns thousands or millions of results. But most people never click pages of results that are beyond the first one (only 10 sites are shown), meaning there will be a few or no traffic for those who have the rank from 11 downwards.
So, when your website indexed does not mean that there will be traffic from Google. If you want it, you need to rank in top 10, or ideally top 3.
So how do you rank in the top 10?
In short term, you need backlinks. Google counts your backlinks pointing to your website from other sites as votes. Thus, when a topic appears on two different pages, the page with more backlinks is more highly ranked. In general, the more links you have, the higher you rank.
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In this example, if you want to rank No. 2, you will need 83,263+ backlinks, because the site ranking 2 is holding 82,263 backlinks.
There is a case, a website with fewer backlinks than many competitors still rank high. Then this site has very high quality backlinks and relevant to the topic nature of it. So, you should think about the quality goal instead of quantity when building links.
However, backlink is not the only important factor. You also need to make sure that your SEO work targets the right keywords.
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Why Should You Still Submit Your Website To Google/Bing, Although This Is Not Always Necessary?
Google is not built to rely on manual actions but automatic bots. That’s why Google needs to constantly gather a lot of different data sources to discover new websites, and index them constantly.
Basically, they collect information from newly added links to web pages and then track those links to see where they lead. If they lead to useful content, Google will add them to be indexed. This is also why linking is so important!
There are a few reasons to explain why you should still submit your website, although it is not always necessary to do so.
- Be careful right from the start rather than regret later: Google will still be able to find your site even when you do not submit it. But it is still necessary and only takes a minute or two.
- Google/Bing can not discover everything through crawling: if you submit your site via Google/Bing Webmaster Tools, you will have the opportunity to provide them with some other useful information about your website. These are information that bugs may not be able to access.
- Submitting website will help improve your website: Google/Bing will regularly inform the status of your website through the Webmaster Tools. If there is a problem with it, you will feel easy to correct.
If you have already submitted the website, then sometimes you can still submit again if in the cases:
- When you change/update a page and want to inform the search engines: the search engines cannot crawl the entire web in a single day. So it is very likely that your content page will not be indexed. At this time, you can use Fetch as Google tool https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/googlebot-fetch in Search Console to ask Google to prioritize the crawl of the page again.
- When finished fixing the error on the site: Google will occasionally send you notifications about Crawl Errors or errors in the Search Console. At this point, you should re-submit the site to instruct Google to recrawl.
I’m assured that Google/Bing will discover and index your site, regardless of whether you submit or not. However, I still recommend that you should manually submit to Google/Bing Webmaster Tools as it is very simple and offers many other benefits.
You also need to remember that indexing is only a small part of the battle. Even if your site is indexed, you still cannot be ranked highly. Ranking is a job that requires a lot of effort in SEO.