Before a website appears on Google search engine result pages (SERP), it has to be ‘crawled’ by Google’s bots, and ‘indexed’ in its database first.
While you can just link to your website from an already indexed site and wait for the process to happen, smart webmasters don’t have to wait to get indexed.
Speed up the process by submitting your website to Google via Google Search Console.
Keep reading to learn how to submit a website to Google, and discover whether your site has been indexed or not.
Submitting your website to Google
Get Google to notice your site by following these steps:
Step 1. Sign up and verify your website’s ownership
There are several verification methods available, but we recommend choosing the Google Analytics option.
If you’re using Zyro to build your website, the process is made simpler. Zyro offers seamless integration with Google Analytics.
Here’s how you do it:
- Sign in to your Google Analytics account and navigate to the Admin setting, located on the bottom left corner with the gear icon.
- On the Property tab, hit the Create Property button.
- On the Admin tab, choose Web and click Continue.
- Name your website and specify the URL. You should also choose your website category and the reporting time zone. Once you’re done, select Create.
- You will be redirected to the Tracking Info menu. There, you will see your Tracking ID that looks like our example below. Copy it.
- Log in to your Zyro account, hover on your site, and choose Site Settings. Select the Integrations menu from the left panel.
- Find the Google Analytics column and paste the tracking ID into it. Next, click the Connect Your ID button.
- Go back to your Google Analytics account and head to Admin -> Property -> Product Linking -> All Products. Scroll down, select the Search Console linking, and click Add.
- The browser will lead you to your Google Search Console account. Choose the URL Prefix tab and enter your website URL. After that, hit Continue.
- Locate the Google Analytics Verification and click Verify.
If you are successful, the result should look like this:
Step 2. Submit your website manually
Once your website is verified, it’s time to submit it by locating your sitemap.
In general, the sitemap.txt file is located on https://www.yourdomain.com/sitemap.txt.
If you can’t find it there, open your robots.txt file by entering yourdomain.com/robots.txt and check where the sitemap.xml file is.
Now that you have located your sitemap.xml file, go to Google Search Console and select the Sitemap menu.
Paste the directory path of your sitemap to the Add a new sitemap column and click Submit.
If you have more than one sitemap, just repeat the steps above.
Step 3. Indexing a single page with Google
Google Search Console also allows you to submit a single page, whether it is already indexed or not.
This process is crucial when you have just created a new page or updated your content. It ensures that your new content is searchable as soon as possible.
All you need to do is go to the inspection tool on Google Search Console and enter your page’s URL.
There will be a ‘URL is not in Google’ or ‘URL is in Google’ message, depending on your page’s indexing status.
Next, click the Request Indexing button.
You should see the following window, which means the URL is added to the priority crawl queue.
How to check if your website is indexed?
You can check whether your website is already indexed. Simply type your site’s address on Google search bar in the following format and hit Enter:
If it has been listed, you will see your site at the top, like this:
However, if your page is not indexed yet, Google will return with a blank search result page:
Alternatively, you can also use Google Search Console to check your website’s index status.
To do this:
- Open your Google Search Console account
- Select URL Inspection
- Type your website’s link
Here’s what you get when Google has indexed the link:
And this is the result when Google has not indexed it:
Google Search Console also lets you see how many of your website’s pages are indexed. Just click on the Coverage options under the Index menu and select the Valid tab.
This is what the page looks like:
Why index your website?
Indexing your website speeds up the process of its ranking on search engine result pages.
With up to one and a half trillion search queries every year, Google exposes your website to a vast audience. Indexing can generate more traffic and boost your sales. So, the faster you index your website, the faster it will appear on SERP.
Learn more: What is Search Engine Optimization?
How Google indexes your website
Google crawls the web every day. It is a process where Google crawlers — also known as spiders — follow new links on existing URLs to discover new websites, pages, and updated content.
After your website is crawled, Google will add it to its index and evaluate the content before it is placed on search results.
That this process can take days or weeks to finish.
To ensure that your website is crawled successfully, your site’s robots.txt must allow Google to inspect your page.
Make sure that there is no disallow code that may block the crawler from indexing one of your pages, like this:
Google indexing recap
Appearing on Google search results helps websites attract more organic traffic. But before your website shows up on SERP, Google has to crawl and index it.
The bad news is, the web crawling process can take a long time.
Thankfully, Google Search Console lets you manually submit your website so it will be indexed faster. In this article, you have learned how to submit a website to Google.
To summarize, the steps to do this are:
- Sign up to Google Search Console and verify your website’s ownership
- Submit your website manually
- Submit a single page if you have a new page or updated content
It’s time to try it yourself. Good luck.