If not by now, you should definitely have a Google search console account set up with all of your sites registered to it. This tool allows you to submit a sitemap to Google to give them direction as to which pages you want indexed and which pages you don’t. With WordPress, you can easily create this sitemap with the Yoast SEO plugin. Search console also allows you to view your sites’ stats, including which keywords users are entering into search to find you. As a webmaster, this will be an essential tool in your arsenal.
Great For New Sites with Limited Backlinks
If your site is new, like mine, your lack of incoming links is going to make for slow indexing of your content. Yet, there is a handy way around this. This “trick” is so useful and so effective that I was truly shocked at how rapidly it got my pages indexed. While you can only do so many per day and so many per month of these, manual indexing requests of individual urls gets your content in the Google index within minutes.
It’s not Supposed to be that Easy, is it?
What’s the catch you may ask? Well, there really isn’t a catch, but it may not do exactly what you may be thinking.
For starters, just because you have content indexed doesn’t mean you have content that ranks. However, you do need indexed content to get ranked, so this effectively speeds up the first step of the process. Also, as stated before, Google will only allow so many of these per day; however, they allow enough to where if you are creating a few new blog posts a day you should be able to submit them and get them indexed by Google daily.
Something to note here is that this is probably not going to be a viable, long-term solution for you. In fact, I’m willing to bet that many seasoned webmasters with old and authoritative sites would scoff at the use of this tool. This is for two reasons. Number 1: If you have a large daily posting output, Google, due to their quotas, is not going to allow you to manually submit them all. Number 2: With enough incoming links from authoritative sources, eventually Google will crawl your page so often that manual indexing is not going to be necessary.
Try it Out
Test this yourself. Log into Google search console and, from the top-left menu, select your site. Once selected, also from the top-left menu, choose “Go to the old version.” Click on Crawl – Fetch as Google. Enter the url of the page or post you are trying to have indexed. There is a dropdown which allows you to choose “Desktop” or “Mobile smartphone.” The way another blogger showed me to this is to submit one URL twice with each of these options selected once. Click on “Fetch.” Then, next to the url that appears in the table, click on request indexing.
Note: As stated above, after too many of these indexing requests, Google will kick back saying that an error has occurred. Remember, you can only do so many of these in a 24 hour period.
Now, you can normally verify the effectiveness of this by going to a Google search and typing site:*yourdomain.* So, in my case, this is “site:harmonicwebsolutions.com.” Within a few minutes, you should see the URL you manually requested in the index.
You’re good to go! Now keep putting out great content and earning backlinks, and you’re on your way!
Harmonic Web Solutions