By submitting your site to Google, you are ensuring that Google is aware of your site’s presence, which can help you rank in Google more quickly. Registering your website with Google Search Console is a must if you want to control how your website interacts with Google Search.
If you are unsure whether your site has been detected and indexed by Google’s spiders, then you can check for yourself. To do so, type site:mywebsite.com into Google search. You will now get a list of all the pages, posts, and other content types that are listed with Google.
Registering your site with Google Search Console is free, quick and easy. To do so, open the Google Search Console page and click Start Now. Then, under Domain, enter your website’s URL.
Get content indexed by Google:
- Once you register with Google Search Console, the first step to getting your site on Google is to be sure that Google can find it. The best way to do that is to submit a sitemap. A sitemap is a file on your site that tells search engines about new or changed pages on your site.
- URL inspection – View detailed crawl, index, and serving information about your pages.
- View search analytics – Find out which search terms bring users to your site, analyze page positions in Google Search, and much more.
- You can use Google Search Console to find the to find the sources of URLs causing “not found” errors.
What to avoid when you are submitting the sitemap:
- Don’t let your internal search result pages be crawled by Google. Users dislike clicking a search engine result only to land on another search result page on your site.
- Allowing URLs created as a result of proxy services to be crawled.
- Users will occasionally come to a page that doesn’t exist on your site, either by following a broken link or typing in the wrong URL. Having a custom 404 page that kindly guides users back to a working page on your site can greatly improve a user’s experience. Your 404 page should probably have a link back to your root page and could also provide links to popular or related content on your site.
Note: There are basics that need to be taken care of before you share your website with the world. Make sure you have added page descriptions and images, since this is essential for all sharing related — Google and, for lack of a better example, Facebook are displaying that info along with your web links.
If your site only consists of a few pages, or you have added new pages that you would like indexed immediately, then you can use the Google Search Console URL Inspection tool to just submit those specific pages to Google. To do so, select URL Inspection from the left-hand side menu. Then type a URL that you want to submit to Google into the Search function.
Keep in mind that just because you have submitted your website to Google, this does not in any way guarantee that your content will rank well in Google search. If you find your posts and pages are still struggling to rank for keywords, you’ll need to make sure you’re implementing SEO best practices.