How to Submit your WordPress Website for Index

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How to Submit your WordPress Website for Index

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Did you submit your WordPress Website to Google for an Index ? 

Many people struggle with getting their wordpress websites indexed by google.It can be by various reasons ,but we won’t be talking about this now.Now we will cover the basics of How to Submit your WordPress Website for Index.

If you are all set with the index process ,we recommend you checking our tutorial on creating the best seo with yoast seo

If the SEO is not enough , maybe your site is running slow ? Have you checked the speed of you website in gtmetrix or pingdom

If the problem is with the site speed better check our article about How to setup WP Super Cache plugin for Faster Website

If WP Super Cache isn’t the plugin for you we also have a list of 6 plugins that will increase your WordPress site speed

How to check if Google has indexed your website ?

If you are unsure whether your site has been detected and indexed , then you can check for yourself.

All you need to do is just type your website site:mywebsite.com (change mywebsite.com with your website’s domain name)  into Google search. You will now get a list of all the pages, posts, and other content types that are listed with Google. If Google doesn’t return any results, then Google hasn’t been able to find and index your site. In this case, it is a good idea to submit your site to Google manually. 

Register your website with Google Search Console

Google Search Console homepage

Registering your website with Google Search Console is a must if you want to control how your website interacts with Google Search. Here are just a few of the benefits Google Search Console provides

  • Get content indexed by Google – Once you register with Google Search Console, you can submit sitemaps and individual URLs.
  • URL inspection – View detailed crawl, index, and serving information about your pages.   

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. 

Google Search Console

Google will now give you a list of options to verify that you own your site. If you’re already using Google Analytics, you can verify your site by using your existing Google Analytics tracking code.

Otherwise, we recommend using the DNS record method. Once you select that method, Google will display a code that you will need to enter into the DNS configuration for your website. To do this, copy and paste the code.

Verify Google Console

Create a sitemap with Yoast SEO

A sitemap is a file that provides search engines with information on the different pages on your site. Once you have submitted a sitemap, Google can then easily retrieve your site’s pages and index them for Google Search. 

Yoast SEO is a free WordPress plugin that will automatically generate XML sitemaps of various sections of your website. The sections are then combined to create a sitemap index for your site – it is this link that you submit to Google. 

Yoast SEO

 

To create a sitemap with Yoast SEO, first install the plugin on your website. (For more information on how to do this, check out our beginners’ guide on how to install a WordPress plugin). 

As soon as you activate the plugin, it will automatically create a sitemap for you. To access your sitemap, go to yoursite.com/sitemap_index.xml:

Submit a website to Google - Sitemap index

Keep this URL handy because you’ll need to submit it to Google in the next step.

Submit a website to Google

To submit a website to Google, switch back to Google Search Console and make sure you’ve selected your website using the Search Property drop-down menu in the top left corner:

Add New Sitemap

Then, click on the Sitemaps option under Index in the sidebar. You will then be given the option to Add a New Sitemap. Type in the sitemap URL and click on Submit.

Google will confirm that the sitemap has been successfully submitted. Google will then process the sitemap and should index your website soon after:

Sitemap Submitted

Use the URL Inspection tool for individual URLs

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. 

How to submit a single website URL to Google

Google Search Console will then run a live test, fetching and examining the URL in real-time. If it has no detectable errors, you can Request Indexing

Indexing Requested

Google will now add the URL to a priority crawl queue. Once the page has been crawled, the URL will be indexed, helping it to rank in Google Search. 

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