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Getting Your Site Listed on Google

How To Get Your Site Listed On Google In 3 Easy Steps

We’re going to explain how to get your website listed, or indexed, on Google. This is On-Site Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and this advice will help increase the number of people who find your site. People assume that Google knows everything, but isn’t true. If someone links to your site and Google was indexing their site, your site may get indexed without you having to do anything but more often you need to follow a set of steps to help Google find, list and index your website for people. This process will speed up the process of getting indexed and you’ll go from waiting months to get your website into Google’s search results to just a few weeks. There are no guarantees, but if you follow these steps, you can dramatically improve your chances.

Step #1: Add Meta Tags

This involves opening up your website’s editing software and putting the correct codes into the different pages in your website. Open up your Index HTML file (you’ll have to do this one every page, but we’ll start with the homepage) and place two meta tags.

What Do These Mean?

These meta tags will help all search engines find and index your page. If a search engine finds your site, the first meta tag is instructing it to index the site and follow all the links. The second meta tag prevents a search engine for indexing the images on your web page. If you want your images indexed then you can omit this tag – it’s your call. Repeat this process for every page of your website.

Step #2: Add A Title, Description And Keywords On Your Pages

Still in HTML, open atag and put your title in. This gives search engines the information they need to display the content of the title tag. Every page in your website should have a title tag; they should tell the search engine what the page is about and they should by unique. You should never duplicate titles and you should never type something non-specific as the title. The title should always refer to what your page is about. Make it concise as search engines will only show a certain number of characters.

Why Are The Description And Keywords Crucial?

Under the title tag you need two meta tags referring to your keywords and description as follows:

Place your keywords and description into these tags and you’ll be telling search engines what searches your web pages relate to. The keywords tag isn’t as important as it was 5 or 10 years ago as search engines don’t weigh them as heavily but it’s still important if your keyword is also found in the content of your page.

Step #3: Let Google Know!

You’ll need a Google account (any Gmail account) to access Google’s Webmaster Tools. Once you’re logged in, enter the URL of your website and click ‘Add A Site’. Next, verify ownership. Although Google recommends you sign in with your Domain name provider, if you go to alternative methods, and check ‘HTML Tag’, you can copy and paste a meta tag provided by Google into the HTML text of your site’s home page. Go into whatever software you’re using to edit your web page and past it in there. Save and upload it to the server. Go back to Google and click the ‘Verify’ button.

If you click on ‘Google Index’, and then ‘Index Status’ you’ll see that Google has yet to index any of your web pages yet but this will slowly happen over time if you have followed the above steps. Check back next time for more tips on speeding this process such as adding a sitemap to your web site! In the meantime, why not contact us for a no-obligation discussion about how our SEO services can help your website rank higher and get more traffic!
Jan 15 2015