Spiders are quite sneaky creatures. But they work in an orderly fashion. Something comes in their web and they check it out. Getting your website indexed is quite similar, so to speak. You publish a website hoping Google’s spiders will come get you on a whiff. However, that is not the case. Sometimes you have to make it all appealing while maintaining that orderly fashion and attract them where they are: in the web. If you’ve been struggling to get that website of your indexed and get moving with the business, it is our business to help you with it. Here are 9 tips to get your website indexed faster.
Speed Up That Page Load Time
There are more pages on the web than there are stars in a galaxy or two; crawlers act fast on pages that load fast. Read that again. If your site doesn’t load in the time it should, the crawlers will move to the next website in the list and you’ll inadvertently delay indexing your own website. The same principle applies to when people visit your website.
Solidify Your Site and Internal Linking Structure
A solid site structure and internal linking structure is one of the top defining factors of a successful SEO strategy; stray only a little and the results would be not nearly halfway there from what you expected. A disorganised website makes it harder for crawlers to do the job they are assigned to do. Don’t leave any page an orphan; assign each page to lead to another, relevantly.
Don’t Postpone Submitting Sitemap to Google
Unless told not to (Robots.txt) Google will sooner or later crawl your website. But why even allow room for a delay when you could straight up submit that sitemap to Google as soon as you feel it’s ready. A sitemap is extremely beneficial because it allows Google to understand multiple pages simultaneously and make indexing a “sooner” possibility.
Have a Second Look at Robots.txt Files
Every website has pages (shopping carts, directories, and tags) that the owner doesn’t want to show up in search results. This is where Robots.txt comes in handy. But it is also a real possibility some of the most important pages being blocked by noindex Robots.txt, making it impossible for Google to crawl and index them. Take a second look at all the pages to see if any important pages are being blocked from crawling.
Canonical tags allow Google to move past duplicate pages or pages with outdated information and index only the ones that are relevant. But sometimes this ends up creating rogue tags that link to pages that do not exist, thereby making Google crawl at all the wrong places and indexing your website a later affair. Double check if you have some of those working against your indexing progress.
Check For and Remove Any Low Quality or Duplicate Content
If Google doesn’t think the page it is crawling provides any real value to the users, it will not index them. Sometimes it is as simple as that. Check which of the pages you’d want Google to index quickly and then see if those pages deliver on uniqueness, quality, relevance, and good command on the language with respect to the users’ queries. The way forward should be quite simple thereon.
Fix Those Redirects
Redirects are common. They become more common as website grows in pages and age. If there is there’s more than one redirect between the link clicked on and the destination, Google will take it as negative ranking signal and you’ll eventually end up murdering your own chances of getting those pages indexed. Don’t let those redirects turn into a never-ending loop of misdirects.
Fix Those Damn Broken Links
Broken links hurt your website in the same vein as redirects do. Not only does it hurt your chances of getting indexed but also turn off users that visit your website looking for information only to be turned away without getting any because it’s all just too much of a mess. You can use Search Console to identify each one of those broken links and fix (redirect, remove, or update) them as soon as possible
Perform a Detailed Site Audit
Consider it the last step or the first, a timely detailed audit every few months will reveal chinks in your website’s armour you didn’t it had. It is an absolute essential in determining the site’s quality and whether or not it ready (and worthy) to be indexed. It involves checking and rechecking every key element of a website’s health and offer diagnostics and course correction in an efficient manner.
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