Indexed in Google? How to Check

How do you know if your website or hub has been indexed by Google? And why should you care? This article explains the importance of being indexed by Google and then describes the steps to check your site's status.

What is Google, Anyway?

Google is the largest internet search engine in the world. Estimates are that 80 % of internet searches are done through Google. Google processes millions of search requests every day. They also provide online maps, e-mail, office productivity, social networking, and video sharing services. They have a search engine of the world's news sources. Because of this, Google is able to track what people are searching for and use this information to help advertisers.

Almost all of Google's revenue comes from advertising. Writers on hubpages, blogs, and web sites can sign up for Google AdSense as a way of earning money. The writers are paid when Google ads placed on their site are clicked by readers. Google Analytics can give web site owners insight into the actions of people visiting their site, such as how long people stay on the site.

Google Logo
Google Logo

What is the Google Index?

When people do a search on Google, it takes these queries and comes up with a list, along with a brief summary of each site. A brand-new hub or web site will not even be included in Google's list or index.

Are your pages indexed in Google? If not, even if your page is about blue, fuzzy, outer-space widgets, and then you do a Google search for blue, fuzzy, outer-space widgets, your page will not show up.

Naturally, authors want to find out when each new hub, blog, or website page is indexed.

Confucius Google Logo
Confucius Google Logo

How to See if Your Site is Indexed by Google

It often takes a few days for your new hubs, blogs, or web page to be indexed by Google. But it can take longer. Here are the steps to check to see if your hub is indexed.

  • Go to the page that you want to check 
  • Copy your URL from your browser's address bar at the top of the page (it should be something like http://hubpages.com/hub/Space-Shuttle-Retirement)
  • Temporarily paste it into Notepad or an open document
  • Open a web page and go to Google.com
  • Paste your URL into the search bar and click enter
  • If your site comes up, it is indexed by Google. If not, try again in a few days.

 

How to See if Pages Indexed in Google?

My hub on Space Shuttle Retirement is currently ranked #17.
My hub on Space Shuttle Retirement is currently ranked #17.
My Space Shuttle Retirement hub links to my othe space shuttle hubs.
My Space Shuttle Retirement hub links to my othe space shuttle hubs.

How to Get Indexed in Google

How to Get Indexed in Google? The first step is to create a good hub, blog, or web site that is useful and full of good information. Don’t worry if your pages are indexed in Google right away: it may take a few days or even a week to be indexed in Google. Promote your site among your friends. When you first publish, you can use social networking to promote your new page, hub, or blog. Email a link to your friends and ask for their comments.

You can increase your search results by writing about a small niche topic, something unique. Be creative. I didn't just write about the space shuttle, I wrote about the end of the space shuttle program, also called space shuttle retirement. My hub page on Space Shuttle Retirement was on page 2 (search item #17) on the Google search for the keyword "Space Shuttle Retirement" after only one month.  As more people visit your web site, it will move up in the searches.

After you get pages indexed in Google, your search traffic will increase. After you create more web site pages, add articles to your blog, or write more hubs on similar topics, you can link these sites to each other. This will increase your search engine rankings.

You may also decide to change or add keywords to increase the way that Google searches find your site. Use Google Analytics to see how people are accessing your site and what keywords they are searching for. You may find that people are doing searches for "blue hairy widgets" as well as for "blue fuzzy widgets". For this article, I found out that indexed in Google did better in searches than indexed by Google. A great thing about internet articles, websites, and blogs is that you can always update them with a few improvements at a later date.

Don't try to trick Google. Avoid doing the things listed below which can make Google angry at your site.

Video on How to Get Indexed in Google Quickly

Don’t Make Google Angry!

Avoid practices which violate the Google terms of service and may get your page de- indexed in Google.

  • Don’t copy work. Make sure your hub or web page is original.
  • Don’t make a page whose sole purpose is to bring in AdSense ads.
  • Don’t make a site full of key words and little or no content.
  • Don’t get involved in link schemes that claim to increase your Google ranking with fake links.
  • Don’t have friends or computer programs click on your site or ads.
  • Don’t name your hub or website after misspellings of well-known sites and then pretend that you are the official site.

What is PageRank?

PageRank is used by Google to sate the relative importance of a site. PageRank shows how likely a person will find your site when using your particular key words. The least popular sites and new sits have a PageRank of 0 and the very best sites can have a PageRank as high as 10. The exact formula that Google uses to determine PageRank is proprietary.

If your site is important in a given area, then other sites will link to it. If sites about green widgets link to your site as the expert in blue widgets, your site will seem more important to Google.

Google may punish site owners who try to artificially inflate their PageRank by creating many message board posts with links back to their website. Don’t fall for companies that claim to be able to increase your PageRank by creating hundreds of links for you. This is called Google spamming and it will not help Google ranking- in fact it may get your whole site de-indexed. However, you can look for sites and blogs on similar or related topics, and contact their owners about linking your sites to each other. You may even write informative, original articles or blogs, that can link back to your page.

Video on Google SEO Tips and Strategies

Google UFO Logo
Google UFO Logo

The Google SERP Rank

The Search Engine Results Page, or SERP, is what shows up on your computer when you do a search. Google considers the PageRank and other factors when creating the Search Engine Results Page.

The more closely the words searched for match the words in your site, the higher your ranking on the Search Engine Results Page. You can increase the chance of your site coming up in a search by having your keywords in the URL, the title, and in the text. However, too many occurrences of a keyword will just look like spam.

Tip: Google even checks the text of your image titles and descriptions. So you can use keywords in the text describing your images and videos.

You can also increase your site’s chances of coming up in a Google search by focusing on a small area, also called a niche. You may find that there is a lot of interest in blue fuzzy copper widgets, and more people may read your hub about blue fuzzy copper widgets than if you wrote about widgets in general. Your keyword here would be “blue fuzzy copper widgets”.

When you edit the keyword section on the right of your hub, put in “blue fuzzy copper widgets” all together as one key word, even though it is made up of several words. The also enter “blue copper widgets” and other relevant combinations. You may also find that your site ranks for things you didn’t think about, like “old fuzzy copper widgets” or “pink fuzzy widgets”.

Other Factors that Affect Google's Rankings

Google likes big, established sites. If you want pages indexed in Google faster, it helps to be part of a larger site. This is good for hubbers because even if you have a one page hub it is part of hubpages.com, which has thousands of pages. This is also bad news for people with pages on small, individual web sites, because they have to compete with larger sites.

Google also likes sites that have been around for a while. It makes sense that a site that has been around for only a few weeks has more potential to be a scam site than a site that has been around more than a year. So established sites will have pages indexed in Google faster than new sites. This is also good for hubbers, because even though your hub is new, hubpages.com has been around for several years. A very good new web page all alone on the internet will not have many links unless it is part of a larger site, such as hubpages.

What is SEO?

Improving Google ranking is part of a growing area of study called Search Engine Optimization, or SEO. As you write more and learn more, you can one day have many good hubs that get high rankings and search results placement from Google.

As more people view your hub, your site's importance will increase. As you develop more hubs, you can have some of them link to each other and draw in even more traffic. The more you write, the more you will develop fans who enjoy reading your posts.

There is always more to learn on any subject. Don't let confusion about Google, PageRank, indexing, SERP, and SEO keep you from developing quality, original hubs. Write interesting, informative, or creative hubs and soon you will be amazed at how many page views your hubs have and by how many fans you have.

I hope this helped you. If you click "Join Carol the Writer's Fan Club" at the top right of the page, under my picture, then hubpages will notify you when I write a new hub. If you have any questions, there is a link for that, too. 

Did This Hub Help you? Please Comment!

Rate This Indexed in Google Hub Thumbs Up and Add Your Comments Here 34 comments

Ella 3 years ago

Good to know these info. thanks.


nicomp profile image

nicomp 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

How are your space shuttle retirement hubs doing? Is the interrelated-niche- of-hubs theory still viable?


GmaGoldie profile image

GmaGoldie 5 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

Carol,

The Internet is a new frontier and I am learning daily. I have bookmarked this page to return to - very well done. Thank you!


LindaSmith1 profile image

LindaSmith1 5 years ago from USA

There is a lot of easy to understand information here. However, I do have an issue with this hub. It may be because I don't understand something quite right. I checked my hubs to see if they were indexed, exactly the way you directed above. Here is the issue I have with that: The problem I found is that our hubs are found on a search page with 24 results for instance. Those 24 results are nothing but hubs from hub pages. Now take keywords to find article among thousands in search engine, and you can forget it.


htodd profile image

htodd 5 years ago from United States

Indexing is very much required,Thanks for posting,Great news


broussardleslie profile image

broussardleslie 6 years ago

Hey, Carol, I just want to make sure I understand. If my hub is NOT indexed, there is nothing I can do except try to improve my hub, correct?

8 of my 26 are NOT indexed :( I got some work to do!


Springboard profile image

Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

Very helpful hub. It's something I don't often focus on a lot during the writing process, you know, rankings and SEO and keywords and so on and so forth, but it's good to have at least an IDEA as to what's going on, and how people are finding me.

So thanks for getting me one step closer to that. :)


Carol the Writer profile image

Carol the Writer 6 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Thanks for the nice comments.


habee profile image

habee 6 years ago from Georgia

I'm reading this again - trying to get it to sink in!


Winterfate profile image

Winterfate 6 years ago from Puerto Rico

This is a very insightful hub! I like the detail you put into it. :)

Keep up the good work!


Carol the Writer profile image

Carol the Writer 6 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Maybe that's why you're lonely. By the way, the font on your site seems small - or else my eyes are going bad.


Lonely Little Bitch 6 years ago

Hi Carol,

Great read and useful info. I created a new blog http://lonelylittlebitch.com/ four days ago but I'm still not showing up on Google or Yahoo or MSN... I guess I just need to be patient and keep writing and following your advice... Please let me know if you have any other advice.

Thanks


Carol the Writer profile image

Carol the Writer 6 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

@hotspur, Thanks for the comment. There is a lot of good information on hubpages.

@Ben Zoltak, 2010 is the last year for planned shuttle launches (unless they delay some until 2011), so see one if you can.


Ben Zoltak profile image

Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

Fun read Carol, good reminders, I'll be back to read the Space Shuttle articles in the future!

Ben


hotspur profile image

hotspur 6 years ago from England

Thanks for this. I'm new to all this so this was helpful.


Carol the Writer profile image

Carol the Writer 6 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

@ Cari Jean, The best thing is just to keep writing and researching. Indexing will come sooner or later. However, indexing is a first step. Next, you have to improve SEO and promote. Good luck!


Teresa Laurente profile image

Teresa Laurente 6 years ago from San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.

Thank you for your posts. They are very helpful and informative. More power. Hope to see you in my hubs as well. Take care.


kcnck profile image

kcnck 6 years ago

Thanks for the information.


Cari Jean profile image

Cari Jean 7 years ago from Bismarck, ND

So what if you don't think your site is indexed by Google. I wrote a hub about a month ago that I don't think is indexed yet but hubs I have written after that are indexed? Any help would be greatly appreciated!


travelespresso profile image

travelespresso 7 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

This is fantastic information Carol. Thank you for sharing it.


Carol the Writer profile image

Carol the Writer 7 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Thanks all. I am still learning this, too. I just finished a hub called Info: What is a Blog? at http://hubpages.com/technology/Info-What-is-a-Blog so now maybe we can have blogs and hubs linking to each other.


Richard Stephen 7 years ago

Hi Carol. Thanks for the great hub. You have a lot of useful information explained concisely. I learned a lot. Keep up the good work!


johncheung profile image

johncheung 7 years ago from Hong Kong

This is a great article, i learn a lot from this. Thanks, btw, I appreciate your comment on my hubs. cheers


samironwebtrack profile image

samironwebtrack 7 years ago

interesting hub..!!


habee profile image

habee 7 years ago from Georgia

Thumbs up, Carol, for an informative article! Thanks!


Carol the Writer profile image

Carol the Writer 7 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

@Nell and @SEO4Business - Thanks! Now lets make Google happy and get some ranking!


Nell Rose profile image

Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

oh that's how you do it! I really thought I had got the hang of paste this and copy that, but after spending the last two hours trying to figure it out i thought i would look and see if you had written one. Voila! got it!Thanks a lot Nell


SEO4Business profile image

SEO4Business 7 years ago from Hitchin, Hertfordshire

Hi Carol. Fantastic article about the often mis-understood world that is Google. Be a friend to this online monster and you've a best friend for life - until it decides to change how it ranks websites! And indexing is so vitally important - good, high PR in-bound links will help this process move along nicely! Looking forward to your next post!


Carol the Writer profile image

Carol the Writer 7 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Thanks for your comments. Yes, thisisoli, Google searches are getting better all the time. They can even search the text in Flash now. I will update this article as things change.


cakoy 7 years ago

hello carol thank you for your comment and i appreciate your work thanks for that helpful info.

more powers


Wendy Krick profile image

Wendy Krick 7 years ago from Maryland

Great information!


deepakeapen profile image

deepakeapen 7 years ago

Good Hub !

Thanks for your comments on my hub ! I will take care of your advise !


thisisoli profile image

thisisoli 7 years ago from Austin, Texas (From York, England!)

Hey Carol,

Just so you know alt text in images is now indexed by Google, I get thousands of results a day through Google Image search alone thanks to this technique!


amaine profile image

amaine 7 years ago from USA

Hey Carol. I appreciate your comment on my hubs. And thanks for this information as well, really helped me a lot.

I have compiled some of my writings, and now I have found a wonderful place to publish them.

Thanks for the suggestions, I will surely do those.

    Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.


    Email This Page

    To easily email this page, click on the link saying 'email this page' below.

    More by this Author


    Click to Rate This Article
    working