How To Submit A Site To Google
This article will detail how to submit your site to Google in detail, rapidly and correctly, as well as provide a comparative view of the different methods and time-frames you can use to achieve this goal.
Ironically, I do not advocate using Google's own site suggestion tool in doing so, I will address this point further down in the article. Instead, I will outline a simple routine that has helped me index my content, websites and resources swiftly and efficiently.
Preparation Tips (By Google)
One of the most profitable and exponentially growing markets is that of Google search engine optimization, where businessmen and marketers have begun to offer their experience and services to improve the rankings, revenue and popularity of websites. In many cases, the world of SEO is one littered by false promises and speculation.
Optimizing your website before it goes live is an important factor because it will save you both time and energy in the long run. Now, because this article is about Google, and not about SEO, I'm going to be concise and summarize what Google itself expects from high-quality submissions. These are not the ramblings of a sales-seeking marketer, rather, precise and proven techniques to get the "nod" from our search engine of choice.
- Limit the amount of links on the page (Bots usually clip link following at around 100 URLS)
- Provide high-quality, unique content.
- Limit the use of dynamic pages (if you are using one of many content management platforms that use dynamic pages by default, such as Pligg, it is preferable to make sure you activate search engine friendly URLS -- which can usually be achieved by modifying the .htaccess file)
- Ensure that your website has correct HTML and is free of broken or malicious links.
- There should be no stand-alone pages that cannot be navigated too without a direct navigational link.
- Make sure you content, titles and keywords are relevant.
Google's Submit Site Tool
Google's submission tool is requires you to add fill in some basic information which will queue your website for being crawled and potentially indexed (not all websites are indexed).
While this does work, the problem is that indexing is generally a very slow process via this tool. I advise that viewers not rely solely on this tool, especially if you're in a hurry to get indexed. It can take several weeks to get crawled, and if there is an on-page problem that is preventing you from being indexed, you may never know or be entirely sure.
If you plan on indexing a static website, expending as little effort as possible and comfortable with a frame time frame (let's call it a fire-and-forget website), then alerting Google via their tool may be your best option. But for the rest of us, there are swifter and more constructive techniques.
Submit A Site To Google (the fast way)
I use a combination of personal blogs and article marketing to index my content rapidly. For some reason, my personal low-profile blog indexes new articles (I'll throw in some free social bookmarks as well) and links within a half an hour. Combining this powerful tool with authoritative free article directories has proven of infinite worth when it comes to indexing speed and search engine rankings.
There are a few obstacles and problems with this process though, which are:
- Not everyone has the time and energy to host a blog
- The best free article directory, Ezinearticles, has an aggravating learning curve as well as a limitative and slow editorial process for newer authors (the catch of course is that Google prizes the hand-selected nature of the articles with a conspicuous thumbs up)
We can solve the latter of these problems by either completing the trial stages of the new memberships successfully (recommended -- stick with it) or switching to other great, free platforms. The website you are currently on, Hubpages, is a fantastic way to get your website indexed also, providing you abide by their terms and conditions. Other authority platforms that can serve you well are Goarticles and Squidoo. For a full list of useful platforms please use the links in the tab to the top-right of this text!
Matt Cutts - Google Software Engineer
Other Important Tools
As Matt Cutts explains in the video, being crawled, while important, is not the be all and end-all of your indexing woes. Once you have verified that your content does not violate the aforementioned guidelines, be sure to maximize your exposure by doing the following:
- Create a Google Webmasters account and upload a sitemap (learn more about sitemaps here).
- Use social bookmarking to create a positive domino effect via word of mouth (this can be done at any stage in the marketing process!).
- Create a Yahoo Webmaster tools account (possibly the best way to monitor your backlinks!)
- Update your content every now and then (the more you update, the more attention your page will receive from search engines)
Thank you very much for slugging through this article, I hope it has been of use. Please do not hesitate to post comments or criticism in the comments module below, I will get round to answering any query as quickly as humanly possible!
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