How to check if your hub, webpage or site has been indexed by Google
Most of us struggled with the back-end mechanics of writing articles/blogs/hubs etc. when we first started writing online. One of the key components of success with any website or article is how much traffic you are getting from search engines. Not only can search engines provide large amounts of traffic, search engine traffic is the most lucrative as those visitors are the most likely to click links or buy items and in turn make us some CASH!!
The first step in maximizing search engine traffic is confirming that your page has been indexed by Google. Obviously there are many search engines out there, but Google is the 800 pound gorilla AND it is a good bet that if you have been indexed by them then you have been indexed by the others as well.
The first thing that you need to do is to check that your site has ben indexed by Google. This is actually VERY simple.
Step 1: Go to the Google home page (www.google.com.)
Step 2 : In the search box you need to enter the following information (note that this is the search box NOT the URL bar. enter site:your URL
So, if your URL is www.mysite.fake then you would enter site:http://www.mysite.fake
Make sure that you have included the full URL including the http:// . The picture above shows what will be returned if your site has been indexed (click on the pictures for full sized screen shots.) If your site has not yet been indexed then you will get a message like the one in the picture below letting you know that Google was not able to find anything matching your request...i.e. that your site has not yet been added to their library.
If your site is still very new and is not showing up, I would not be that concerned, if however, you have been around for a while then this is a serious concern. There are many ways to speed up the natural process of being indexed. I have quite a bit of experience with this and I will tell you the following are pretty good rules of thumb.
1. Manual submission is a waste of time...and this goes for all the "we submitt your site to 100 bizillion search engines" sites. If it is free then it is just a waste of time, if they want to charge you then it is a flat out scam.
2. IF you are using Hubpages, then it will happen pretty quick regardless as Hubpages has a GREAT reputation with Google and is crawled VERY frequently, so just make the hub as pretty as possible. If you don't have a Hubpages account click here and sign up! Hubpages Sign Up
3. One of the main ways that Google and other search engines find new sites to index is by following links from other, already indexed sites. This is why having links to your site out there is so important. Luckily, this is very easy to do. If you havea blog, make sure you do an entry that includes the URL of your new site/hub/article. If not, you can use social bookmarking sites. Just Google "Social bookmarking sites" and you will get a TON of options.
4. Post comments in other peoples blogs or articles with the URL for your site. This is one of the oldest and most successful ways to get your site indexed. However you want to be careful that you are not just spamming. Write a well thought your comment that is relevant to the topic and include your site if it will add to the discussion. Also, because some sites do not allow links at all in the comments, Google "list of dofollow blogs" to make sure your efforts are going to pay off.
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