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How to check if your hub, webpage or site has been indexed by Google

Updated on May 13, 2012

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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      Lizolivia 

      5 years ago from Central USA

      Thanks for the info, very useful, voted up.

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      http://www.slideshare.net/fel3232/top-caterers-in-miami 

      5 years ago

      Good advice, I just installed the seo quake and it works.

      Happy Holidays!!!

    • OregonWino profile imageAUTHOR

      OregonWino 

      6 years ago

      Thank you! Happy that this helped you Standing!!

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      Amy 

      6 years ago from Colorado

      Just what I was looking for, I like how you spelled everything out! Thank you!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      6 years ago from California

      Very helpful! Thank you!

    • creditcardhost profile image

      creditcardhost 

      6 years ago

      This was very helpful. I am launching a new website and you gave a confirming tip. Thanks

    • LauraGSpeaks profile image

      LauraGSpeaks 

      6 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      Thank you for writing this hub. As a new hubber, it is extremely helpful information. I am off now to see if I am indexed.

    • the-remedy profile image

      the-remedy 

      6 years ago from Houston

      Thank you for this information. I was happy to see my first hub was already indexed and it's only been 48 hours. Great!!

    • Kiela Starcatcher profile image

      Kiela Starcatcher 

      6 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Thanks for this, Oregon! Not only did I find that I am indexed on Google, but I discovered some sites linking to my hubs! Yay for free advertising (without thieving my material and causing a hub violation, no less! LOL)! (^_^)

      Rated up / useful!

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      Shandria Ball 

      7 years ago from Anniston

      great info!voted up

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      Johnny Parker 

      7 years ago from Birkenhead, Wirral, North West England

      Thanks for that Wino, another mystery demystified!

    • OregonWino profile imageAUTHOR

      OregonWino 

      8 years ago

      @ Mahindra. You would do the same thing as above but use the exact URL from the specific page you want to check on instead of your main page.

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      Mahindra Raj 

      8 years ago

      Thanks for this. Question though: How does a person check to see if an individual page of a website has been indexed?

      Thanks

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      Mpages 

      8 years ago from USA

      Thank you for the tips, they are helpful.

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      samboiam 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Thanks for this helpful tip. I appreciate you taking the time to share this.

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      Cyberfreakf9 

      8 years ago from karachi

      Thank your for this valuable information know i can check my new site is it index or not?

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      RedElf 

      8 years ago from Canada

      This was very clear and straight-forward. Thanks so much!

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      Pamela Lipscomb 

      8 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Thanks for the great information. Now I can check my blog articles to see if they are listed.

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      Darlene Sabella 

      8 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      I truly need this info but it is way over my head, I still can't figure out how to ad my amazon capsules to my hug pages. This is nuts. Thanks for a great article.

    • OregonWino profile imageAUTHOR

      OregonWino 

      8 years ago

      Thank you!! I am glad this was helpful!

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      Chinweike 

      8 years ago from Glasgow, UK

      Good one. Now i can check my hubpages to know when they are actually indexed. Thanks for the information

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