Blogging is definitely one of the best online businesses in Nigeria today. It has sealed its place with the successes of people like Seun Osewa of Nairaland and Linda Ikeji of LindaIkejisBlog. Nairaland is currently the biggest online forum in Nigeria, and LindaIkejisBlog is a leader in gossip blogging. So, these two websites do not solely depend on search engines for traffic. However there are other websites that rely mainly on search engines for traffic. This is where Google indexing comes to play.
Websites like NigerianIndex right here may get most of the needed traffic from search engines. And, when talking about search engines, Google is currently the leader. In fact, a lot of people do not even know that other search engines exist. Such search engines as Bing and Yahoo are less popular, especially on this side of the world.
Google Index simply has to do with having websites appear on Google Search Engine Results Page (SERP). That should be the main goal of every website intending to give information. This will likely make you passive income when your posts start appearing on search results.
It takes some websites weeks or even months to get indexed by Google. This post will show you how to do it within two days.
What is Google Indexing?
Here is an insightful answer I got from Quora:
indexing is the process of adding web pages into Google search. Depending upon which meta tag you used (index or NO-index), Google will crawl and index your pages. A no-index tag means that that page will not be added into the web search’s index. By default, every WordPress post and page is indexed.
How to know if your Website is Google-indexed
Unless your website is new, then it is probably Google-indexed already. This is because, whether you follow some steps or not, Google eventually indexes your site. However, if your website is new, it is wise to put the right things in place.
To find out if your website is indexed on Google, you only have to do a simple Google search. Do a Google search for “site://yourdomain.com” on your device. For example, to check the Google index status of NigerianIndex, all I have to do is search for ”site://nigerianindex.com” on Google.
If Google has indexed your site, the result page will include a list of some links to your website. However, if your site is yet to be indexed, you will get no search results. In that case, you should use the following tips judiciously. Even if your site is indexed already, you may also need to use these tips to push your Google indexing to its full potential.
What you should do for Google to index your site
It might interest you to know that NigerianIndex got Google-indexed within two days of creating it. This post explains the things we did to achieve this.
First, there are some basic things to set up. Then there are things you have to do.
Google Indexing: What you should set up
To monitor your Google index stats, you should submit your site to Google. You can do this by creating an account on Google Search Console. Typically, you may already have an account if you have a Google account. Visit Google Search Console and log in with your Gmail address. Follow the instructions on the page to add and verify your website. After doing this, create a sitemap of your website, and submit it on the Search Console. Google will give you instructions on how to go about this on the Search Console.
After following the steps, you can now monitor your index stats on Search Console. You will get to see the number of submitted URLs and indexed URLs. You will also see whatever index errors are on your site.
Google Indexing: Other Things to put in Place As a Blogger
The things you have to put in place for Google Indexing may be quite different in different countries. However, the main thing still remains Search Engine Optimisation (SEO). For your posts to get indexed on Google, you should optimise them for search engines. The time it takes for Google indexing on one site may be different from that of another site. It usually depends on the work you put into it.
Here are the things you need to put in place for Google to index your site quickly:
1. Post Quality Content
The main aim of many websites is to share information with readers. So, readers who come to your website are expecting some quality information. This could be tutorials, news, reviews, etc. Even Google recognises good content. When Google bots scan your website, Google finds out the quality of the posts on your website. Whenever you are creating content for your website, you should put yourself in the shoes of your potential readers. Write what you would want to read. This way, Google indexing becomes faster. Before long, Google bots will find your website, and make your posts appear on search results.
2. Use Keywords properly
Keywords are what readers actually search for on search engines when seeking information. You should do proper keyword research before coming up with your posts. Let the keywords appear in the right quantity in your posts. Even if your website is new, Google realises that you are posting what people are actually searching for. However, a lot of people use these keywords wrongly. When you do keyword stuffing, your website may even get penalised. You should let the keywords appear enough for human comprehension, but not too much as to make the content hard to comprehend. Use keywords like you are writing for humans, and not for bots. There are a number of keyword tools out there that you can use. Some of these are Semrush and KWFinder. Using the right keywords makes Google indexing faster.
3. Update your Website often enough
Your readers expect to always get content from your website when they need it. So, you should make sure that you always serve them promptly. Usually, the more often you post, the higher your page authority and domain authority get. This is especially if you have people reading your content.
When you update your website often, Google bots scan your website more often. This means that Google also updates your website on the search engine more often. This may grant you more visibility over time, as you have more posts that people search for. For a new website, having more posts will make Google indexing faster.
4. Post Original Content
It is not good enough to just keep churning out content for your site. Make sure that you have original content. Do not just lift content from some other site and paste it on your site. It doesn’t work that way. Quick Google indexing requires that you come up with your own quality posts.
If you have to use posts from other sites, use them for research purposes only. Then, put what you understand from them together, and form your own post. Do not copy and paste, as Google may penalise you for this. Rather than Google indexing your site, they may actually just block you from the search engine.
5. Use Internal Links in your Posts
Google bots crawl your website by going through the posts and links present. This means easier to crawl your website when your posts are connected to one another. That is what internal linking does. Within your posts, add links to other posts. You should endeavour to do this subtly so as not to affect readability.
If your post is about the recipe for egusi soup, you may include a link to another recipe you have written for oha soup. This will make Google bots get more productive while crawling your site. It will also boost your Google indexing shot.
If you use the tips in this post properly, Google indexing will be a piece of cake for your site. Before long, your posts will begin to appear on Google SERPs. Even if your site is not new, following these instructions will make your posts appear more. Your posts may even easily get to the first page of search results. That’s what you want, right? That’s what you’ll get.
So, here is a list of things to put in place for Google indexing as a blogger:
- Post Quality Content.
- Use Keywords properly.
- Update your Website often enough.
- Post Original Content.
- Use Internal Links in your Posts.
Author: Vincent Abolarin
Vincent is a Nigerian blogger with special interest in the history and current happenings in the country. When he is not blogging, he enjoys reading and playing computer games.