How to Submit Your Website to Search Engines

September 19, 2022
How to Submit Your Website to Search Engines

Search engines are a hotbed for web traffic. Therefore, it is imperative to submit your website in order to rank higher on SERP and drive people towards the page you want them to go to. Indexing a website automatically is not enough, you must also submit your site in order for the search engines to have accurate data about your business’s online presence. This guide will show you how to submit your website for indexing by three major search engines: Google, Bing, and Yandex.

Other well-known sites like Yahoo use the same data as these guys  – so it might help if we go through each one individually! Yahoo you can set up through Bing Web Master tools. You’ll learn how to check your website’s index status and avoid errors during the submission process.

We hope that by end of this tutorial, you will be able to improve your ranking on SERPs!

Submitting a Website to Google Search Console

Google dominates the search engine market worldwide by 92.47% as of 2021. So, submitting your website to GSC helps increase brand awareness and drive higher traffic. Have you created new content? Recent updates to your website? Submit the updated sitemap.xml URL so Google can capture the updated pages.

  1. Register to Google Search Console(GSC)
  2. Add new Property(yoursite.com)
  3. Add DNS Txt Records to hosting
  4. Select Sitemaps within Google Search Console
  5. Submit your /sitemap.xml page

Don’t forget that website submission can refer to the whole domain or individual web pages(shown below).

How to Upload a Sitemap to Google Search Console

To submit your website to Google, upload your sitemap to Google Search Console. A Sitemap is an XML file containing data on your website and the relationship between its pages. If you are using WordPress websites try using SEOPress or YOAST both have options to turn this on automatically once installed! 

Most sitemaps can be found here: yourwebsite.com/sitemap.xml/

If you do not see a sitemap there, see if the location is listed within yourwebsite.com/robots.txt

Robots.txt sample

Not using a CMS? Create a sitemap manually. Most likely if you check the robots.txt URL like above in the photo you’ll find you may already have one.

Google uses XML sitemaps to index your site faster by storing its web pages more efficiently. Here are some of the benefits of using an XML sitemap to submit your site to Google:

  • New content indexing – notify Google about new content on your website.
  • Site silo structure – submitting sitemap.xml shows the structure of your website providing search crawlers with a map of your site. Speeding up the process.
  • Search engine optimization – helps optimize your website. Think of it as showing Google a roadmap of your website for them vs those without.

Upload XML sitemaps to Google Search Console

  • Manually – create an XML file with a relevant HTML code. 
  • Automatically – insert your URL on an online generator, and it will automatically generate a sitemap URL. Great for HTML & Web3 websites.
  • Plugin – install the YoastSEO or SEOPress plugin to create a sitemap for your WordPress site. We like SEOPress.

Check if Google has already found your site

Not sure whether or not your site has been detected and indexed by Google’s spiders? You can actually check for yourself!

type site:mywebsite.com into Google search.

 You will now get a list of all the pages, posts, and other content types that are listed with Google.

Check if Google has already found your site

No results came up for your website, then Google hasn’t been able to find and index your site yet. In this case, it is a good idea to submit your site to Google.

The first step in this process is to register with Google Search Console. So, let’s find out how to do that…

Register Website With Google Search Console

Register to Google Search Console

Imagine trying to rank your website without registering with Google Search Console first. GSC allows you to control how your website interacts with Google. Here are the primary benefits Google Search Console provides to users:

  1. Get content indexed quicker by Google  – Submit your sitemaps and individual URLs instantly. 
  2. URL performance analysis – View detailed crawl, index, and serving information about your pages.
  3. View search analytics – Find out which query search terms or pages bring users to your site, what keywords they used, analyze page positions in Google Search, and much more(shown below).

Google Search Console is a free, quick, and easy way to get your site listed on the interwebs. You can do so by opening up Google’s webpage (or clicking here), then under the Domain section enter “your website URL”.

If you’re already using Google Analytics, you can verify your site by using your existing Google Analytics tracking code. If you have not set this up yet Google will now give you a list of options to verify that you own your site. Usually, it’s a simple process of adding HTML code to your DNS Record.

In order to edit your hosting’s DNS zones, you will need access through cPanel. Select “Advanced” from the menu bar on this page and then select Zone Editor Options for steps about making changes in different parts of it such as adding new ones or editing existing ones! Then add the Google Search Console code as a TXT record.

The hosting provider should be able to walk you through this process. We personally use WPX Hosting. You will then need to wait between a couple of hours and all said is done!

Google will confirm that the sitemap has been successfully submitted. Google will then process the sitemap verification and should index your website within a few hours.

Submit a Website to Google

To submit a website to Google, navigate to the Search Property drop-down menu in the top left corner. Then, click on the Sitemaps option under Index in the sidebar. You will then be given the option to Add a New Sitemap. Type in the sitemap URL and click on Submit.

How does Google index website content?

Google has a four-step process it uses to index websites. There are over 100 ranking factors so we’re going to break it down into our top 4. 

Step 1. Discover
Discovery is where Google learns that your website exists. A lot of websites never submit their sitemaps and eventually, Google does find them or finds websites from backlinks.

Step 2. Crawl
The Googlebot, a program from the world-famous web search engine spiders through your pages to download information from your website. The point of the sitemap.xml is to make this process easier for it.

Step 3. Process
Processing is where key information is extracted from the crawled pages and prepared for indexing.

Step 4. Index
Indexing is where the processed information from crawled pages are added to a big database called Google’s search index. This gives them access in pulling billions of webpages for their library, which they use when ranking results on different topics related or not so much as what you’re searching about but rather how popular an individual site may be within that particular niche area (i e if there was one specific topic people were coming back again and again).

Why is submitting Google Sitemaps important?

The first step in the process is to submit your website. By doing so, you can potentially speed up discovery by Google – which could mean more people finding what you offer! Some key important factors to consider why indexing is important.

  • Shows Google you care more
    • But this also goes a step further and allows you to show Google only the pages you want to show and exclude old pages or duplicates.
  • Alert Google sooner about new pages
    • Within your content system, you could set up the website to ping Google automatically saving you time from submitting sitemaps manually.
  • Identify Orphan Pages 
    • When you submit sitemaps usually orphan pages show up. Google can’t find these pages off crawling alone unless other pages are mentioning that page. 

Conclusion

Google has been the go-to search engine for many people since it was founded back in 1998. But even though your site might be indexed, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll rank on top of Google’s list when someone searches for what they want online! This is where hiring professionals like SEODesignLab, LLC to handle your digital marketing & presence makes sense.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Most websites I've noticed only take a few days very rarely do you see weeks go by. If it takes longer do not worry, this can happen. 

 

In order to keep Google from automatically indexing all of your URLs, you need a robots.txt file that blocks access for crawlers and spiders (which are commonly used by search engines). If there isn't one or if it has been improperly crafted then this can lead them not only stop publishing pages but also remove those from their rankings entirely!

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