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Best Ways to Get Quick Index of Your Pages by Google

Best Ways to Get Quick Index of Your Pages by Google.

To appear on the search result page of Google, it must be first crawled by its spider or crawler. The next step is indexing. To gain organic traffic from Google, your site and pages must be indexed by it.

So, crawling and indexing are two crucial steps in the functioning of a search engine.

Make sure Google indexed your site. If Google doesn't index your site, you will be nowhere in it. That means no one will find your page in Google search until you get it indexed. 

If you see that Google is not indexing any page of your site for a long time, you should look for issues. Once you've found the errors, fix them.

So, you have to know the process of finding the issues and the way to fix them.

But, indexing a site doesn't mean it will appear on the first page of the search result. It is the ranking based on which your content appears on SERPs (Search Engine Result Pages).

This article covers the following-

  • What does google indexing means, 
  • How the Google search works, 
  • How to check if your site and pages are indexed,
  • Possible reasons why Google does not index your page 
  • How to fix the issues, if your site/page is not indexed
  • The best ways of getting your page indexed quickly.

What is Google Indexing

According to Neil Patel, ''indexing is the spider’s way of gathering and processing all the data from pages and sites during its crawl around the web''.

 In simple terms, indexing refers to how your site's URLs are stored and organized in a search engine database. To understand better what indexing is, you need to know how search engines work.

Let me explain the working processes of Google Search.

How Google  Search Work?

The spiders or Crawlers of Google are the robots, known as Google bots. A Googlebot visits your page by following the internal and external links to crawl it. 

During crawling, the discovered pages are stored and organized in the vast database. This process is known as Google Indexing. 

The indexed pages are now ready to appear on the result pages as answers to the relevant queries. The most relevant content will rank on the top.

Let me summarize how google and other search engines work.

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The working processes of Google and other search engines involve three Primary steps. These three steps are -

1. Crawling-The process of discovering the new or updated contents.

2. Indexing-The process of storing and organizing the pages/URLs.  

3. Ranking- The process of understanding and displaying the content on search result pages based on the relevance of search queries. 

The functioning of Yahoo, Bing, and other search engines are identical, but indexing and ranking factors are different.

Here is the video link of Google that explains how search works you should watch.

How Google organize the pages in order of best relevant to the least relevant?

There are over 200 matrics know as Google ranking factors. Based on these ranking factors google determines the rank of a page.

The latest addition is passage ranking which is already rolled out in the USA in English. The rest of the markets are in the pipelines.

Passage ranking is a new approach where Google can understand and identify the passages within a page that are utmost relevant to specific search queries.

So, you've learned the processes of crawling and indexing. Hope you understood why indexing is so important. 

The next important step is to find out if your page is indexed. I'm going to explain how to check if Google has indexed your pages/ site.

How do you know if Google has indexed your site?

  • The first method of checking out  Google indexing -Google Search

Google search is one way to check if your site has been indexed by Google. In the search bar of Google, type this- site: your

The result shows all the pages of your site that have been indexed by Google including the saved meta tags of each page.

Page index check out via Google search

The result of your search will appear like this. The arrow marked number shows the number of pages indexed by Google. The number of page shows may not be exact always.

 As of today, Google has indexed techazu's 28 pages. Scroll down the search page to get the list of a total of 28 pages.

Not having a page in the results means Google didn't index it. And that's the alarming situation, you have to take action to get indexed.

  • The second method of checking out  Google indexing

The second method is by Using Google Search Console. Most webmasters love this excellent tool. Earlier, this tool was known as Webmasters Tool.

To know the current index status of a specific page, use it. You'll get detailed information about the Google index of a page.

The Url inspection tool provides detailed information including the status of a page, the time of the last crawl, errors, warnings, and more.

Log on to Google Search Console, Choose property, navigate URL inspection, and paste the page's URL in the search box. You'll get the result within a few seconds. 

Google indexing check out through GSC

The new bloggers might be surprised to know that sometimes Google may not index your site or some of its pages.

URL Inspection using Google search console

There could be three situations-

#1-The entire site isn't indexed

#2- Some of the old pages aren't indexed

#3- Only recently-published page(s) aren't indexed.

You're going to learn what are the ways to find out issues and how to fix them. 

Watch this video to know more about the URL inspection tool in the Google search console.

Search Console's Coverage Report

Google Search console coverage report

Search Console's Coverage Report provides technical information of indexing of your site that includes the following-
  • Number of valid pages
  • Number of valid pages with warnings
  • Number pages excluded
  • The number of pages has errors.
Valid pages- These are the pages that Google has indexed without any issues.

Valid with warningsGoogle has indexed your pages, but there are some issues.

Excluded pages- These pages did not index as Google has received signals not to index them.

Pages with error-These pages are neither indexed nor indexable due to some reasons.

According to Google, if your site has fewer than 500 pages, you probably don't need to use the coverage report. 

Index Coverage Report in Search Console

But, the reality doesn't depend upon the probably always. Irrespective of the size of websites, use the coverage report to grasp its benefits.

According to ContentKing, ''If organic traffic from Google is essential to your business, you do need to use their Index Coverage report...''.

The  third  Method

The third method is to check the page indexing through a website audit tool or a site checking tool. Although there are many, Ahref and Moz are the favourites of most webmasters. Apart from these two, you can try SEO Quake to find out the indexed page.

If Google doesn't index your site or any page, how to fix it?

Once you've found the non-indexed pages of your site, the next step is to identify the issues.  

When you know the reason why Google is not indexing your page(s), getting them fixed is easy.

Now, I'll tell you something about the reasons why Google is not indexing your one or more pages.

Potential causes why your pages are not indexed by Google

1. Robots.txt

Robots.txt is an important file that instructs the crawler on how to crawl pages on your site. The first place to check if some pages of your site you want to index are blocked by robots.txt.

You can test your robots.txt file with robots.txt Tester to know if any page is blocked by it.

Search Console Robots.txt Tester

2. Server Response Code Status

To stay indexed, the URL should produce a 200 (OK) server response code
Producing a code other than 200 (OK) means your page can't be indexed. 

So you need to check it before joining to take any action. To verify the response code, use HTTPSSTATUS.IO.

3. No-Index meta tag

If your page has a ''no-index'' meta tag that tells Google not to index your page. So it is used to prevent Google from indexing.

To put it simply, if you don't want to get indexed a page by Google, you can use this tool to block that.

That's why you should be careful before using the ''no-index'' tag.

4. Duplicate content

There are two types of duplicates. Content that is copied from other websites and content that exist on other pages of your site. Both are risky. 

So, if your page contains a large amount of duplicate content, it may not be indexed. 

To check duplicate content, you can use Siteliner. It has a free version with many features. 

Apart from duplicate content, you'll get information about the average page size, average page load time, broken links, and more.

Find other Free SEO Tools here.

5. Sitemaps

Although it is not compulsory to submit a sitemap to the Google search console, you should do it. It helps crawlers better crawl.

A site map is an XML file that lists the URLs of your site. It helps search engines for crawling your pages intelligently.

 Sitemaps inform search engines about the pages on your site. 

If you don't have an XML sitemap or that's not submitted to the Google search console, that may be a reason. Hope you got the idea about the significance of an XML sitemap.

6. Internal and external links

Another area is to check the exposure of the link. Google may not index your page unless it finds a link to your content during crawling.

If a page on your site has useless links or no links, improve your profile. Hope you've understood why Google doesn't index your pages. 

I know there are many small reasons. However, I've addressed the main points above.

When pages are removed from the index of Google?

If you think that once your page is indexed, it is permanent, you're wrong.

According to Moz,  Google may remove your pages from the index due to some reasons that include-
  • 4xx and 5xx errors
  • when you add a no-index tag to a page
  • violation of Google's Webmasters Guideline
  • and some other reasons.

The 6 best ways to get your URLs indexed quickly.

The 6 best ways to get your pages indexed quickly are-

1. Unblock the blocks.
2. Request Indexing.
3. Helf Google to find out your page quickly.
4. Get Backlinks from popular sites and Interlinked the relevant pages of your sites.
5. Promote your content to social media.
6. Make sure the page load time is optimal.

Let me explain each point so that you can understand what exactly they mean.

1. Unblock the blocks

I've already discussed a few blocks that prevent Google from indexing your pages, such as blocks by no-index tags and robots. Text etc.

If you discovered that any page you want to index is blocked, unblock them.

Typically, to avoid duplication, webmasters want to block the static pages like the ''about page'', ''contact page'', ''sitemap '', and '' pages containing legal documents.
But for pages that you want to index, you need to remove the HTTLP header or meta elements that are blocking the crawlers.

Remove X-robots -tag and all of the headers if you found. They look like these-
  • X-Robots-Tag: noindex
  • <meta name="robots" content="noindex">
  • <meta name="Googlebot" content="noindex">

2. Request Indexing.

Request indexing is an excellent feature of the Google search console. It tells Google to recrawl your page. Request Indexing feature under the URL inspection tool allows you to request crawl of individual page. 

After a temporary suspension due to some infrastructure change, it is now active. When you publish a new page or update an existing page, submit ''request indexing'' to get your page indexed by Google quickly.

Although Google doesn't offer a guarantee of instant indexing, it boosts the process to include your page to search index. Submitting requests after hitting the publish button for new content, and the update button for existing content works for me well.

The process is simple, so you don't need to hire an expert. Press Request Indexing under URL inspection tool. It will run a live test to see if there is an indexing issue. 

If there are no errors, your page will be queued for index. But, if there is an issue, fix it first, then request indexing.

Note: There is a daily limit to submitting a request for indexing. The daily limit for live URLs is 50 Requests.

3. Helf Google to find out your pages quickly.

There are many ways to assist search engines so that you can get your pages quickly.

Create super high-quality content. Help search engines to know that your pages are informative and useful.

 Go for long-form articles and punch some relevant visuals to add more value. Remove or upgrade the poor content, if any, you have on your site.

Although submission of sitemaps is not compulsory, you should do it. 

It helps Google discover your page more intelligently. It also adds images, videos, and additional metadata for each page.

Create a robots.txt file and mention the path to your sitemap in it. This file tells search crawlers which pages it can or can't index from your site.

4. Get Backlinks from popular sites and Interlinked the relevant pages of your sites.

Googlebot follows the do-follow backlinks pointing to your sites. You should focus on getting backlinks from popular sites either through blog commenting and/or guest posting. Gaining backlinks also help drive traffic to your site.

Internal linking with relevant pages of your site helps get rid of indexing problems.

Through internal links, the crawler visits from page to page and can understand better the relevance of the pages of your site.

5. Promote your content to social media.

Promote your content on social media, get more votes and shares, gain popularity.
Let the people talk about your content.

Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn are some of the oldest social platforms that allow you to post links.

Go to Quora, answer some relevant questions, and link to your pages. It will also help to get traffic.

6. Make sure, the page load time is optimal. 

 You know, Google likely to drop the ranking of the Pages that load very slow. Sometimes, in the worst situation, your slow loading page may fall out from the Google index!

Improve your page load speed, both for mobile and desktop.

Page speed Insight is an excellent tool that helps you measure the page load performance, along with suggestions.

Opportunities that can help your page load faster include the followings:
  • Remove unused JavaScript
  • Reduce initial server response time
  • Serve images in next-gen formats
  • Defer offscreen images
  • Avoid chaining critical requests.
Alternatively, you can use Gtmerix to measure page performance.

Page load performance with Gtmerix

 The Final Thoughts

Remember, Prevention is better than cure. Every time you publish a new page, do a live test and use ''request indexing''. Likewise. when you update existing content, request  Google to recrawl your page. That's one of the best practices to get indexed by Google.  

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