How to Check If My Website is Indexed by Google: “Is my site indexed? I think it has something to do with SEO. But my website is optimized…I guess. I’d prefer to find out how to increase my earnings with the ads!”
Do you know that the number of indexed pages can actually influence the amount of money you can earn by placing ads?
How to Check If My Website is Indexed by Google
To put it shortly, index is a huge database Google uses to store the information about every web page it has analyzed. The process of this analysis is called “crawling”, you must have heard this word.
Why is it Important to be indexed
If a website hasn’t been crawled and is not presented in the index, it simply doesn’t exist to the search engine. This means that the next time someone searches for the information that you have on your site, it won’t be returned to the user in the SERP. Because, once again, to the search engine your website (or some of its pages) simply doesn’t exist.
How to know if my site is indexed by Google?
It’s hard to say the exact amount of time that takes Google to index a website. The general idea is that it’s usually 4 days to 4 weeks, but the exceptions happen and there were a couple of examples when it took less than 4 days for a new site to be indexed.
Checking the overall number of indexed pages on your site is quite easy. Go to Google and type “site:url”, where “url” is your website address. For example, you can check the number of pages Google has indexed on CNN by typing in “site:cnn.com”
“Okay, now I know where to see the number of my indexed pages. But how do I make sure my site is indexed in the right way?” – you ask.
Previously we put together several articles about each of the tools you can use to help your site get indexed properly.
- Creating a sitemap is the first step. Sitemap is a document containing all the info about your website structure and its pages. It comes really handy if you want crawlers to have an easy access to the data about your site. It also improves overall indexation of your site. There are two types of sitemaps that you can create, you can read about both of them or learn how to create a sitemap.
- Next thing to make is robots.txt file. This one will guide the search engine crawlers within your site’s structure. It will tell the crawlers not to pay attention to some parts of the site if you want them to be “unseen”. Setting up a robots.txt file may take some time, and we have some help for you in a related article describing essential syntax you may need to use and some other tips.
- Additionally, you can make general improvements to your website which will help Google better crawl it and possibly rank it higher. It doesn’t influence the number of pages indexed by Google but can provide better results for your SERP position and, eventually, your income.
- Post unique content. Use plagiarism checkers, spend more time looking for cutting edge stories. Avoid duplicates by setting your robots.txt correctly if you need to
- Beware of Keyword Spam
- Control crawlers’ access to the site